25 March 2013

Field Trip: Railway Museum


We went to the Railway Museum in Saitama City. It was one of the best field trips I've ever taken with a class. Incredible exhibits and lots of hands-on activities. Perfect for our inquiry into human energy usage. Learned two important lessons for excursions:

1. Take the whole day and expect to move slowly. Plan extra time for everything, then expect it to take even longer.

2. If you want your kids to explore a particular part of the museum during free time, take them there, then set them loose. Don't expect them to find it on their own.


This interactive exhibit lets you control a real train motor, wheel, and brake system!


I must be getting old, because I was most interested in seats. Here's a picture of me traveling back in time sitting on a tatami seat from 1902.