Group of 5th-8th Graders Spent Week Exploring Our Own Backyard
Group of 5th-8th Graders Spent Week Exploring Our Own Backyard

The Princeton Day School community lives in an unusually culture-rich spot, which makes it a delight to dream up a week's worth of fantastic day trips for Middle School students. Each year, the aptly named Mini-Course "Exploring Our Own Back Yard" does exactly that as one of the dozen or so unique course offerings during this special week of Middle School programming. Here's a summary of this year's "Exploring Our Own Backyard" itinerary, along with some photo highlights:

Day 1 (Friday afternoon): We head out to The Amazing Escape Room on Route 1, an exhilarating opportunity for students from Grades 5 through 8 to come together and work as in cross-grade teams.

Day 2 (Monday): We head south to visit the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia (opened in 1827, the first prison to emphasize reform over punishment), and then explore the Adventure Aquarium in Camden.

Day 3 (Tuesday): This year we were snowed out, but we had planned to head west to visit the Martin Guitar Factory in Nazareth, PA.

Day 4 (Wednesday): We head north to visit the Buehler Challenger & Science Center in Paramus, and conduct a simulated mission to the moon.

Day 5 (Thursday): Our Own Backyard! We stay hyper-local. First we go to the Princeton Garden Theatre to watch IQ, a 1994 comedy that was filmed right here in Princeton. Then we visit the Howell Living History Farm to learn about making maple sugar.

Kudos to faculty co-leaders Amy Beckford, Jack Madani, Tara Quigley, Cloey Talotta and Katy Terry for putting together a fascinating week for the students!