Boeing Virtual Field Trip
Join Discovery Education and Boeing as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day: the worldwide event focused on promoting clean living and a healthy, sustainable habitat for humans and wildlife.
The first Earth Day in 1970 mobilized millions of Americans to take action to improve the environment and is credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Fifty years later, Earth Day is now focusing on climate change action as citizens around the world unite to tackle the biggest challenge to the future of our planet.
The first official Earth Day: 1970 (NY Times)
Earth Day, 50 years later: 2020
Before we take our virtual field trip with Boeing, we need to learn a bit more about Earth Day.
Why is Boeing doing anything special for Earth Day?
Why do we have a day to celebrate the Earth? What is it for?
On April 22, the world will celebrate Earth Day’s 50th birthday.
Visit earthday.org/history to learn more about why Earth Day began and how it has evolved over the years.
Use the worksheet below to guide you through your search.
Earth Day Investigation
During the EcoAction Virtual Field Trip, you will explore how air, water, land, and waste are connected to sustainability. Record brief notes in the chart below as you learn about actions that positively impact the environment in each of these categories.
Download the worksheet below.
Post Field Trip Activity #1: Uniting for Change
Let's do some more research about climate action and explore how companies, communities, and individuals can make a difference.
Download the worksheet below.
Post Field Trip Activity #1
Post Field Trip Activity #2: Become a Citizen Scientist
Boeing is collaborating with communities and individuals around the world to protect the environment. Opportunities also exist to help students unite with others and contribute to environmental causes on a larger scale.
One example is Citizen Science!
1. What comes to mind when you hear the term Citizen Scientist?
2. Why may citizen scientists be important? How could someone without a science background help scientists?
Check your answers at the bottom of the page.
Follow the directions in the worksheet below to start contributing to local and global environmental initiatives.
Post lesson Discussion:
Do you believe climate actions performed by individuals, communities, companies, or a combination of the three have the potential to make the biggest difference? Why?
Answers to discussion questions in Post Activity #2
1. A citizen scientist is an individual—a child, a student, a teenager, or an adult—who contributes their time to scientific research. These individuals don’t need a formal science background in order to help perform important tasks in collaboration with scientists.
2. Science relies on observation. The more people who can record observations and share data, the better! By having people around the world use technology to share their observations, scientists are able to accomplish much more than they ever could themselves.
Sources: Thank you to Future U Boeing for this resource.