Hawaii’s Battleship Missouri Memorial is encouraging students to continue engaging, learning and exploring from home during this unprecedented time by inviting them to take a virtual field trip to the “Mighty Mo” and experience America’s last battleship.
This year marks a significant opportunity to get a glimpse of the USS Missouri’s place in history as the Battleship Missouri Memorial commemorates the 75th anniversary of the End of WWII on 2 September 2020.
The memorial’s ‘Skype in the Classroom’ initiative began in 2009 and has since ‘travelled’ over one million miles to classrooms all over the world.
Bringing the history of the USS Missouri to life for those who are unable to visit the ship in person, this Skype-in educational program has allowed students in classrooms from countries including, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Pakistan, India, Morocco, and Singapore the unique chance to learn more about the historic Mighty Mo.
The one-hour virtual field trip takes students on a tour back in time, explaining the ship’s place in history, length of service, and explains the impressive magnitude of her size and power of her guns.
For students in grades seven through to 12, the discussion also includes a more in-depth conversation about World War II and the Missouri’s famous role in that war. Each field trip concludes with a student-based question and answer session.
Classes are available from 7am until 4pm (Hawaii Standard Time), Monday to Friday.
Featured image credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority/Tor Johnson