By Howard Clemens
I take educational student travel groups to Orlando Florida on a regular basis, and have been for the past 24 years. I find that the educational experience students have is greatly enriched when a Disney YES program is on the itinerary. Disney YES Programs stand for Youth Education Series. All of the programs are specially designed to take student travel groups behind the scenes at Walt Disney World and allow these student groups have a unique active learning experience.
When student travel groups visit Orlando, Florida, the leaders should have some general idea of desirable educational goals. Disney Yes Programs will quickly illustrate each program’s usefulness in just about any curriculum. Disney YES programs are designed to blend with educational objectives at the K-12 level and for college students up to age 22. Educators and students will realize that Disney’s YES Programs provide real world content and valuable participation in learning for various fields of study. Disney YES programs take place in the park setting, using exhibits in various theme parks and a creative approach to teach students in an active setting.
Arts and Humanities
Students who participate in Disney’s YES program for Arts and Humanities will have an exciting array of choices to complement their curriculum. Learn about the art of improvisation in “Magic Behind the Show.” Understand the artistic methods behind use of animation software in “Disney’s Animation Magic,” or explore the impacts that new technologies have on contemporary cultures in Millenium Cultures. For diverse viewpoints on American history, students will appreciate “The American Story.” Many of these Disney YES programs take place in popular theme parks such as Epcot®, The Magic Kingdom®, or Disney-MGM Studios.
Life Management (Marine and Wildlife Sciences)
Gaining insight into the natural world through a safe interaction with it, students come to have a fuller understanding of the sciences in this Disney YES Program. Through various approaches, the Life Management program helps students to gain a better understanding of the marine and wildlife sciences as professions. In “Keepers of the Kingdom” educational travel groups obtain a glimpse of conservation and animal care in Disney’s Animal Kingdom®. Or, student travel groups may participate in a “Leadership Excellence, or “Making Waves with a Marine Career” to learn how to better achieve career goals. Students learn about the many faceted roles they will play as professionals in the marine and wildlife science fields in this Disney YES Program.
Many student travel groups maintain an active interest in the environment and the natural world and its protection and preservation for future generations. The Natural Sciences program is especially beneficial for a curriculum that reinforces conservation of natural resources in marine and wildlife habitats. “Wild by Nature” helps the student understand animal behavior, motivations, and social habits. “Everyday Chemistry” reveals the chemical substances in everyday things and makes the theory of chemistry more tangible for students. For the student interested in ecological preservation, “Disney’s Ocean Discoveries” and “Team Up for Wildlife” encourage preservation in the marine and wildlife environments. These programs offer deeper insight into the world of nature and will definitely enhance student curriculums in biology, science, chemistry, marine biology, and even more fields of academic interest.
The physical sciences are sometimes perceived as elusive, and hard to study. The Disney YES Program brings physics and contemporary technological advances right down to the everyday level. Educational travel students are eager to participate in “Energy and Waves” an experience based program about the natural operation of light, sound, and magnetism and how science can manipulate them. In “How Things Move” student travel groups gain an understanding of the ways in which Disney World rides are designed with the physics of mechanics in mind. “Properties in Motion” is a hands on class that takes students out into the park to actually explore the physics of mechanics at work.
I have seen many students light up and become active, engaged learners when they participate in a Disney YES Program. Though it takes some advance planning to ensure scheduling needs, a good educational travel consultant can make certain a student travel group participates in a Disney YES Program while the group tours Orlando, Florida. Trust me, students who have the experience of a Disney YES Program will leave with a much different perception of Disney World.
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