Welcome to the new, interactive, easy and cooperative 4th through 6th grade classroom experience for hands-on learning the histories of and imagining the futures of ground transportation here on earth and soon on distant planets.
This diverse, entertaining and simple-to-teach course begins with students playing an interactive game that challenges and guides them as they discover the answers to clues about the origins of America's trails and the reasons some trails become roads and super highways.
Students use multiple modes of learning techniques including, logic, imagination, art, science, math, and corporative social skills to unravel the mysteries of ground transportation. Students learn that primary trails were not created by humans! Students unwrap the knowledge of how Native American history links to our transportation facilities today and into the future.
This learning program is the creation of Glenn Ballantyne and David Miller. Glenn is an educator and writer and David is a professional highway engineer.
The feedback from these experiences was that students don't have a focused curriculum to learn about why, when, where and how roads come into existence. Because they have no knowledge about roads, they can't even imagine how roadways are technologically evolving, becoming increasingly expensive to build and to maintain. They have no idea who designs roads or where money comes from to support our roads and super highways. They have no idea that scientists, sociologists, planners, engineers, environmentalists, etc are needed to build and operate our ground transportation facilities. From this awareness of an educational shortcoming came the motivation to develop this colorful, inviting and unique learning experience.
Road trips were major adventures in the Miller and Ballantyne households when David and Glenn were children. During those early years, each family enjoyed seeing the passing landscapes, wildlife, cafés, motels, farms, forests and towns. Today, David Miller and Glenn Ballantyne continue to enjoy road trips with friends and family, but now with more awareness of the environment, safety, and the opportunities for future generations.
Everyone Loves A Road Trip is the doorway to the amazingly diverse, yet interconnected tapestry of life that ground transportation creates and sustains. Transportation facilities (including dirt roads to concrete super highways) are essential to the existence of neighborhoods, towns, cities and nations. The more we all know about roads, the smoother we will all travel down the highway of life together.