During Rail Safety Week, look at the serious issues there have been involving trains in New Zealand and find out why rail safety should concern you. On this trip, meet people who are most involved with rail on a day-to-day basis and share your thoughts with them.
The more people who take trains the safer and less congested our roads will be. Plus, it's better for our health to get out and about and more sustainable for the planet to stop using cars quite so often.
To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:
Rail as a means of transport
New Zealand's rail system
Modern rail and the future
Rail Safety Week
Attitudes to rail and rail safety
The effects of new technology
New careers in and around rail.
If your school is located near the rail corridor explore citizenship as personal responsibility or help solve rail safety issues by creating and using your own 'wicked problem' map.
During this field trip you will:
Follow Shelley's tweets on twitter
Ride a commuter train
Ride a freight train
Ride a tourist train
Interview a train driver
Interview a transport engineer and a transport planner
Go on a car journey that involves making decisions about crossing a railway line
Go on a walk with students that involves making decisions about crossing a railway line
Talk with students about their attitudes to rail safety and what they have learned in Rail Safety Week.
After the field trip, challenge yourself to:
Take a train ride for pleasure
Plan for and make safe decisions at rail crossings
Investigate study options and careers in the rail industry
Design a rail safety initiative for your school using design thinking