About the Founder
Christian started The Field Trip Fund because he believes that every child should have the opportunity to cultivate their interests and learn, regardless of their economic status.
Educational field trips as a child helped cultivate his interests in science and robotics. After hearing his Aunt, who is a teacher, talk about lack of the educational experiences in Title I schools, and seeing kids left behind from participating field trips, he had the idea for The Field Trip Fund.
Christian Hughes is a former Rotary Youth Exchange Student and currently a junior in the IB program at Allen D. Nease High School. A third-place Florida State Science and Engineering Fair winner, he is passionate about robotics, physics, mathematics, and most of all, service above self.
How can we make a difference together?
As schools in the United States cut back on funding, field trips are becoming less common place. Some schools are having to cut back entirely, while others rely on parents to pay, resulting in some students missing out on the trips. This hits disadvantaged school districts the hardest, where kids from lower socioeconomic areas need to prioritize other necessities first. The Field Trip Fund recognizes that field trips are an integral part of learning, which is why we work together with schools, teachers, and volunteers to help bring as many students as possible on field trips.
How do school field trips help disadvantage students?
According to a recent report published by Education Next, “One consistent pattern in our results is that the benefits of a school tour are generally much larger for students from less-advantaged backgrounds. Students from rural areas and high-poverty schools, as well as minority students, typically show gains that are two to three times larger than those of the total sample. Disadvantaged students assigned by lottery to receive a school tour of an art museum make exceptionally large gains in critical thinking, historical empathy, tolerance, and becoming art consumers. It appears that the less prior exposure to culturally enriching experiences students have, the larger the benefit of receiving a school tour of a museum.”
Field Trip Fund News
Field trips are becoming a less and less common part of the school year in the United States. A study from the University of Arkansas documents the decline
The purpose of this paper is to examine the importance of science field trips as educational tools to connect students to classroom concepts. Experiential learning at formal and