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DAY 5

Oh, the Places (We’ll) Go

Reinventing the Wheels

Ever thought about how kids will get to school a hundred years from now? What about how you’ll commute to work a mere, say, twenty years from now? Transportation is changing rapidly, and how we travel today is already vastly different than how our parents and grandparents traveled a generation ago. So what’s next? Spoiler alert: The future is faster, greener, and wilder than anything we can even imagine.

what you’ll need

Besides the device you're viewing this on, something to write with, and something to write on, you will need...

Nothing!

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          FOR PARENTS

          Ask About Today

          What mode of future transportation would you like to try?

          Skip the Ads

          Unfortunately, online videos often start with short advertisements. Remind your campers to click the "Skip" button as soon as they can to move ahead to the video.

          explore

          90 minutes

          01

          How We’ll Travel Tomorrow

          How will we travel ten years from now? Will trains fly? Will cars drive themselves? This National Geographic documentary explores the possibilities.

          WATCH

          Remember: Online videos often start with advertisements. (Annoying, we agree!) Click the "Skip" button as soon as you can to move ahead to the video.

          02

          It’s the Year 2050...

          What are you driving?

          03

          Off to the (Robot) Races

          Self-driving cars got a jumpstart when a bunch of engineers and “roboticists” got together for a very special kind of race.

          04

          Drones and Aerials and Air Taxis, Oh My!

          New modes of transportation won’t just change the way we move, they’ll also change the way our cities and towns are designed and function.

          05

          Going Supersonic

          “Supersonic” travel means moving faster than the speed of sound—so, pretty darn fast. But it’s not impossible: a fleet of supersonic flights known as the Concorde flew across the Atlantic in just three hours, but stopped in 2003 and haven’t returned. Could supersonic air travel be making a comeback?

          06

          Greener Travel

          Transportation poses one of the biggest challenges facing our planet. How can we get where we need to go without destroying the earth? Here are some interesting facts about sustainable transportation.

          For younger explorers

          Agent Plan-it

          Join Agent Plan-it for a lesson on designing a “smart city” of the future, complete with drones delivering our packages!

          create

          30-60 minutes

          01

          Future City

          Imagine what your hometown will look like 20 or 30—or 100—years from now. Draw a map of the town. Think about how people will get around your town: Do you have the same streets, bridges, and tunnels that you currently have? Or do you need something totally new? Parking spaces for personal airplanes? Charging stations for electric bicycles? The sky’s the limit.

          move

          15 minutes

          01

          Do the Robot

          Can you pop and lock? Learn the basics of “the robot” from this video for beginners.

          02

          Advanced Roboting

          For inspiration, check out this 12-year-old expert dancer’s moves.

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