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In this podcast the Trekkers take you to Norfolk, Virginia, home of the world's largest naval station.  A naval station is a place where Navy ships can dock for service or repairs.  Explore a famous Navy battleship, the U.S.S. Wisconsin; learn more about the power of these ships and what life is like for the Navy sailors; visit the Nauticus Museum to see a replica of the U.S.S. Monitor and investigate a tidewater habitat.  Finally, watch the Trekkers interact with live sharks!   Come on, let's go trekkin'

When ships cross the Equator they have a special ceremony for the sailors who are crossing this imaginary line for the first time.  The USS Wisconsin had many of these celebrations because it crossed the Equator many times.  Learn more about it by clicking through the Flash activity below.

SOL Correlation:

3.8 a The student will investigate and understand basic patterns and cycles occurring in nature.  Key concepts include a) patterns of natural events (day and night, seasonal changes, phases of the moon, and tides);


2.5 a The student will develop map skills by a) locating the equator, the seven continents, and the four oceans on maps and globes;


3.5 b The student will develop map skills by b) using the equator and prime meridian to identify the four hemispheres;


VS.10 b The student will demonstrate knowledge of government, geography, and economics by b) describing the major products and industries of Virginia’s five geographic regions;

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