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Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips

Children’s Science Center field trips, animal encounters, and assemblies are now virtual! Contact fieldtrips@childsci.org to check availability.

Our 45-minute virtual programs this school year allow students to explore STEM concepts through interactive, fun, and engaging activities led by our STEM Educators. These virtual programs are designed for Pre-K to 6th grade students and are offered Monday through Friday. For information on availability and pricing, please email fieldtrips@childsci.org.

During the School Year

Air Effects

Grades:

K – 6th

Objectives:

We will explore aeronautics and the effects of air on objects through observation and experimentation.

SOLs:

K.1; 1.1; 2.1; 3.1; 4.1; 5.1; 6.1
(scientific and engineering practices)

1.2; 2.2; 3.2; 5.2, 5.3
(force, motion, energy)

Materials prior to field trip:

  • Paper (2-3 sheets)

  • Scissors

  • Tape

  • Straw if available (rolled paper also works)

  • Markers, pencils, crayons

Going to Space

Grades:

K – 6th

Objectives:

Through the engineering process, we will create a
new rocket design and test its functionality while
learning about the solar system, rocketry, and
aerodynamics.

SOLs:

K.1; 1.1; 2.1; 3.1; 4.1; 5.1; 6.1
(scientific and engineering practices)

K.2; 1.2; 2.2; 3.2; 5.2 (force, motion, energy)

4.5, 4.6 (earth-moon-sun motions)

6.2, 6.3 (gravity, orbits, sun-earth-moon relationship)

6.7 b (atmosphere's physical characteristics)

Materials prior to field trip:

  • Paper

  • Scissors

  • Rubber bands, paper clips, and tape

  • Straws (if available)

  • Markers, pencils, crayons

Animal Adaptations

Grades:

K – 6th

Objectives:

From venomous fish to color changing lizards,
animals of all sorts have unique ways of surviving!
We will explore creatures big and small, from the
way they hunt, to the way they hide!

SOLs:

K.6, K.7, K.10 (Living systems, life processes, change
over time)

3.1; 4.1; 5.1; 6.1 (scientific and engineering practices)

3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 4.3, 4.8 (aquatic ecosystems/soil for
nutrients and habitat, water cycle/sources, humans
influence ecosystems, interrelationships among
organisms)

6.6, 6.8 (Water has a role in the natural and human-made environment)

Materials prior to field trip:

  • Paper

  • Markers, pencil, crayons

  • Scissors

  • Jacket/Coat

  • Clay if available

All About Energy

Grades:

K – 6th

Objectives:

Let’s explore energy from renewable and alternative sources, energy transfer, use of simple machines, application of Newton’s third law of motion, efficiencies in design, and so much more!  Teachers preselect two activities from our Gear Table, Catching the Wind, Air Rockets, Chain Reaction Wall, and Power the City, and students are offered engineering design challenges throughout the 45 minute experience. No materials required for the All About Energy field trips

SOLs:

1.2, 2.2, 3.2, 5.3 (Force, Motion and Energy)
K.1; 1.1; 2.1; 3.1, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1 (Scientific and Engineering Practices)
3.8, 4.8, 5.9, 6.9 (Earth Resources)
5.2, 5.4, 6.4, 6.6 6.9 (Energy)

Book Virtual Field Trip

Upcoming Events

Saturday, February 27, 2021
Reptile Round Up
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Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Makerspace Wednesdays -Rollercoaster Design
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Monday, March 8, 2021
Monday Fun Day - Viruses and the Victory of Vaccines!
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Discovery Days brings STEM learning and fun to students from Title I elementary schools in Northern Virginia at no cost to the school. For inquiries and learn more information, please email us at fieldtrips@childsci.org.

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