Discovery Day Field Trips

 

Discovery Day

(Please allow 2.0 to 2.5 hours)

A Chaperone-guided field trip with a hands-on twist. A field trip to SciTech is appropriate for any age group (groups under the age of 5 please call ahead to arrange programming and scheduling).

Come explore our 150+ interactive science exhibits and learn about science!

 

When you choose the Discovery Day Field Trip, your group will enjoy:

  • Over 150 interactive exhibits
  • Discovery Stop Gift Shop: One of a kind STEM gifts for your budding scientist! Please request time in our shop on your registration form.
  • Trained museum staff to help you get the most from your visit.
  • Complimentary use of lunchroom (please request when booking your trip).
  • For Summer Field Trips: $8 per student for groups under 20, $7 per student for groups over 20.

Discovery Day Lab and Demo Topics

Discovery Day Demos

(Please allow 2.5 – 3 hours)

Add a 30- minute interactive demonstration to your Discovery Day!

FEE: $50 per Demo.  Demos are limited to a maximum of 30 students.

Discover how air, water, Earth, and Sun interact to produce our weather and climate.

Concepts discussed include, but are not limited to: density, mass, temperature, water cycle, electricity and conduction, 4 states of matter, Bernoulli’s Principle.

Designed for grade levels 3-12

Discover why bees are classified as insects, explore bee ecology, and find out what you can do to help them with the problems that they are facing. Includes a genuine, safe observation bee hive to see all of the structures, bees wax comb, pollen, frame of honey. (Live bees are available for programs booked from April 15 through October 15 only depending on the weather.)

Concepts discussed include, but are not limited to: ecology, insects, environmental science, effects of pollution on ecosystems.

Designed for grade levels  K-12

Students learn about what a dinosaur is and how to classify them – from the mighty meat eaters to the humble herbivores. Students will learn what Paleontologists do and discover how fossils are formed.

Concepts discussed include, but are not limited to: zoology, ecology, paleontology, fossil formation, excavation and gridding.

Designed for grade levels K-8

Students will explore the interconnected relationship between electricity and magnets. Create lightning with a Tesla Coil, learn about Lenz’s Law, and induce electrical currents and magnetic fields through conductors and insulators.

Concepts discussed include, but are not limited to: electricity, magnetism, induction, circuits, conductors and insulators, plasma phase of matter, static electricity.

Designed for grade levels K-8

This is an explosive and chemically reactive experience where students will learn about the different types of chemical and physical reactions, states of matter, and how the pH scale is used in their daily lives. One lucky student will get to take home the polymer muffin!

Concepts discussed include, but are not limited to: physical and chemical reactions, endothermic and exothermic reactions, combustion, states of matter, polymer science, pH.

Designed for grade levels 3-12

Discovery Day Labs

  • Complete your Discovery Day with a lab experience!
  • Includes Exhibit Exploration on our museum floor, lunchroom time, and lab session
  • 25 students per session, 60-minute sessions
  • $12 per student (groups over 20 students)
  • $225 for groups 20 and under (includes 2 free adults)
  • (Please allow 3.0 – 3.5 hours, depending on the length of the lab)
  • This includes our Discovery Demo followed by a 30-minute hands-on laboratory session, and time to explore our 150+ interactive science exhibits.
  • *Please note that the classroom can accommodate 25 students per session. Larger groups will require more than one session.

Discover how air, water, Earth, and Sun interact to produce our weather and climate.

Concepts discussed include, but are not limited to: density, mass, temperature, water cycle, electricity and conduction, 4 states of matter, Bernoulli’s Principle.

Designed for grade levels 3-12

Discover why bees are classified as insects, explore bee ecology, and find out what you can do to help them with the problems that they are facing. Includes a genuine, safe observation bee hive to see all of the structures, bees wax comb, pollen, frame of honey. (Live bees are available for programs booked from April 15 through October 15 only depending on the weather.)

Concepts discussed include, but are not limited to: ecology, insects, environmental science, effects of pollution on ecosystems.

Designed for grade levels K-12

Based on lessons from NASA and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, this class introduces students to the science of flight and principles of engineering. Explore the mass of air and design your own flying contraption for testing in our vertical wind tunnel. Students will be able to keep their designs to improve them back at school or at home.

Concepts discussed include, but are not limited to: mass, force, gravity, weight, aerodynamics, Bernoulli’s Principle, air resistance, Engineering Design Process, mechanical engineering.

Designed for grade levels 3-8

Students learn about what a dinosaur is and how to classify them – from the mighty meat eaters to the humble herbivores. Students will learn what Paleontologists do and discover how fossils are formed.

Concepts discussed include, but are not limited to: zoology, ecology, paleontology, fossil formation, excavation and gridding.

Designed for grade levels K-12

Students will explore the interconnected relationship between electricity and magnets. Create lightning with a Tesla Coil, learn about Lenz’s Law, and induce electrical currents and magnetic fields through conductors and insulators.

Concepts discussed include, but are not limited to: electricity, magnetism, induction, circuits, conductors and insulators, plasma phase of matter, static electricity, electromagnets, permanent and temporary magnets.

Designed for grade levels 2-8

What is a bug? Students will discuss the differences between insects and arachnids, create a model of an insect’s life cycle, and explore body structures such as the compound eye. A brief introduction of how scientists communicate through scientific nomenclature also will be discussed.

Concepts discussed include, but are not limited to: comparative anatomy, ecology, scientific nomenclature.

Designed for grade levels K-5

Investigate how scientific principles like pitch, amplitude, and frequency affect sound. Students will explore structures in the human ear and discover why sound travels differently in a solid, liquid, or gas.

Concepts discussed include, but are not limited to: physics of sound, waves, frequency, amplitude, audiology, phases of matter.

Designed for grade levels 3-12

This is an explosive and chemically reactive experience where students will learn about the different types of chemical and physical reactions, states of matter, and how the pH scale is used in their daily lives. One lucky student will get to take home the polymer muffin!

Concepts discussed include, but are not limited to: physical and chemical reactions, endothermic and exothermic reactions, combustion, polymer science, pH, buffer solutions, chemical engineering, materials science.

Designed for grade levels 3-12

Discovery Day: Specialty Labs

  • $15 per student (groups over 20 students)
  • $260 for groups 20 and under (includes 2 free adults)
  • 20 students per session, extended sessions (1.5-2 hours depending on age range)
  • requires advanced notice to order lab supplies

Straight from NASA to your students! Learn the how and why of flight science and technology. Engineer flying contraptions and test out flight designs in our vertical wind tunnel. Students will be able to keep their designs to improve them back at school or at home.

Concepts discussed include, but are not limited to: mass, force, gravity, weight, Bernoulli’s Principle, aerodynamics, air resistance, mechanical engineering.

Designed for grade levels 4-10

Students will compare and contrast class insect and arachnids, learn about scientific naming and classification, and dissect preserved grasshoppers in small groups.

Concepts discussed include, but are not limited to: comparative anatomy, ecology, scientific nomenclature.

Designed for grade levels 4-12

Booking Guidelines

  • Mandatory Ratio of one free adult for every 6 students. Teachers are included in this ratio of free adults. In the event your group cannot bring the required number of chaperones, you will be charged a $25 Chaperone Fee for groups Under 50 students or a $50 Chaperone Fee for groups Over 50 students.
  • We recommend a 1 to 1 ratio for 3 years old and younger. We also recommend a 1 to 4 ratio for 4 years old to 6 years old.
  • Additional adults are welcome at the group rate price.
  • Boxed lunches now available! Make it easy and fun for all. Subway boxed lunches include a 6″ sub with chips, a cookie and bottled water for only $5.00 
  • Outdoor Science Park will be open for Summer Field Trips June 1st through September 1st!  Weather Permitting ( The park is closed during storms for safety.)
  • A non-refundable payment of 50% is due at least 3 weeks prior to secure your field trip. The remaining balance may be paid prior to or on the day of the field trip.
  • If the field trip is cancelled or we do not receive the deposit 3 weeks before the field trip date, the organizastion will be charged a $50 cancellation fee.
  • Field trips are available Tuesday through Friday between 9:30 am and 3 pm.   The museum will open on Monday for groups over 100 in some circumstances – call ahead to verify. Reservations are requested at least 2 weeks in advance. 
  • Additional students and/or chaperones are welcome and will be charged admission at the time of arrival.
  • To best serve you, please have an accurate count of the attendees on the day of the trip.

Buses

Please pick up and drop off on the south side in front of the museum at the east doors. For more information on stacking and bus parking, please call (630) 859-3434 ext. 210 or 216.

Note: Online reservations do not guarantee the requested date or program. Confirmation is sent via email to the email contact provided.