Discovery Day Field Trips

School year – 2.5 hours   Summer – 3 hours

Includes: Access to all 3 floors of over 200 Interactive exhibits and use of the lunchroom

Pricing:

Groups over 20 guests

  • $7 per student (School Year Rate) – $8 per student (Summer Rate)
  • 1 FREE chaperone to every 6 students for groups over 20.

Groups under 20 guests 

  • $8 per student (School Year Rate) $9 per student (Summer Rate)
  • Chaperones pay seasonal rate of admission.

Customize Your Day

Add A Demo

School year – 3 hours   Summer – 3.5 hours

Add a 30-minute demonstration to your field trip. Demos are appropriate for grade levels 3 -12. Choose from the themes listed in the chart below.

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

 

Citizens of Earth! Reduce, reuse, and recycle waste to help save the planet! Explore processes used to recycle everyday items and imagine new and innovative ways we can use renewable materials.  Concepts discussed include reduction, reuse, and recycling, processes used at recycling facilities, recycling guidelines, failures in recycling, and innovations in waste disposal. You are the future!

 

 

Designed for grades K-8

The traveling adventures of light. Explore the amazing science that explains how we can see and use light to achieve incredible feats!  Discover the mysterious nature of light, and learn how essential it is to our survival.  Imagine new and exciting ways that people use light to solve problems every day!  Concepts discussed include the nature of light, anatomy and function of the human eye, color perception, Snell’s Law, and more.

Designed for Grades 1-8

Add A Lab

School year – 3.5 hours   Summer – 4 hours

Add a Lab to your Discovery Day. Includes a 30 minute demonstration and a 30 minute “Hands on Lab Activity”. Appropriate for grade levels 3-12. Choose from the themes listed in the chart below.

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

Citizens of Earth! Reduce, reuse, and recycle waste to help save the planet! Explore processes used to recycle everyday items and imagine new and innovative ways we can use renewable materials.  Concepts discussed include reduction, reuse, and recycling, processes used at recycling facilities, recycling guidelines, failures in recycling, & innovations in waste disposal. You are the future!

 

Designed for grades K-8

Colonel Mustard, in the conservatory, with the candlestick! Explore the scientific world of Crime Scene Investigation.  Discover the methods used to solve crimes and catch criminals.  Imagine how crime scene investigators use the tiniest details to unravel complex mysteries.  Concepts discussed include fingerprinting, code-breaking, microscope use, and forensic observation. Science will prove the facts!

 

Designed for Grades 1-8

Wedge it, twist it, pulley it! Discover how simple machines can help us solve complex problems!  You’ll explore how simple tools like wedges, levers, and pulleys are still used today.  You’ll imagine incredible new ways to employ technology that people having been using for centuries.  Concepts discussed include the fundamental physics of simple machines, mechanics, and innovation using simple machines. It’s not common sense, it’s science and technology!

 

Designed for Grades K-8

The traveling adventures of light. Explore the amazing science that explains how we can see and use light to achieve incredible feats!  Discover the mysterious nature of light, and learn how essential it is to our survival.  Imagine new and exciting ways that people use light to solve problems every day!  Concepts discussed include the nature of light, anatomy and function of the human eye, color perception, Snell’s Law, and more.

 

Designed for Grades 1-8

Add A Specialty Lab

School year – 4 hours   Summer – 4.5 hours

Add a Specialty Lab to your Discovery Day. Includes a 45 minute demonstration and a 45 minute “Hands on Lab Activity”. Appropriate for grade levels 3-12. Choose from the themes listed in the chart below.

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

Pricing

Groups over 20 guests

  • $7 per student (School Year Rate) – $8 per student (Summer Rate)
  • 1 FREE chaperone to every 6 students for groups over 20

Groups under 20 guests 

  • $8 per student (School Year Rate) $9 per student (Summer Rate)
  • Chaperones pay seasonal rate of admission
  • $50 for the first demonstration – up to 30 students
  • $40 for each additional demonstration
Groups over 20 guests

  • $5 Lab Fee per Attendee

Groups under 20 guests

  • $225 flat fee with 2 free adults (School Year Rate) $260 flat fee with 2 free adults (Summer Rate)
  • Discovery Day admission included
Groups over 20 guests

  • $8 Lab Fee per Attendee

Groups under 20 guests

  • $260 flat fee with 2 free adults (School Year Rate) $320 flat fee with 2 free adults (Summer Rate)
  • Discovery Day admission included

Policies

  • Field trips are available Tuesday through Friday between 9 am and 3 pm. The museum will open on Monday in some circumstances – call ahead to verify. Please fill out the registration form on our website and contact guestservices@scitechmuseum.org to inquire about availability. One-month advanced booking is recommended.
  • Subway box lunches are available for an additional $5/guest. Orders for boxed lunches must be done at least 2 weeks before your trip. Please indicate your interest on the registration form.
  • Invoicing may take up to 2 weeks to process. At least one-month advanced booking is recommended. A booking fee may apply for last minute reservations.
  • Online reservations do not guarantee the requested date or program.  If we can accommodate your reservation request, an invoice along with your Field Trip Information Packet will be sent to the email provided on the registration form. If we cannot accommodate your date request, we will contact you via phone and or email to select an alternative date.
  • Once you receive your invoice via email your reservation will be held for 30 days. Your reservation is not guaranteed until your deposit is paid.
  • Deposits are non-refundable and due 30 days after the receipt of invoice. Deposits may be paid by check through the mail OR by credit card over the phone (630.859.3434×210).
  • If you need to lower your attendance numbers this must be done at least 30 days in advance and only be reduced by 10% of your original reservation. After 30 days, you are responsible for the full balance of your invoice. If you need to change your date a rebooking fee may be applied.
  • After your deposit is paid you may add additional last-minute guests and pay for them upon arrival. Please note; if 10 or more additional students are coming, you must notify the Guests Services Department (630.859.3434×216) as your group’s itinerary may need to be changed to accommodate all your activities.
  • There Is a mandatory ratio of 1 adult for every six students. We recommend a 1:1 ratio for children under three years old and a 1:4 ratio for ages four to six.
  • If you don’t provide the required number of chaperones, a staffing fee will be applied to your invoice. (under 20 guests – $25)  (over 20 guests – $50) 
  • Additional chaperones will be charged according to the pricing structure of the field trip selected for groups over 20.
For Bus Drivers

Buses are to drop off and pick up at the Field Trip Entrance (east side doors). Parking is available one block down from the museum (headed towards South Broadway) in the public parking lot. Buses parked in front of the museum will be ticketed.

Need more information?

For more information please contact us at guestservices@scitechmuseum.org or call us at 630-859-3434 x216.

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View a Visit

From arrival to departure, SciTech staff will help you with all the details.

Arrival

It’s easy to get you and your class into SciTech! Our staff have developed an easy and organized system that will get your belongings stored and your group off to your first exhibit or workshop in a smooth and efficient manner.

When your bus arrives, it will pull directly in front of the Museum’s EAST door. A staff member will greet your bus and provide the Museum rules to the lead teacher. Your classes will then be led off the bus and organized into groups of ~30 students and each group will be given a colored wristband for your trip. SciTech will have coat bins and lunch carts associated with each color. Students will place their belongings in the bins for the duration of the field trip. Lunches go on the colored carts to be delivered to the lunch room.

STUDENTS SHOULD BRING 100% DISPOSABLE LUNCHES ONLY PLEASE.

Visiting the Museum

main_floorAfter a welcome and review of the museum rules, each color group will be lead to one of the three floors in the museum. Groups are welcome to explore that floor and all of the exhibits on the floor in a self-guided fashion. A SciTech staff member will meet your group at a designated time (typically after 30 minutes) to move your group to a new location.

If your group is scheduled for a demo or a lab, one of the group rotations will be to either the auditorium or Grainger Laboratory.

SciTech respectfully requests that groups adhere to the staff direction for moving through the museum. Color groups are carefully scheduled so that everyone will see all of the museum. Additionally, there are safety and fire code restrictions for the number of guests in each area. At peak field trip periods, it is vital to the safety of all of our guests that these restrictions are observed.

Lunch

Complimentary use of SciTech’s lunchroom is included in your field trip. Color groups will have lunch periods included in the museum rotation. Your lunch cart will be delivered to the lunchroom prior to the group’s arrival. SciTech does not have vending machines. While light snacks are available at the gift shop, please plan as though food cannot be purchased.

The lunchroom capacity is for two color groups; it is possible that you will share the space with another school group. SciTech asks that chaperones sit with their students during lunch. Groups are given 30 minutes for lunch.

The lunchroom has hand sanitizer, wet wipes, and brooms for group clean-up after eating. Please leave the lunchroom ready to be used by another group.

Bathrooms, Gift Shop, and Departure

Bathrooms are located on both the main floor and the lower level that are available as needed. SciTech typically schedules a closing 15 minutes at the end of the field trip to recap highlights of the museum and for bathroom visits before boarding the bus. Students will collect their belongings from the coat bin and leave through the EAST door, boarding their waiting bus.

SciTech does have a STEAMart gift shop. If students would like to visit the gift shop, we ask to know ahead of time so that time can be built into the field trip schedule. We expect all students to be escorted by a chaperone while in the gift shop.