Discovery Day Field Trips

 

Discovery Day

Field Trip Option #1 The Discovery Day is our simplest field trip and appropriate for all age groups. It includes regular exploration of the three museum levels, 200+ interactive exhibits, complimentary use of the lunchroom and our Outdoor Science Park (summer only).

Please allow for 2 – 2.5 hours.

Groups over 20 guests must fill out a registration form. Invoicing takes 1-2 weeks to process. All field trips must book 2-3 months in advance. Pricing is as follows: $7 per student (School Year Rate) $8 per student (Summer Rate) Adults, teachers and chaperones must fulfill the Chaperone Requirement in order to be free of charge. The Chaperone Requirement is 1 chaperone to every 6 students (please round up).

Groups under 20 guests please call in advance to be placed on the museum calendar, 630.859.3434 X 210. Pricing is as follows: $8 per student (School Year Rate) $9 per student (Summer Rate) Adults, teachers and chaperones must fulfill the Chaperone Requirement in order to be free of charge. The Chaperone Requirement is 1 chaperone to every 6 students (please round up).

Discovery Day + Demo

Field Trip Option #2 The Discovery Day + Demo option combines the interactive science of the museum and knowledge of our scientists with a demonstration of your choice. Demos are appropriate for grade levels 3 -12. Themes are listed in the chart below. It includes regular exploration of the three museum levels, 200+ interactive exhibits, complimentary use of the lunchroom, our Outdoor Science Park (summer only) AND a 30 minute demonstration with our scientist.

Please allow for 2.5 – 3 hours.

Groups over 20 guests must fill out a registration form. Invoicing takes 1-2 weeks to process. All field trips must book 2-3 months in advance. Pricing is as follows: $50 per Demo (Each demo holds 30 students, additional demos are $40 each) $7 per student (School Year Rate) $8 per student (Summer Rate) Adults, teachers and chaperones must fulfill the Chaperone Requirement in order to be free of charge. The Chaperone Requirement is 1 chaperone to every 6 students (please round up).

Groups under 20 guests must fill out a registration form. Invoicing takes 1-2 weeks to process. All field trips must book 2-3 months in advance. Pricing is as follows: Pricing is as follows: $50 per Demo (Each demo holds 30 students, additional demos are $40 each) $8 per student (School Year Rate) $9 per student (Summer Rate) Adults, teachers and chaperones must fulfill the Chaperone Requirement in order to be free of charge. The Chaperone Requirement is 1 chaperone to every 6 students (please round up).

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

Field Trip Option #3 The Discovery Day + Lab option combines the interactive science of the museum and knowledge of our scientists with an hour long lab of your choice. Labs are appropriate for grade levels 3-12. Themes are listed in the chart below. It includes regular exploration of the three museum levels, 200+ interactive exhibits, complimentary use of the lunchroom, our Outdoor Science Park (summer only) AND a 45-60 minute interactive lab with our scientist. Please allow for 3 – 3.5 hours.

Groups over 20 guests must fill out a registration form. Invoicing takes 1-2 weeks to process. All field trips must book 2-3 months in advance. Pricing is as follows: $12 per student (School Year Rate) $13 per student (Summer Rate) Adults, teachers and chaperones must fulfill the Chaperone Requirement in order to be free of charge. The Chaperone Requirement is 1 chaperone to every 6 students (please round up).

Groups under 20 guests must fill out a registration form. Invoicing takes 1-2 weeks to process. All field trips must book 2-3 months in advance. Pricing is as follows: Pricing is as follows: $225 flat fee with 2 free adults (School Year Rate) $260 flat fee with 2 free adults (Summer Rate) Adults, teachers and chaperones must fulfill the Chaperone Requirement in order to be free of charge. The Chaperone Requirement is 1 chaperone to every 6 students (please round up).

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

Field Trip Option #4 The Discovery Day + Specialty Lab option combines the interactive science of the museum and knowledge of our scientists with a 2 hour long lab of your choice. Specialty Labs are appropriate for grade levels 4-8. Themes are listed in the chart below. It includes regular exploration of the three museum levels, 200+ interactive exhibits, complimentary use of the lunchroom, our Outdoor Science Park (summer only) AND a 45-60 minute interactive lab with our scientist. Please allow for 3.5 – 4 hours.

Groups over 20 guests must fill out a registration form. Invoicing takes 1-2 weeks to process. All field trips must book 2-3 months in advance. Pricing is as follows: $15 per student (School Year Rate) $16 per student (Summer Rate) Adults, teachers and chaperones must fulfill the Chaperone Requirement in order to be free of charge. The Chaperone Requirement is 1 chaperone to every 6 students (please round up).

Groups under 20 guests must fill out a registration form. Invoicing takes 1-2 weeks to process. All field trips must book 2-3 months in advance. Pricing is as follows: Pricing is as follows: $260 flat fee with 2 free adults (School Year Rate) $320 flat fee with 2 free adults (Summer Rate) Adults, teachers and chaperones must fulfill the Chaperone Requirement in order to be free of charge. The Chaperone Requirement is 1 chaperone to every 6 students (please round up).

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

Additional Field Trip Information

  • Mandatory ratio of 1 free 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.
  • Chaperone Fee of $25 (under 20 guests) or $50 (over 20 guests) will be added if the Chaperone Requirement is not met. Additional chaperones will be charged according the pricing structure of the field trip selected.
  • Deposits are due 21 days prior to the field trip date. They can be done by check through the mail OR by credit card over the phone (630.859.3434×210). Deposits are non-refundable. Once your deposit is paid, your field trip numbers are locked and cannot be lowered. If you wish to add more guests, additional charges can be taken care of on the field trip date. Please notify the Guests Services Department if additional guests need to be added to the invoice (630.859.3434×216).
  • Cancellation fee of $50 will be charged to the school or organization if the deposit is not paid or the field trip does not show up (no-show).
  • Subway Box Lunches are available for an additional $5/guest. Please indicate your interest on the registration form. The lunch box orders cannot be done less than 2 weeks prior to the field trip.
  • Groups over a 100 students may request a field trip on a Monday (closed to General Public). A Registration form must be filled out 2-3 months in advance and a phone call must be made to the Guest Services Team (630.859.3434×216) for availability confirmation.

Please note, the online reservations do not guarantee the requested date or program. Confirmation is sent via email to the lead listed on the registration form and phone call from the Guest Services Team.

Buses

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.

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