ScienceWorks offers a field trip experience for school groups like no other in southern Oregon. The Field Trip Program is designed to spark student interest in science, support instruction of content and process standards, and provide a fun, multi-sensory environment that encourages discussion and collaborative learning.
ScienceWorks staff members and trained volunteers guide students through a program that includes labs, demonstrations and team investigations. We hope to see your class here soon!
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2015-2016 Field Trips are offered Tuesday through Friday, from 9:30am to noon, starting Sept 28. Beginning March 28, afternoon sessions will also be available from 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm, as well as Mondays, both morning and afternoon.
Each session can accommodate two classes of up to 35 students (70 total). Please note that large groups of up to 120 students can be accommodated with an altered schedule.
The cost is $5 per student, with a flat rate of $100 for classes under 20 students.
A typical session will include the following components:
Teachers! If you haven't been to ScienceWorks for a while, come preview the museum for free before your field trip. Just show your teacher ID and receive free admission to the entire museum any day we're open to the public. Thanks for being an educator and prepared field trip leader!
- Orientation - A brief meeting is held to go over schedules, procedures and expectations.
- Exhibit Explorations - Small groups of students explore specific exhibits where they conduct investigations, make observations, and test their questions and ideas. Teachers may choose a format that requires a written student response or a format that requires students to discuss their explorations as a group. These choices will be made on the registration form. Click here for examples of each option.
- Discovery Lab - Students get a chance to develop their inquiry skills through laboratory investigations. Typically, half the group is in the Discovery Lab while the other half is conducting the Team Investigations to ensure no more than 35 students in the lab. Not available for groups over 70.
- ScienceLive! - ScienceWorks staff present a highly educational and entertaining demonstration in our theater.
The sign up procedure is a two-step process: finding an open slot on the calendar AND filling out a registration form. Until you receive a confirmation, you are not guaranteed a registration date.
Review the Discovery Lab and ScienceLive Show descriptions below to determine the programs that work best for your students. You will make your selection on the registration form.
**Important information about Field Trips, grouping worksheets to help organize your class before you visit, and a museum map can be found at the bottom of this page.**
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Discovery Lab Descriptions (2015-16 Field Trips)
Click here for lab standards and key concepts
||Students meet ScienceWorks’ favorite pollinators in this one of a kind lab. Check out the demonstration hive, use hand lenses to see bees up close, and see if your colony has what it takes to survive with our “Life of a Bee” game. TBA
||K - 2
||Feel the pull of an invisible force in this hands-on exploration all about magnets. Students work in teams to discover what magnets can do, test for magnetism, and design a solution to a real world problem.
|Ready, Set, Roll!
||K - 8
||In this wild ride, students will be challenged to apply concepts of energy, force, and motion to design a unique roller coaster. Working in teams, students will follow the engineering design cycle of brainstorming, planning, building, testing, and evaluating their solutions.
|Work It With Circuits
||2 - 5
||Let the electrons flow in this hands-on lab all about circuits. Students work in groups to get light to shine, a buzzer to sound, a motor to turn and more! Through inquiry students create series and parallel circuits and explore materials that are conductive and insulating. It will take some creativity and teamwork to get these circuits to work!
||3 - 6
||Balance is the name of the game in this hands-on lab all about levers. Students work in groups to take on a series of challenges as they learn about fulcrums, balance and force. We end this lab with a human lever challenge…can you put your people where your math is?
|It's In the Bag
||5 - 8
||Grab your goggles for this chemistry based exploratrion. Students create a chemical reaction and then complete experiments in groups to figure out which mystery ingredients created which outcomes. It's a chemical game of clue, and if you can figure it out you'll have this case in the bag!
||6 - 8
||What does a light wave do when it runs into matter? Find out in this unique engineering challenge in which students explore reflection, refraction, and absorption as they transmit a wave of light from one place to another. It will take teamwork and creativity to reach your target!
ScienceLive Show Descriptions (2015-16 Field Trips)
What do we use everyday but never see? It's all around us and in us...it's air! Explore the parts, powers, and possibilities of air in this dynamic demonstration-filled show. See flames ignite and extinguish, help a penguin fly, harness the power of pressure and much more. It's AirMazing!
|4 - 8
You'll see sparks fly, hair raise, and light sabers swish as we explore the properties of electricity in this demonstration-filled show. Get to know your volts, amps, and ohms (properties of electricity) as we rock down to Electric Avenue!
Museum Visit (Exhibits Only)
Bring your class to ScienceWorks for a self guided exploration of the museum. With over 100 interactive exhibits to experience, your students will get a hands-on day of learning, inspiration, and fun! Discover and learn at your own pace or focus your exploration with our Team Investigation Challenge, a museum-wide scavenger hunt for small, chaperon-led groups.
Age Groups: Grades K-12
Program Length: It’s up to you!
Teachers are free with their school ID; 1 chaperone per 5 students admitted free, $4/additional chaperone or siblings.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Click on the questions below to see the answer. If you have any additional questions that were not addressed here, please feel free to contact us at 541-482-6767 x226.
Important documents for your Field Trip:
Exhibit Exploration - Student Response example