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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2016-2017 Field Trips are offered Tuesday through Friday, from 9:30am to noon, starting Sept 20. Beginning February 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.
Click here to register for a Field Trip.
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.**
Discovery Lab Descriptions
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 work with your colony to pollinate flowers in our “Life of a Bee” game.
|Light it Up
||K - 3
||Let’s shine some light on what happens when you shine light on different kinds of materials and use your knowledge to send a secret message to another group.
|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.
||1 - 3
||May the force be with you as you discover the push and pull of magnets and work with your team to design an experiment to test the magnetic force.
|Work It With Circuits
||3 - 8
||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 use their knowledge to engineer solutions to real electrical problems.
||4 - 8
||Grab your goggles for this chemistry based exploration. Students investigate states of matter,
physical and chemical change, and rates of reaction to solve a real-world problem using chemistry.
|Light and Matter
||4 - 8
||What does light do when it runs into matter? Find out in this unique engineering challenge in which students explore reflection, refraction, diffusion, transmission, and absorption as they move light from one place to another. Using their knowledge, the team will engineer a way to communicate with another group using light.
ScienceLive Show Descriptions
This is our coolest show ever! Explore the three states of matter by using liquid nitrogen to change "stuff" from gases to liquids and liquids to solids. Learn the basics of molecular energy and find out that science can be very cool!
|Use the Force(s)
Explore the hidden forces all around you that make everything work. Falling, flying, sliding and rebounding; we'll really get things moving in this dynamic, demonstration-filled ScienceLive show. Be one with the forces of the universe!
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.
Click here to register today!
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