Weather Watchers:  This trip is a partnership with WHSV TV-3 and includes instructional time with a meteorologist.  Students will learn about instruments used to collect weather data while conducting experiments and exploring various weather conditions (clouds, fronts, storms). SOLs: Science 4.6

It’s Electric!: How does electricity work?  This offering provides hands-on experiences in making circuits (open/closed, parallel/series) and other elements of electricity. SOLs: Science 4.3

NEW! MAker City Field Trips

Students will invent, construct, problem solve and collaborate while mastering important skills. Each field trip will offer instructional time in our fully-equipped maker space where participants will experiment with a wide variety of tools and materials. Groups will spend additional time exploring Museum exhibits.


MAKER: FOCUSED ($8.00 per child) 50 student max. $80 minimum

  • Kinetics & Cars: How do you make a balloon powered car move, and on which surface will it go fastest?  Students will build cars, learn about potential and kinetic energy, and explore friction through experiments using their vehicles. This trip also includes a physics demonstration using fun hands-on physics equipment including a bicycle wheel gyroscope and other cool gadgets. SOLs: Science 4.1, 4.2

  • Explore Circuitry: Students will bring paper to life as they light up their own original drawings with simple circuits. Students will gain a better understanding of circuitry as they use their creativity and investigative skills. SOL Science 4.3; Art 4.1, 4.3

  • Kaleidoscopes: Everything we see is dependent on light and we can manipulate what we see by manipulating that light! Students will explore how light moves, bends, bounces, and breaks by designing and building a kaleidoscope. SOL Science 5.3; Art 5.2 

MAKER: BASIC ($7.00 per child) 30 student max. $70 minimum

Spend half of your time exploring in the Museum and half in Maker City creating, problem-solving, investigating and more. Open Make format. We have the equipment and supplies, and students furnish the creativity. $70 minimum.