Field Trips

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Field Trip Basics

Maximum Capacity

80

Adult-to-Child Ratios

Age 5-7 1:3

Age 8+ 1:5

Program Costs

$9 - $12

Adults are free. $300 minimum

Your Field Trip Timeline

Special Little Extras

(Adapted to grade-level skills)

Portrait Wall Pop Quiz

Our portrait wall is filled with 27 inventors, scientists, engineers, technologists, and mathematicians from across many decades.  Upon arrival, we will take 15 minutes to get acquainted with our fellow STEM pioneers (old and new) to discover a few surprising facts that you might not already know.  (Like Ben Franklin inventing swim fins at the age of 11!)

Silent Scavenger Hunt

Taking away audible communication forces us to be more resourceful in our communication methods, more observant of each other and our surroundings, and more thoughtful in our singular and collective actions.  At its core, this team-based activity holds exciting discoveries of unique and interesting things related to STEM that we may never have seen before.

Programs

We offer programs by grade level.  Content in each program is tailored to the age/grade as listed.  Programs are subject to change without notice.  Advanced reservations are required.

Kindergarten

  • Pushes and Pulls [NGSS: K-PS2-1, K-PS2-2]

    • Hands-on Activities: fuzzy ball race, water drop race, push the stone challenge, popsicle catapult

 

1st Grade

  • Light & Sound Waves [NGSS: 1-PS4-1, 1-PS4-2]

    • Hands-on Activities: Mirror reflections and water refractions, dancing rice, sound wave strings (paper cup telephones)

 

2nd Grade

  • Earth’s Systems - Plate Tectonics [NGSS: 2-ESS2-1]

    • Hands-on Activities: Earthquake challenge, Fold Mountains

 

K-2nd Grade

  • Data Collection & Probability [NGSS: K-PS2-2, 1-LS3-1, 2-PSI-4]

    • Hands-on Activities: Falling stars, Butter-side up bread drop

 

3rd Grade

  • Forces & Interactions – Inertia [NGSS: 4-PS2-1]

    • Hands-on Activity (Option A): Mass (blocks vs cups) VS Inertia, ice skater center of gravity

    • Hands-on Activity (Option B): Boom Trix Trampoline Physics

    • Hands-on Activity (Option C): Zipline carrier creation challenge

    • Hands-on Activity (Option D): Gravitrax marble run – simple gravity experience

 

4th Grade

  • Option A: Energy [NGSS: 4-PS3-1]

    • Hands-on Activity (Option A): Zipline carrier creation challenge with variable cargo adaptations

    • Hands-on Activity (Option B): Astronaut landing

    • Hands-on Activity (Option C): Gravitrax marble run – kinetic energy part 1

  • Data Collection & Analysis: Cybercrime detective challenge – finite ending results

 

5th Grade

  • Motion and Stability: Forces & Interactions [NGSS: 5-PS2-1]

    • Hands-on Activity (Option A): Zipline carrier creation challenge with cargo adaptations & variable gravity effects

    • Hands-on Activity (Option B): Astronaut landing with materials restrictions and cargo adaptations

    • Hands-on Activity (Option C): Gravitrax marble run – kinetic energy part 2

  • Data Collection & Analysis: Cybercrime detective challenge – open ended results

 

6th Grade

  • Engineering Design [NGSS: MS-EST1]

    • Hands-on Activity: Ikea furniture design challenge

  • Motion and Stability: Forces & Interactions [NGSS:  MS-PS2]

    • Hands-on Activity: Van de Graff experiments, sail cars with materials variable

 

Our “warm-up” activities, which usually precede the NGSS-focused programs listed above, include:

  • Famous inventor dinner party seating chart challenge

  • Scientific instrument scavenger hunt

  • Tenzi challenge: a fast-paced math game

  • Minute-to-Win-it team challenges (e.g. marshmallow inertia, pendulum bowling, cranium cookie tower)

 

Small group programs (10 to 20 kids per session) include:

  • Simulated frog dissection (ages 5 - 9)

  • Coding and robotics (ages 7 - 10)

  • Reverse engineering challenges (ages 8 - 12)

The Great STEMporium

18388 Coastal Highway #10

Lewes, DE 19958

(302) 313-5139

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