Field Trips

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The Children’s Science Center Lab is even more fun with a scheduled field trip! Your students can explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts through fun, engaging hands-on exhibits and activities.

Field Trips are primarily designed for school classes, day schools, home school groups/organizations, after-school care, summer schools and other educational organizations/groups that want a structured itinerary.  Field trips are scheduled in two hour blocks with a half hour for check-in and check-out/departure time, and  1 ½ hours (90 minutes) of the field trip dedicated to staff supported hands-on learning activities. Field trip visits include the following:

  • One pre-selected experiment in the Experiment Bar
  • One pre-selected engineering design challenge in the Tinker Shop
  • Open exploration of interactive exhibits in the Inspiration Hub

 

Expert Facilitation by Experienced Educators

Our Lab Educators will facilitate hands-on activities with the assistance of your chaperones. Our team will also assist with check-in/out and rotating your group through the Experience Zones.

Field Trip Scheduling and Admission

Must be scheduled/booked in two hour blocks, a minimum of two (2) weeks prior to visit date.

  • Large classes may require multiple visits, consisting of a subgroup of students to accommodate the entire class.
  • Field trips are scheduled Monday–Thursday: 10:00am – 12:00pm; 12:30pm – 2:30 pm, 4:00pm-6:00pm.  (Other days and times considered upon special request.)
  • Admission is $10 per student with 20% deposit required on booking/scheduling the field trip and balance to be paid on or before arrival for the field trip. (Deposit is non-refundable)
  • Free admission is included for all teachers. All other adult chaperones must purchase admission at the group rate ($10.00/person) and will be included in the field trip total.

Chaperone Requirements for Field Trips:

Field Trips are required to provide chaperones (teachers/adults) on the day of visit.

The following chaperone ratios are required:

Pre-school: 1 chaperone per 4 students
Grades K – 2: 1 chaperone per 6 students
Grades 3 – 5: 1 chaperone per 7 students
Grades 6 – 8: 1 chaperone per 8 students

 

REMINDER.   Your reservation is not confirmed until a Children’s Science Center team member confirms your date and your deposit is received.  All major credit cards are accepted.

Questions? Email us or call (703) 648-3130. Title I Schools are encourage to learn about our Discovery Days at the Lab program that provides field trips at no cost to the school.