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!
NEW! Educator Science Party - Sept 19, 6 - 7:30 pm
Preview new Field Trips, try new exhibit explorations, and enter to win a FREE FALL FIELD TRIP!. Food and fun on site!
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2014-2015 Field Trips are offered Tuesday through Friday, from 9:30am to noon, starting Sept 23. Beginning March 30, 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
Click here for lab standards and key concepts
||K - 2
||Travel into the past to meet your very own fossil friend. Students find their fossil in the climbing wall to explore the types of fossils animals leave behind, then put their fossils in chronological order.
|K - 2
||Students meet ScienceWorks' favorite pollinators in this hands on lab about honeybees. Students will use hand lenses to observe real honey bee bodies and perhaps see our demonstration hive in action. Students will become bees in our Happy Hive Game in order to learn how bees work together to survive, and then we'll say good bye with our own version of a honeybee waggle dance.
|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 process of brainstorming, planning, building, testing, and evaluating their solutions.
|3 - 8
||Students explore the visible force of magnetism in this engineering inspired challenge. Each small group will use a set of strong magnets to make a magnetic ball travel a path without touching the ball. Students will learn to measure the strength of a magnet and work together to accomplish the goals they set for themselves. Older students may explore the concept of centripetal force along with magnetism. Help your students unleash their inner problem solvers and engineers with this inventive lab!
|Switch It Up
3 - 8
|Be curious and creative in this inquiry based engineering lab. Explore the workings of basic circuits and then let your inner inventor loose as you design and build your own weird and wonderful switch that brings your circuit to life!
|5 - 8
||Safely harness the power of a 532nm laser to explore the ways in which light interacts with matter. Students combine their new knowledge of light wave behavior with the skills of an engineer to use reflection, refraction, transmission and absorption to get their laser's light to hit a target. Creativity and innovation are encouraged in this hands-on engineering challenge.
ScienceLive Show Descriptions
||Tune your ears with this show all about good vibrations. ScienceWorks scientists will help your students see and feel sound as they explore what causes those ear tickling noises and how sound travels. You'll hear the sounds of everyday life differently after this show!
|What's the Matter With Change?
|| Explore the three states of matter all around us and see some of their amazing properties. But matter doesn't just sit there, it moves and changes and students will experience some surprising physical and chemical changes. See the world around you in a whole new way with this brand new show!
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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