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Virtual Field Trips

Live PacSci Virtual Field Trips

​Pacific Science Center field trips have gone virtual! Bring the fun and excitement of a PacSci field trip to your students while engaging them with enriching content designed to enhance your curriculum and ignite their curiosity.

PacSci’s educators come to your classroom live from our Curiosity Studio, and lead students through workshops, activities, and demonstrations that feature some of your favorite STEM activities. Virtual Field Trips are for learners in grades Pre K–12, and support NGSS learning standards.

Virtual Field Trips are designed for small groups of students, including school groups, homeschool students, micro-schools, and afterschool settings. These programs are also a great fit for birthday celebrations, scout groups and other community groups!

Virtual Platform

We can join your secure virtual platform, set up a private Zoom, or an unlisted YouTube channel that only your group will have access to.

Program Logistics

Each private program is 40 minutes long, and prices start at $200 for up to 50 participants. Financial aid may be available to groups serving Title I audiences. For the best interactive experience, most programs should not exceed 50 students. Radical Reactions, Virtual Planetarium: Night Sky Tonight, and Virtual Planetarium: Planetary Geology can be done for larger audiences. Programs are booked as individual experiences; please note in the inquiry form if you are interested in multiple programs to run as a series. Check out our Program Requirements and Pre-Program Checklist for more details on program logistics.

 

 

Preview Video

Remote learning and virtual programming can be tricky to plan for. If you’re curious about what a PacSci Virtual Field Trip might look like from your students’ point of view check out this programming sample video.

 
 

Available Virtual Field Trips

All Ages & Large Groups

Virtual Field Trip program options that can be adjusted for all ages and/or group sizes over 50 participants.

Global Soundscapes - NEW

Cost: Varies by group size. 

1-99 participants: $200 

100-199 participants: $300 

200-299 participants: $400 

300 + participants: $500 

Maximum Number of Participants: Unlimited 

Best for Grades: K-8 

Description: Embark on an ear­-opening journey into the science of sound and the exciting new field of soundscape ecology. Hear sounds from across the globe as we investigate the properties of sound and learn about the tools that scientists use to record and analyze complex soundscapes. Discover what soundscapes can tell us about the changing health of our planet. 

*Booking for program dates 10/1/2021 or later 

Radical Reactions

Cost: Varies by group size.

1–​99 participants: $200

100–199 participants: $300

200–299 participants: $400

300 + participants: $500

Maximum Number of Participants: Unlimited

Best for Grades: Pre K–12

Description: Observe the explosive ways chemicals unite and react in this high energy show! Discover the signs of chemical reactions through experimentation and learn how this creates the world around us. 

Due to less interactivity in this program, this is suitable for large audiences.

Virtual Planetarium: Night Sky Tonight

Cost: Varies by group size.

1–99 participants: $200

100–199 participants: $300

200–299 participants: $400

300 + participants: $500

Maximum Number of Participants: Unlimited

Best for Grades: Pre K–12

Description: Become a true backyard astronomer. Learn how living on a giant spinning ball changes what can be seen each night, discover how to find constellations, and even how the sky can be used to find directions!

Virtual Planetarium: Planetary Geology

Cost: Varies by group size.

1–99 participants: $200

100–199 participants: $300

200–299 participants: $400

300+ participants: $500

Maximum Number of Participants: Unlimited

Best for Grades: Pre K–12

Description: Take a wild virtual ride to explore the planets and moons that make up Earth’s neighborhood, the solar system. Explore these unique landscapes, and see deep craters, magma filled volcanoes, giant seas of methane, and icy oceans.

Pre K–2nd Grades

Animal Adventure

Cost: $200

Maximum Number of Participants: 50

Best for Grades: Pre K–2

Description: Why do some creatures have fangs, fur, or scales? Go on an animal adventure to compare different species, and learn how animal adaptations help them survive! Geared towards your youngest learners, this Virtual Field Trip features a storybook as the basis of the adventure. 

Radical Reactions

Cost: Varies by group size.

1–99 participants: $200

100–199 participants: $300

200–299 participants: $400

300 + participants: $500

Maximum Number of Participants: Unlimited

Best for Grades: Pre K–12

Description: Observe the explosive ways chemicals unite and react in this high energy show! Discover the signs of chemical reactions through experimentation and learn how this creates the world around us. 

Due to less interactivity in this program, this is suitable for large audiences.

Virtual Planetarium: Night Sky Tonight

Cost: Varies by group size.

1–99 participants: $200

100–199 participants: $300

200–299 participants: $400

300 + participants: $500

Maximum Number of Participants: Unlimited

Best for Grades: Pre K–12

Description: Become a true backyard astronomer. Learn how living on a giant spinning ball changes what can be seen each night, discover how to find constellations, and even how the sky can be used to find directions!

Virtual Planetarium: Planetary Geology

Cost: Varies by group size.

1–99 participants: $200

100–199 participants: $300

200–299 participants: $400

300 + participants: $500

Maximum Number of Participants: Unlimited

Best for Grades: Pre K–12

Description: Take a wild virtual ride to explore the planets and moons that make up Earth’s neighborhood, the solar system. Explore these unique landscapes, and see deep craters, magma filled volcanoes, giant seas of methane, and icy oceans.

Wetland Wonderers

Cost: $200

Maximum Number of Participants: 50

Best for Grades: K–2

Description: Join us on a virtual hike to learn how a wetland habitat provides food, water and shelter to the animals that call it home. Practice your nature observation skills by exploring live aquatic organisms from a wetland pond and discover how these animals survive in their watery environment.

3rd–5th Grades

Ecosystem Investigators

Cost: $200

Maximum Number of Participants: 50

Best for Grades: 3–8

Description: Work together to create a virtual ecosystem model revealing how living and non-living parts connect and interact in an aquatic environment. Using your new knowledge about ecosystem interactions, become a wetland scientist and explore the relationship between organisms in a real pond sample. Can you help us determine if the wetland ecosystem is in balance?

Featured Creatures

Cost: $200

Maximum Number of Participants: 50

Best for Grades: 3–6

Description: Animals are adapted to the places they call home. Their shape, size, skin, and skeleton all work together to help animals survive and thrive. Take a deeper look at real animal skin, skulls, and skeletons, and learn how different animals move and live! 

Global Soundscapes - NEW

Cost: Varies by group size. 

1-99 participants: $200 

100-199 participants: $300 

200-299 participants: $400 

300 + participants: $500 

Maximum Number of Participants: Unlimited 

Best for Grades: K-8 

Description: Embark on an ear­-opening journey into the science of sound and the exciting new field of soundscape ecology. Hear sounds from across the globe as we investigate the properties of sound and learn about the tools that scientists use to record and analyze complex soundscapes. Discover what soundscapes can tell us about the changing health of our planet. 

*Booking for program dates 10/1/2021 or later 

Piece of Mind

Cost: $200

Maximum Number of Participants: 50

Best for Grades: 3–8

Description: Be awe-inspired by the power of the brain as students learn how it controls memory, movement, and sight. Discover how the brain functions through live activities and fun puzzles, and see a real human brain specimen!

Radical Reactions

Cost: Varies by group size.

1–99 participants: $200

100–199 participants: $300

200–299 participants: $400

300 + participants: $500

Maximum Number of Participants: Unlimited

Best for Grades: Pre K–12

Description: Observe the explosive ways chemicals unite and react in this high energy show! Discover the signs of chemical reactions through experimentation and learn how this creates the world around us. 

Due to less interactivity in this program, this is suitable for large audiences.

Robots on Mars!

Cost: $200

Maximum Number of Participants: 50

Best for Grades: 3–8 

Description: How do un-crewed missions help scientists prepare for human exploration in space? What can robots teach us about new places we’ve never visited? Participants will work together collecting data to solve a mystery all while learning more about robotic missions on Earth’s neighbor – Mars!

Stick the Landing: Engineering Series - NEW

Cost: $500 (includes 3 sessions) 

Maximum Number of Participants: 50 

Best for Grades: 3-8 

Description: Over the course of 3 sessions, use the steps of the engineering design process to build, test and refine your own model of a Mars lander in your learning space. Dive into past and future missions to Mars and carefully consider the criteria and constraints for both real Mars missions and your own lander model. Learn how engineers are just one of the many careers that contribute to complex solar system missions. 

Materials Required 

Basic supplies such as paper, tape, glue and scissors. 

At least 3 types of additional building materials such as: paper clips, paper cups, string, plastic or cardboard recyclables, craft supplies, tissue paper, bubble wrap, rubber bands, straws, etc. Use or substitute anything else you would like to use to build your models! 

*Booking for program dates 10/1/2021 or later 

Virtual Planetarium: Night Sky Tonight

Cost: Varies by group size.

1–99 participants: $200

100–199 participants: $300

200–299 participants: $400

300 + participants: $500

Maximum Number of Participants: Unlimited

Best for Grades: Pre K–12

Description: Become a true backyard astronomer. Learn how living on a giant spinning ball changes what can be seen each night, discover how to find constellations, and even how the sky can be used to find directions!

Virtual Planetarium: Planetary Geology

Cost: Varies by group size.

1-99 participants: $200

100-199 participants: $300

200-299 participants: $400

300 + participants: $500

Maximum Number of Participants: Unlimited

Best for Grades: PreK-12

Description: Take a wild virtual ride to explore the planets and moons that make up Earth’s neighborhood, the solar system. Explore these unique landscapes, and see deep craters, magma filled volcanoes, giant seas of methane, and icy oceans.

6th – 8th Grades

Ecosystem Investigators

Cost: $200

Maximum Number of Participants: 50

Best for Grades: 3-8

Description: Work together to create a virtual ecosystem model revealing how living and non-living parts connect and interact in an aquatic environment. Using your new knowledge about ecosystem interactions, become a wetland scientist and explore the relationship between organisms in a real pond sample. Can you help us determine if the wetland ecosystem is in balance?

Featured Creatures

Cost: $200

Maximum Number of Participants: 50

Best for Grades: 3-6

Description: Animals are adapted to the places they call home. Their shape, size, skin, and skeleton all work together to help animals survive and thrive. Take a deeper look at real animal skin, skulls, and skeletons, and learn how different animals move and live! 

Global Soundscapes - NEW

Cost: Varies by group size. 

1-99 participants: $200 

100-199 participants: $300 

200-299 participants: $400 

300 + participants: $500 

Maximum Number of Participants: Unlimited 

Best for Grades: K-8 

Description: Embark on an ear­-opening journey into the science of sound and the exciting new field of soundscape ecology. Hear sounds from across the globe as we investigate the properties of sound and learn about the tools that scientists use to record and analyze complex soundscapes. Discover what soundscapes can tell us about the changing health of our planet. 

*Booking for program dates 10/1/2021 or later 

Piece of Mind

Cost: $200

Maximum Number of Participants: 50

Best for Grades: 3–8

Description: Be awe-inspired by the power of the brain as students learn how it controls memory, movement, and sight. Discover how the brain functions through live activities and fun puzzles, and see a real human brain specimen!

Radical Reactions

Cost: Varies by group size.

1–99 participants: $200

100–199 participants: $300

200–299 participants: $400

300 + participants: $500

Maximum Number of Participants: Unlimited

Best for Grades: Pre K–12

Description: Observe the explosive ways chemicals unite and react in this high energy show! Discover the signs of chemical reactions through experimentation and learn how this creates the world around us. 

Due to less interactivity in this program, this is suitable for large audiences.

Robots on Mars!

Cost: $200

Maximum Number of Participants: 50

Best for Grades: 3–8 

Description: How do un-crewed missions help scientists prepare for human exploration in space? What can robots teach us about new places we’ve never visited? Participants will work together collecting data to solve a mystery all while learning more about robotic missions on Earth’s neighbor – Mars!

Stick the Landing: Engineering Series - NEW

Cost: $500 (includes 3 sessions) 

Maximum Number of Participants: 50 

Best for Grades: 3-8 

Description: Over the course of 3 sessions, use the steps of the engineering design process to build, test and refine your own model of a Mars lander in your learning space. Dive into past and future missions to Mars and carefully consider the criteria and constraints for both real Mars missions and your own lander model. Learn how engineers are just one of the many careers that contribute to complex solar system missions. 

Materials Required 

Basic supplies such as paper, tape, glue and scissors. 

At least 3 types of additional building materials such as: paper clips, paper cups, string, plastic or cardboard recyclables, craft supplies, tissue paper, bubble wrap, rubber bands, straws, etc. Use or substitute anything else you would like to use to build your models! 

*Booking for program dates 10/1/2021 or later 

Virtual Planetarium: Night Sky Tonight

Cost: Varies by group size.

1–99 participants: $200

100–199 participants: $300

200–299 participants: $400

300 + participants: $500

Maximum Number of Participants: Unlimited

Best for Grades: Pre K–12

Description: Become a true backyard astronomer. Learn how living on a giant spinning ball changes what can be seen each night, discover how to find constellations, and even how the sky can be used to find directions!

Virtual Planetarium: Planetary Geology

Cost: Varies by group size.

1-99 participants: $200

100-199 participants: $300

200-299 participants: $400

300 + participants: $500

Maximum Number of Participants: Unlimited

Best for Grades: PreK-12

Description: Take a wild virtual ride to explore the planets and moons that make up Earth’s neighborhood, the solar system. Explore these unique landscapes, and see deep craters, magma filled volcanoes, giant seas of methane, and icy oceans.

9th–12th Grades

Virtual Planetarium: Night Sky Tonight

Cost: Varies by group size.

1–99 participants: $200

100–199 participants: $300

200–299 participants: $400

300 + participants: $500

Maximum Number of Participants: Unlimited

Best for Grades: Pre K–12

Description: Become a true backyard astronomer. Learn how living on a giant spinning ball changes what can be seen each night, discover how to find constellations, and even how the sky can be used to find directions!

Virtual Planetarium: Planetary Geology

Cost: Varies by group size.

1–99 participants: $200

100–199 participants: $300

200–299 participants: $400

300 + participants: $500

Maximum Number of Participants: Unlimited

Best for Grades: Pre K–12

Description: Take a wild virtual ride to explore the planets and moons that make up Earth’s neighborhood, the solar system. Explore these unique landscapes, and see deep craters, magma filled volcanoes, giant seas of methane, and icy oceans.

 

Additional Resources

Contact Us

To learn more about these programs and schedule a Virtual Field Trip for your students, please fill out the Virtual Field Trip Inquiry Form or email edprograms@pacsci.org

Field Trip FAQ

Have PacSci’s educators join your students live from our Curiosity Studio, and lead students in live workshops and demonstrations featuring some of PacSci’s favorite STEM activities. Each session is private to your group of students, ensuring lots of interactivity! 

 

Program Content

What is a Virtual Field Trip? PacSci’s Virtual Field Trips are live, interactive educational programs that engage learners in STEM concepts. Participants join a link from either individual devices or a shared device to meet with a PacSci educator in real time. Using live demonstrations, specimen close-ups on camera, and interactive software and videos, the PacSci educator will guide your learners through observations and activities that spark curiosity and support science standards. Watch this 1-minute preview video for a snap shot of some of our virtual program offerings.

Who can participate in a Virtual Field Trip? Anyone! This includes schools, after-school programs, scout groups, birthday celebrations, and more. If you have curious minds, we have exciting programs!

How do I select a program? Check out the program descriptions above to find a program that best fits the age range, group size, and interests of your group. If you have multiple groups or are interested in multiple programs, you’re welcome to book more than one field trip session. Email the Education Team for more specifics on any program.

Can you adjust your program content or length to better fit my curriculum? We may be able to adjust the content based on topic requests and lead time. Substantial changes may incur additional costs. Include any special requests in your inquiry form, or email the Education Team. 

Can participants ask questions during the program? Participants can ask questions via the chat and/or microphone depending on your device set up and preferences. PacSci educators will work with your group’s supporting adult to help facilitate interactive portions in a way that works best for your learners.

How long is each session? Virtual Field Trips are 40 minutes long. We may be able to accommodate shorter or longer programs to fit your needs. Please include your request in your inquiry form.

Program Logistics 

How far ahead should we book a program? Programs should be booked at least 2 weeks in advance. We book on a rolling calendar year so you can schedule as far in advance as you’d like!

Do Virtual Field Trips work best for in-person, remote, or hybrid groups? Programs are designed to be engaging and easily facilitated for any of these audience types. If all in-person, your learners can join from a large shared screen and speaker (recommended), or from their own devices.

What delivery platform do you use? We can join your secure virtual platform of choice, or set up a private Zoom that only your group will have access to. We are flexible to adapt to the delivery platform that works best for you!

What do I need on my end to join a session? What are the requirements? Review the full Program Requirements, or see the abbreviated list below.

  • Individual devices OR a shared device with a large screen and speakers
  • Internet connection
  • Access to your selected virtual delivery platform, such as Zoom, Teams or Google Meet
  • A webcam and microphone on participant device(s)
  • An adult or volunteer must be present to help facilitate

How do I prepare for our Virtual Field Trip session? The Pre-Program Checklist has everything you need to know and a copy of the checklist will be emailed to you upon booking.

How many people can join one program? Most Virtual Field Trip programs are best with no more than 50 students. This helps to ensure a high level of interactivity. For large groups, we suggest the Radical Reactions or planetarium shows as they have a smaller amount of interactivity (and a high amount of “oohs and ahhs!”) that work well with big groups.

How do I protect my students’ privacy in these online programs? Each program is private to the booking group. We can join the virtual learning platform of your choice, or we can set up a private Zoom meeting, webinar, or unlisted YouTube video for you and your students to join. Let us know your privacy needs, and we can meet you there.

Pricing Questions 

How much do Virtual Field Trips cost? Pricing starts at $200 for a 40-minute program for up to 50 participants and increases for larger audiences.

Are there scholarships for low-income groups? Groups serving Title I or other low-income students may be eligible for scholarships covering up to 100% of program cost. Let us know if you serve low-income learners when you submit your inquiry.

Are there any other discounts for Virtual Field Trips? Discounts may be available for booking multiple programs.

 

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