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Virtual Field Trips

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Virtual Field Trips Are Here!

​Pacific Science Center field trips are going 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 spark 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 PreK-8.

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!

Check back for more programs and age ranges.

 

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.

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. 

 

Available Virtual Field Trips

Animal Adventure
Cost: $200

Best for Grades: PreK-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. 

Featured Creatures
Cost: $200

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! 

Piece of Mind
Cost: $200

Best for Grades: 3-6

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

Best for Grades: K-8

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

Best for Grades: K-8

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

Best for Grades: K-8

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.

 

Learn More and Schedule

Contact Us

To learn more about these programs and schedule a Virtual Field Trip for your students, please email edprograms@pacsci.org, with the following information:

 

Contact Name:

Contact Position:

Contact Email:

 

Organization Name:

Zip Code:

 

Program you are interested in:

Grade level of participants:

Total Number of Participants:

When are you interested in receiving this program?

 

How did you hear about Virtual Field Trips?

Any other information we should know?

 
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

Who can participate in a Virtual Field Trip? Virtual Field Trips are intended for groups and organizations who are providing educational and enrichment programs for PreK-8 students. This includes schools and classrooms, afterschool programs, homeschool groups and any other organization interested. If you have curious minds, we have exciting programs! 

How do I select a program? Check out our program descriptions on the web to find the program that best fits the number of students you wish to serve, the age range of your participants, and the content area that fits your curriculum or student interests. If you have multiple groups or are interested in multiple programs, you are welcome to book more than one field trip session. 

Can you adjust your program content or length to better fit my curriculum? Want to focus on certain animals, life cycles, models, or particular planets? We may be able to adjust the content to ensure the program meets your needs! Include any special requests in your inquiry email to edprograms@pacsci.org. 

I’m interested in a topic not listed on your website. Do you do custom programs? Custom programs may be possible depending on the topic and lead time, and may incur an additional set-up cost. Let us know your needs in the email request, and we’ll reply letting you know the feasibility. 

Can participants ask questions during the program? Participants can ask questions via the chat feature during a program and may be able to ask questions via microphone depending on the platform used. The classroom teacher or supporting adult can also help facilitate the interactive portions, ensuring your expectations for participation are met.  

Program Logistics 

What delivery platform do you use? We can join your secure virtual platform of choice,  set up a private Zoom, or an unlisted YouTube channel 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? For all programs, one adult or volunteer is required to be present and help facilitate the activities with your student group for the duration of the virtual program. 

If we are joining your learning space with all students present in the same location, all you need is a device connected to internet, large monitor/display screen, and speakers for all students to watch and hear. Your own webcam and mic are encouraged for more interactivity with the presenter, but not necessary. 

If we are joining your students who are also remote, we can join the remote platform of your choice, or set-up a private virtual Zoom or YouTube session. Each participant will need a device connected to the internet. Individual participant webcam and mic are encouraged for more interactivity with the presenter, but not necessary. 

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 long is each session? Virtual Field Trips are approximately 40 minutes long, with ample time for questions throughout. We can accommodate longer or shorter times to fit your needs.  

Is there a calendar for when programs are offered? Program delivery days are primarily Tuesday-Friday, every week. Let us know your preferred day and time in your email request. We may be able to accommodate Monday and weekend programs; note your preferred day and time when emailing us. 

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 min program for up to 50 participants and increases for larger audiences. Discounts and scholarships of up to 100% off may be available for groups serving Title I or other low-income students. Email us to learn more! 

Is there a member discount? There is not a member discount for programs serving schools and community organizations. However, we do offer a 10% member discount for homeschool groups.  

We are small nano school with only 10 students. Is there a less expensive option for small pods of learners? A popular solution for small groups of learners in pods is to team up with additional pods for a larger group. In this model, a point person from your groups sets up and pays for the program, and then can share the platform link to all members of your group for everyone to join the same program.  

I’m ready to learn more and schedule a program! Great! We are excited to share some amazing STEM activities with your students. Email edprograms@pacsci.org, and let us know the following details. We’ll respond within 2-3 business days.  

Contact Name: 

Contact Position: 

Contact Email: 

 

Organization Name: 

Zip Code: 

 

Program you are interested in: 

Grade level of participants: 

Total Number of Participants: 

When are you interested in receiving this program? 

How did you hear about Virtual Field Trips?

Any other information we should know? 

 

Generous Support Provided By:

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Pacific Northwest Laboratories

King County Wastewater Division

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Virtual Field Trips are generously supported by the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Snoqualmie Tribe, The Baker Foundation, an anonymous donor, and by more than 2,500 individuals, companies, and foundations that donate to the Science Center each year. Click here to learn more about ways you can support Virtual Field Trips and Pacific Science Center.

Additional support comes from NASA under award No. NNX16AB86A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

 

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