Field Trips for Schools, Libraries, Scouts, and Groups

miSci offers exciting field trip experiences at the Museum for schools, libraries, Scouts and groups of 5 or more that can be customized to meet your interests and needs. Each field trip is offered at the cost of $15 per student, $20 per adult, and $18 per senior and includes a guided exhibition tour, a Planetarium show, a hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program, pre- and post-activities for teachers, and a room for having lunch.

In addition to regular group visits for Scouts, miSci offers in-person and virtual STEM badge programs. The in-person STEM badge program is three hours long, requires a minimum of six Scouts, and includes a Planetarium show, two STEM hands-on activities and exhibition exploration. The fee is $24 per Scout, and $12 per chaperone. The virtual STEM badge program is one hour long, requires a minimum of six and a maximum of 25 Scouts, and includes two STEM hands-on activities and materials for experiments. The fee is $24 per Scout. Please contact the reservationist to book your visit.

Click here to view our Planetarium offerings and list of exhibitions.

The complete lineup of STEM programs is as follows:

 

Engineering, Technology, and the Application of Science

Rosie Revere: Engineer
Learn about the science of engineering through an engaging story and hands-on engineering project. Then build your own take-home flying machine and test and improve its performance.
Program length: 35–45 minutes
Best for grades: K–2

Nanotechnology
The smallest things around us make a big difference. Through hands-on activities, students observe and learn how things at the nanoscale act in unexpected ways, and how these differences are harnessed by scientists and engineers to create fascinating technology.
Program length: 35–45 minutes
Best for grades: 1–5

Engineering Mission
Following the engineering process, participants design, build, test, evaluate, and redesign a shock-absorbing system that protects marshmallow “astronauts” or a rover while they land on the moon or Mars.
Program length: 35–45 minutes
Best for grades: 3–8

 

Life Science

Waiting for Wings
What makes a butterfly an insect? Discover the amazing world of the butterfly, learn the basics of butterfly anatomy, understand the lifecycle of butterflies, and see their fascinating metamorphosis. Students attending will use their artistic skills to create a model of the four stages of metamorphosis.
Program length: 35–45 minutes
Best for grades: Pre-K– 3

Dino Discovery
Why are dinosaurs different from other animals? What happened to the dinosaurs? What did dinosaurs eat? What is a fossil? Explore the prehistoric world as you learn how to identify dinosaurs while holding real fossils and creating your very own Dino-fossil.
Program length: 35–45 minutes
Best for grades: K–3

Optical Illusions
Trick your eyes and brain with optical illusions and discover how artists have used techniques to trick us for hundreds of years. Learners observe a real cow’s eye dissection and learn about how the parts of the eye work together to create our sense of sight.
Program length: 35–45 minutes
Best for grades: 3–8

Ready, Set, Pump it Up!
Discuss the purpose and anatomy of our blood pumping organ, the heart. Play the role of a blood cell and experience how oxygen travels from the lungs through your body. Touch a real sheep’s heart and try to poke through all the arteries while you learn about the path that blood takes.
Program length: 35–45 minutes
Best for grades: 3–8

Crime Lab Science*
Learn about forensic science and how evolving technology helps scientists and detectives discover the truth about mysterious criminal cases. “Detectives in training” participate in a mock investigation where they identify the main types of fingerprints, explore the science of chromatography, learn about DNA and how to extract it, and use the evidence to identify the culprit.
Program length: 35–45 minutes
Best for grades: 3–8

 

Earth and Space Science

Spinning in Space
Why is it light during the day and dark at night? Learn about Earth and its relationship to other bodies in the solar system. Students discover, through kinesthetic activities, the movement of the Earth, Moon, and Sun system and how this causes common phenomena such as day and night.
Program length: 35–45 minutes
Best for grades: Pre-K–5

Just a Phase*
This program investigates Earth’s closest neighbor, the Moon. Students explore lunar phases by creating and observing a scale model of the Earth-Sun-Moon system, identifying the phases of the moon, and discussing how and why they occur.
Program length: 35–45 minutes
Best for grades: 2–5

Surviving on the Moon 101*
In this collaborative activity, students work together to solve a series of challenges grounded in real science about living and doing research on the Moon. Participants will assume the role of an astronaut at an outpost on the Moon. Challenges are based on scientific concepts connected to lunar exploration. As the team conducts research, a moonquake causes significant damage to the life support systems and survival requires teamwork. Can you work together to quickly restore the systems needed to survive?
Program length: 35–45 minutes
Best for grades: 2–8

Mapping Climate Action!*
Is the Earth becoming warmer and wetter? One consequence of climate change is the melting of ice caps, glaciers, and sea ice. Rising sea levels have major repercussions for people around the world. Participants will use topographical mapping techniques to track changes in sea levels and discuss how humans can cause climate change or lessen its impact by measuring their carbon footprint.
Program length: 35–45 minutes
Best for grades: 1–8

Let’s Talk Space
Learn about the newest discoveries and most exciting science missions beyond our planet with an interactive lecture from miSci program designers. Topics range from the most recent footage of other planets to the design and launch of brand-new research missions, to the search for life beyond Earth.
Program length: 45–60 minutes
Best for learners: 6–12

 

Physical Science

Fun with Physics
Physics is everywhere, even when we play! Students observe and identify different forces by observing Bernoulli’s principle, falling objects, gyroscopes, and more. In the second half of the program, participants create a toy helicopter to illustrate the concepts they have investigated.
Program length: 35 – 45 minutes
Best for learners: 3rd – 8th grade

Dry Ice*
Explore the states of matter with some super cold chemical ice! Participants watch as objects are frozen before their eyes, bubbles float on an invisible bed, and clouds of gas erupt from the lab table. Learners also get to observe the process of sublimation, where a solid becomes a gas without first becoming a liquid.
Program length: 35–45 minutes
Best for grades: 1–8

The Magic of Electricity
We use electricity every day, but what is it and how does it work? In The Magic of Electricity students observe both static and dynamic electricity and learn the difference between the two. Participants also discover how electric circuits are formed, how electric charges work, and witness hair-raising demonstrations with a Van de Graaf generator.
Program length: 35–45 minutes
Best for grades: 1–12

Liquid Nitrogen
Nitrogen is a gas that can become a liquid! Participants observe such uncommon states of matter as liquid boiling at room temperature. Through fascinating demonstrations, learners discover how liquid nitrogen is made and used in science, and the curious effects that extreme cold has on a variety of materials.
Program length: 35–45 minutes
Best for grades: 2–8

 

Chemistry

Science Solutions
Did you know that the famous toy Silly Putty® was accidentally developed by General Electric engineer, James Wright? Bounce into the world of chemistry by mixing different ratios of ingredients to make the best bouncy ball.
Program length: 35–45 minutes
Best for grades: 2–5

 

Trains

Talking About Trains
It’s time to get ready for miSci’s annual train exhibit! Little engineers will read Terrific Trains by Tony Mitton, then make an engineer’s hat while talking about what kind of cars pull the train, carry the people, and the cargo. Students will then build a funicular train that can power itself.
Program length: 35–40 minutes
Best for grades: Pre-K–2

Magical Levitating Trains*
Impossible! How could a train move with no engine or wheels? Explore the science behind magnetic forces and magnetic levitation trains — also called maglev trains. These high-speed trains are used for transportation in cities around the world. Using the engineering process, participants experiment with toy cars and magnets to design their own model of a maglev train.
Program length: 35–45 minutes
Best for grades: 2–6

All onsite programs follow CDC and state and local health guidelines. The use of a face mask is required for adults and children 2 years and up. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the Museum and classrooms. If a child/adult is presenting COVID related symptoms, please refrain from coming to miSci. We will be happy to reschedule your visit.

Financial aid may be available for those who qualify. To make a reservation click the button above or contact Cindy DeMarco, miSci’s Reservationist, at reservations@misci.org.