Field Trip - Exhibit Experience

Grades:
age 2
-
grade 12
Exhibit/Field Trip

Students gain an entirely new perspective on the world, by experimenting with the amazingly small view of the nanoscale, by seeing the whole Earth rotating in front of their eyes, and by viewing our California watershed condensed into a fascinating outdoor exhibit. New experiences engage students in both learning and collaborating, and get them to wonder “How can I figure that out?”

Get ready for your visit by exploring our exhibit experiences and featured exhibits, and our current activities and shows.

Topics:
Featured and Ongoing Exhibits.
This year our exhibit experiences connect with disciplinary core ideas around forces and energy, engineering, and earth science, allowing students to explore crosscutting concepts of cause and effect, patterns, and systems and system models. Additionally, our exhibits focus students on science and engineering practices such as planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, and constructing explanations and designing solutions.
At The Hall
Enrollment12 minimum
Time
CostExhibit Experience: $8.00 for ages 3-17, 62 plus, and adults with disabilities.; $10.00 for ages 18-61; Free for children under 3 and required chaperones. Exhibit Experience + Show: $10.00 for ages 3-17, 62 plus, and adults with disabilities.; $10.00 for ages 18-61; Free for children under 3 and required chaperones.
Adult volunteers required: 1 chaperone free per 7 students (required); Extra adults $12/$14

Wizard's Lab

Grades:
grade K
-
grade 12
Physical Science
,
Festival

A ball floats and spins in midair, fingers pass through a seemingly solid object, words whispered into a metal can are heard over 10 feet away — these are just a few of the weird, wondrous, hands-on exhibits found in the Wizard's Lab! As “science wizards,” students explore the almost magical properties of matter and energy, participate in high-voltage and subzero experiments, and figure out how things really work in the fun-, fact-, and phenomenon-filled world of physics.

Topics:
Electricity, Magnetism, Light, Sound, Mechanics
Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS2.A Forces and motion; PS2.B Types of interactions; PS3.B Conservation of energy and energy transfer; PS4.A Wave properties; PS4.B Electromagnetic radiation.
Science and Engineering Practices: Asking Questions; Developing Models; Analyzing and Interpreting Data; Constructing Explanations
At Your Site
Enrollment150 per session maximum
Time50 minutes
Cost$1,000 for two sessions (two-session minimum; same program)
$1,200 for three sessions (same program)
Adult volunteers required: Minimum of 14 for daytime, 8 for evening

Build, Engineer, Invent!

Grades:
grade K
-
grade 8
Engineering
,
Festival

Explore the exciting worlds of electrical, civil, and structural engineering as you build, engineer, and invent! This hands-on design challenge experience brings out the engineer and architect in everyone. Explore building in two and three dimensions while discovering the design properties involved in constructing sturdy structures. From free-standing newspaper structures, 3-D houses, to bridges, and beyond . . . explore how engineering plays a huge role in the world we live in. We bring the building materials; you bring the creativity!

Topics:
Circuitry, Electricity, Geometry, Engineering, Structures
Disciplinary Core Ideas: ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
Science and Engineering Practices: Defining problems; Designing solutions.
Crosscutting Concepts: Structure and function; Cause and effect
At Your Site
Enrollment150 maximum
Time50 minutes
Cost$1,000 for two sessions (two-session minimum; same program)
$1,200 for three sessions (same program)
Adult volunteers required: 12-16

Mystery Festival

Grades:
grade 1
-
grade 8
Physical Science
,
Festival

Let the Hall transform your auditorium into a giant forensic laboratory! As your students enter the room, they view the scene of a “crime” surrounded by a police barrier. They gather evidence and analyze it at many forensic lab test stations around the room. Students attempt to unravel a complex mystery that is designed to excite and channel them into creative problem solving. The station activities include crystals, pH testing, hidden fingerprints, invisible inks, and chromatography. The mystery continues back in the classroom, as teachers choose a follow-up activity from the packet provided, and students pool their results and attempt to “crack the case.” Grades 1–3 solve a simpler mystery involving the case of “Who borrowed Mr. Bear?” (K students enjoy the stations, but solving the mystery may not be appropriate for this grade.)

Topics:
Chemistry, Forensics
Science and Engineering Practices: Analyzing and Interpreting Data; Arguing from Evidence; Constructing Explanations
Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns; Cause and Effect
At Your Site
Enrollment100 (gr 1-3); 150 (gr 4-8) maximum
Time50 minutes
Cost$1,000 for two sessions (two-session minimum; same program)
$1,200 for three sessions (same program)
Adult volunteers required: 16

Electrifying Science: The Magic of Electricity

Grades:
grade TK
-
grade 8
Physical Science
,
Science Show

Experience a science so electrifying that it literally makes students' hair stand on end! Marvel and join in as electricity levitates objects in midair, sets them ablaze, or lights them up from across the room. And look out when the lightning flies in our spectacular, high-voltage finale!

For an additional $200, more lighthearted 25-minute sessions for grades TK–1 may be added to programs at your site.

Topics:
Static Electricity, Atoms and Electrons, Electric Current, Energy Sources, Safety, High Voltage
Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS2.B Types of Interactions; PS3.B Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
Crosscutting Concepts: Energy and Matter; Cause and Effect
At Your Site
Enrollment300 per session maximum
Time50 minutes (25 minutes, grades TK-1)
Cost$1,000 for two sessions
$1,200 for three sessions
$200 to add on a special 25-minute TK-1 version

Solids, Liquids, and Gases

Grades:
grade TK
-
grade 6
Physical Science
,
Science Show

Can you shrink a balloon down to nearly nothing and then instantly restore it to its full size? Make fog billow out of a beaker, or turn a flask purple with a fleck of iodine? How about crushing a green plant to powder, or shattering an onion as you would a drinking glass? All this, and more, is possible when matter, energy, and students interact in the phase-changing, mind-bending world of solids, liquids, and gases!

For an additional $200, 25-minute sessions for grades K–1 may be added to programs at your site.

Topics:
States of Matter, Atoms, Energy, Temperature, Models
Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS1.A Structure and Properties of matter; PS1.B Chemical Reactions; PS3.B Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
Crosscutting Concepts: Energy and Matter; Cause and Effect
At Your Site
Enrollment300 per session maximum
TimeTuesday-Friday
50 minutes (25 minutes, grades TK-1)
Cost$1,000 for two sessions
$1,200 for three sessions
$200 to add on a special 25-minute TK-1 version

Flames, Flares, and Explosions: The Science of Fire

Grades:
grade TK
-
grade 8
Physical Science
,
Science Show

This program will set your students’ scientific curiosity ablaze. From the beginning of time, humans have marveled at fire. But how is it made? What is a fuel, and how does it burn? Learn about early fire-making tools and the three basic elements needed for fire. See how various fuels ignite and behave; and find out if different gases, such as hydrogen, oxygen, and helium, will combust. Students also gain an understanding of how to prevent and control fires. With action-packed experiments, this show ends with a bang! Fire safety is emphasized throughout the program.

For an additional $200, one 25-minute session for grades TK–1 may be added to programs at your site.

Topics:
Fire Chemistry, Types of Fire, Types of Fuel and Uses, Combustion, The Fire Triangle, Safety, Fire Prevention
Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS1.A Structure and Properties of Matter; PS1.B Chemical Reactions; PS3.B Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
Crosscutting Concepts: Energy and Matter; Cause and Effect
At Your Site
Enrollment300 per session maximum
Time50 minutes (25 minutes, grades TK-1)
Cost$1,000 for two sessions
$1,200 for three sessions
$200 to add on a special 25-minute TK-1 version

Slime!

Grades:
grade 1
-
grade 2
Physical Science
,
Workshop

Is slime a solid, a liquid, or a gas . . . or something in between? Students consider the differences between these states of matter and discuss their properties, creating a working definition. The young chemists measure and mix liquids, categorize the slimy results, and get to take their colorful concoctions home.

Topics:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 2PS1.A Structures and Properties of Matter; 2PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
Science and Engineering Practices: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Crosscutting Concepts: Cause and Effect
At The HallAt Your Site
Enrollment12 minimum
32 maximum
32 per session maximum
Time9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., or 12:30 p.m.
75 minutes
75 minutes
CostExhibit Experience + Workshop: $450; Complete Experience: $500. Additional adults over required chaperones: $12/$14.$750 for two sessions (two-session minimum; same workshop)
$1,075 for three sessions (same workshop)
Additional travel fees apply to outreach programs outside Berkeley.

Fantastic Gas

Grades:
grade 6
-
grade 8
Physical Science
,
Workshop

“Why does it do that? What is it made of? What would happen if . . . ?” Dry ice inspires students to create their own questions and investigations in this frosty, foggy, and bubbly workshop. The session ends (safely) with a bang as the instructor conducts tests, including flammability, on a variety of gases to reveal the chemical composition of dry ice.

Topics:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS1.A Structure and Properties of Matter
Science and Engineering Practices: Asking Questions; Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Crosscutting Concepts: Cause and Effect
At The HallAt Your Site
Enrollment12 minimum
32 maximum
32 per session maximum
TimeTuesday-Friday
9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., or 12:30 p.m.
75 minutes
Tuesday-Friday
75 minutes
CostExhibit Experience + Workshop: $450; Complete Experience: $500. Additional adults over required chaperones: $12/$14.$750 for two sessions (two-session minimum; same workshop)
$1,075 for three sessions (same workshop)
Additional travel fees apply to outreach programs outside Berkeley.

Volts 'n' Jolts

Grades:
grade 6
-
grade 8
Physical Science
,
Workshop

Students use electric meters, magnets, and wire coils to learn how generators and electric motors work. Water and pieces of metal turn the students into human batteries. A static-electricity generator proves to be a hair-raising experience—a high-voltage finale that sends sparks flying and excitement soaring!

Topics:
DCIs: PS2.B Types of Interactions; PS3.A: Definitions of Energy; PS3.B Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
Science and Engineering Practices: Constructing Explanations; Developing and Using Models
Crosscutting Concepts: Cause and Effect; Energy and Matter
At The HallAt Your Site
Enrollment12 minimum
32 maximum
32 per session maximum
Time9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., or 12:30 p.m.
75 minutes
75 minutes
CostExhibit Experience + Workshop: $450; Complete Experience: $500. Additional adults over required chaperones: $12/$14.$750 for two sessions (two-session minimum; same workshop)
$1,075 for three sessions (same workshop)
Additional travel fees apply to outreach programs outside Berkeley.

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