Field Trip - Exhibit Experience

Grades:
age 2
-
grade 12
Chemistry
Engineering
Life Science
Physical Science
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

Build, Engineer, Invent!

Grades:
grade K
-
grade 8
Engineering
Festival

Step into the shoes of an engineer as you Build, Engineer, and Invent! This hands-on design challenge experience brings out the engineer in everyone. Explore building in two and three dimensions while discovering the design properties involved in constructing sturdy structures, bridges, roller coasters, and more! We bring the building materials; you supply the creativity!

Topics:
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 per session maximum
Time50 minutes
Cost$1,050 for two sessions (two-session minimum; same program)
$1,250 for three sessions (same program)
Adult volunteers required: 12, not including attending teachers

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$1,050 for two sessions (two-session minimum; same program)
$1,250 for three sessions (same program)
Adult volunteers required: Minimum of 14 for daytime, 8 for evening

Environmental Detectives: A Murky Mystery

Grades:
grade 1
-
grade 8
Chemistry
Physical Science
Festival

The Mystery: Fish and other wildlife are dying. The Investigation: Perform chemical and biological tests to determine what could be causing the situation. Intriguing hands-on test stations await as you gather clues, analyze data, and research the history of the area to become an environmental detective. The mystery continues back in the classroom, as teachers choose a follow-up activity from the packet provided, and as students pool their results and attempt to solve the mystery.

Topics:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
Science and Engineering Practices: Analyzing and Interpreting Data; Arguing from Evidence; Constructing Explanations
Crosscutting Concepts: Cause and Effect
At Your Site
Enrollment100 (Grades 1-3); 150 (Grades 4-8) maximum
Time50 minutes
Cost$1,050 for two sessions (two-session minimum; same program)
$1,250 for three sessions (same program)
Adult volunteers required: 16, not including attending teachers

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 police barrier tape. They gather evidence and analyze it at the 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 pH testing, hidden fingerprints, invisible inks, chromatography, and more! 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.”

Topics:
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$1,050 for two sessions (two-session minimum; same program)
$1,250 for three sessions (same program)
Adult volunteers required: 16, not including attending teachers

Build, Engineer, Invent "Junior"

Grades:
age 3
-
grade K
Engineering
Festival

Through playful investigations of physical science and engineering, junior engineers will Build, Engineer, and Invent! Explore motion and force as you create pathways complete with ramps, drops, twists, and turns. Explore which shapes are the strongest by erecting giant structures and testing them for stability. We bring the building materials; you supply the creativity!

Topics:
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
Enrollment60 per session maximum
Time50 minutes
Cost$1,050 for two sessions (two-session minimum; same program)
$1,250 for three sessions (same program)
Adult volunteers required: 10, not including attending teachers

Electrifying Science

Grades:
grade K
-
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 but safe, high-voltage finale!

Topics:
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 K-1)
Cost$1,050 for two sessions (two-session minimum; same program)
$1,250 for three sessions (same program)
$200 to add on a special 25-minute TK-1 version

Solids, Liquids, and Gases

Grades:
grade TK
-
grade 6
Physical Science
Science Show

How can you shrink a balloon down to nearly nothing and then instantly inflate it back to its full size? Students will discover the answer to this question, and more, through the phase-changing, mind-bending world of solids, liquid, and gases!

Topics:
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$1,050 for two sessions (two-session minimum; same program)
$1,250 for three sessions (same program)
$200 to add on a special 25-minute TK-1 version

Moons of the Solar System

Grades:
grade 6
-
grade 8
Earth and Space Science
Workshop

In Moons of the Solar System, students watch and record the behavior of Jupiter’s four moons, and take a tour of some of the dozens of moons in our Solar System. In our Planetarium they will observe our own ever-changing Moon and find out what causes its phases through simulated motions of it and Earth in the light of a simulated Sun.

Topics:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: ESS1.B Earth and the Solar System
Science and Engineering Practices: Asking Questions; Developing and Using Models; Constructing Explanations
Crosscutting Concepts: Cause and Effect; Patterns
At The Hall
Enrollment12 minimum
32 maximum
Time10:15 a.m. or 12:15 p.m.
1 hour
CostExhibit Experience + Workshop: $465; Complete Experience: $525. Extra chaperones are $16/adult ($18.50 if a show is added)

Engineering Challenge: Hydraulics

Grades:
grade 3
-
grade 12
Engineering
Physical Science
Workshop

Students will define problems and design and evaluate solutions in our Hydraulic Engineering Challenge. Students are introduced to engineering concepts and properties of fluids as they envision and piece together their own hydraulic contraptions.

*Offered September–November.

Topics:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: ETS1.A Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems; ETS1.B Developing Possible Solutions; ETS1.C Optimizing the Design Solution
Science and Engineering Practices: Defining Problems; Designing Solutions
Crosscutting Concepts: Structure and Function
At The Hall
Enrollment12 minimum
32 maximum
TimeTuesday-Friday
10:15 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.
75 minutes
CostExhibit Experience + Workshop: $465; Complete Experience: $525. Extra chaperones are $16/adult ($18.50 if a show is added)

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