When a student hears the words field trip, it almost certain that they are thinking of a day of fun and leisure where they won’t have to deal with learning anything. However, that doesn’t have to be the case. Learning itself should be presented to students as fun so that they are eager to gain further knowledge, and just because students associate field trips with fun, doesn’t mean they won’t be learning anything. Below three different locations that a middle school class could explore as a science field trip in my state of Florida, where there won’t be any lack of learning with a healthy dose of fun.
9067 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
WonderWorks is better known in Florida as being an upside down building, because from the outside the construction of the building really was made for it to look upside down. Everything about this place is scientific, from lying being lifted into the air by a bed of nails, to sitting inside of a hurricane chamber to see how the winds of a hurricane feel, WonderWorks is a great source of fun and education for students.
Marine Science Station
12646 W. Fort Island Trail
Crystal River, Florida, 344239
Telephone: (352) 795-4393
The Marine Science Station is a heavenly untouched piece of land in the Florida Gulf Coast. Here, students can snorkel and examine the Gulf’s ocean life while exploring the sands and learning much about the natural environment. It is a great way for them to become a part of nature and take part in some excellent hands on activities as to some of the wild life located in Florida. From experience, this trip has always proved to be a success for middle school students. Not only have they come home to rant joyously about their experience and what they witnessed up close with their own eyes, but they learned about different species of fish and their habitats.
Kennedy Space Center
SR 405, Kennedy Space Center, FL,
32899 (866) 737-5235
At the Kennedy Space Center, students can explore a variety of exhibits as well as the Apollo/Saturn V Center and can a tour of NASA areas. There are even some interactive shows for them to take part in. The Space Center is goaled to feeding students with knowledge about space exploration as well as participate in hands on engineering challenges. There is even a chance that they can meet with a real life astronaut! A field trip to the Space Center actually meets Florida’s Sunshine State Standards as well as FCAT requirements and National Science Standards, making this a perfect trip for students to have tons of galactic fun and gain knowledge to the vast universe around them.