Students require real life experiences offering opportunities to examine applications of science, which supplement their classroom studies. Abundant mountain ranges, deserts and lakes provide a smorgasbord of Science Field Trips for High School Students in Arizona. Here is a sampling of four Arizona science centers.
600 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Educational Services: 602-716-2053 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
This amazing hands-on facility offers more than 300 exhibits including a state-of-the-art planetarium and a five-story giant screen theater. Students will learn through live demonstrations, traveling exhibitions, and a variety of community enrichment programs.
Planetary Geology/NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility at ASU
PO Box 871404
Tempe, AZ 85287-1404
Bateman Physical Sciences Center F-Wing (image)
550 E Tyler Mall
Tempe, AZ 85281
Established by NASA, The Space Photography Laboratory at Arizona State University (ASU) archived images of planets to by used as educational resources. Images from all the US space missions can be researched by your high school students. Facility tours and presentations are arranged by contacting the office (numbers above). The geological department features meteorite displays, earthquake simulations and hands on rock identification. A great time to attend is at their open house in October during Earth Science Week.
The Grand Canyon
A field trip to the Grand CanyonNational Park will provide numerous activities for high school science students. All programs are free of charge and abide by Arizona curriculum standards. The website details length, grade appropriateness and details of each program.
Transportation, lodging/camping, meals and park entrance fees are the responsibility of the participants. A limited number of travel grants are available. Please call for details and applicable forms. The National Park Service offers free, curriculum based school programs. To learn more go to: http://www.nps.gov/grca/forteachers/curriculum-based.htm
32540 S. Biosphere Road
Oracle, AZ USA 85623
Phone: (520) 896-6400
$10 per student with a minimum of 20 students
The Biosphere2 privately built upon a 40-acre campus in the 1980’s, originally famous for being a human experiment where scientists replicated the Earth’s biosphere with ocean, wetlands, rainforest, grassland and desert. A team of eight members lived sealed within the 7,200,000 cubic feet of glass construction.
Now as part of its mission to serve as an outreach learning center, the Biosphere2 offers educational programs for high school students which include three hours of classroom activities prior to the trip. Pre and post field trip lessons are provided in the teacher packet.
This once in a lifetime tour will escort your through the Biomes and technosphere. A student’s zest for discovery will be ignited as they explore our planet’s future through this miniature Earth.
Arizona Game & Fish Sport Fishing Education Program
Education Branch: (623) 236-7235 or (623) 236-7219
Annually the Arizona Game and Fish Department hosts its free Sport Fishing Education program held in various locations around the state. For many students this is their first exposure to fishing. SGFD staff provides instruction, loaner poles and limited bait. Since the bulk of participants come from schools, they have implemented a random drawing process. The deadline for lottery applications has passed for this year. By submitting your contact information online, you will be notified at the beginning of next school year the application process details.