As a young elementary student myself, I remember my science field trip like it was yesterday. The travel between Springfield, Missouri to St. Louis Missouri took about two hours but it was the greatest two hours of my childhood. It was my first road trip away from my parents and I had my friends sitting in the seat next to me. This trip had created a lifelong friendship that would last for years to come.
My trip involved a visit to the Science center in St. Louis and then my class was going to visit the arch. Truthfully I think I was so excited about going to see the arch that the science center was almost a blur because the arch seemed much more exciting to me.
The science center did have some fascinating things within it such as the planetarium and the omnimax theatre. I sat down in the chair in the omnimax and I felt like I was going to fall out but watching the movie “antartica” and seeing things in a whole different perspective was a great experience for me. I could only imagine would 3D would be like now in the omnimax.
I remember looking at the dinosaur bones, discovering new things about my body, seeing plane models, and eating space ice cream. We viewed the solar system and the different stars through the planetarium which was a very incredible experience for an Aquarian like myself.
I would definitely recommend this as a great science field trip if you are in the Missouri area. No matter the distance, you should plan this field trip accordingly and make it happen for your kids because this experience will change their life and you as their teacher will leave an impression upon your students for years to come.
According to http://www.slsc.org/ the science center is holding a few events that you may be interested in such as the free public telescope viewing October 1st. between the 12th and the 17th of October the science center is hosting a Sci-fi fest for all those Sci-fi lovers you have within your class.
During the month of October the science center also hosts a home school day for all the homeschooled students, so if you are homeschooling your child even he or she deserves a field trip. You can visit the Grossology room, the discovery room and even view the galleries. There is plenty of learning for the children and plenty of entertainment for you as well.
The second place is one that I have mentioned before, It involves the St. Louis arch. Prices for children and adults cost around $32.00 which is very steep but to feel the wind blow as you step into the top of the arch is an experience worth the price.
Before you go through the elevator into the arch there will be a video viewing about how the arch was made, this video is part of the science behind this amazing structure looking over the cardinals stadium and the rest of St. Louis, MO. For more information feel free to visit their webpage http://www.explorestlouis.com/myStl/memberDetails.asp?mID=67&pt=1&ic=2.
Thirdly, is back home in Springfield, Mo. This is another one of my favorite field trips. I remember going there and finding much peace, even as a child with all the chaos of learning it was nice to get away and find some quiet within nature’s refuge.
Our students can hike the trails, see the animals and learn about the different trees and different creatures that live within the wild in their own backyard. This place is called the Springfield conservation nature center and the cost is free the only thing that may cost you is the gas to get where this heaven is located at 4601 S. Nature Center Way Springfield, Mo 65804. You can give them a call 417-888-4237or visit their webpage at http://mdc.mo.gov/regions/southwest/springfield-conservation-nature-center for more information.
The St. Louis science center, St. Louis Gateway Arch and the Springfield conservation center truly are great scientific experiences for children young and old.