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FIELD TRIPS: S.T.E.M. Museum Experiences

The State Museum offers a diverse group of S.T.E.M. focused field trip experiences for visiting students. The experiences listed below are FREE to South Carolina school students, unless otherwise indicated, and must be booked and finalized with the museum’s Group Visits Department two weeks in advance. Please carefully read over the list of programs, choose those you wish to reserve for your field trip and do one of the following: submit a Field Trip Reservation Request Form, email group_visits@scmuseum.org or call (803) 898-4999.

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MUSEUM CLASSES

The State Museum offers a variety of S.T.E.M. focused educator led classes for field trips. Please click on the appropriate grade level below to see a full list of these available programs.

Please note: these experiences are available during the following dates:

Sept. 19 – Dec. 16, 2016
Jan. 9 – May 26, 2017

Choose your grade level:

KINDERGARTEN

FIRST

SECOND

THIRD

FOURTH

FIFTH

SIXTH

SEVENTH

EIGHTH

BOEING OBSERVATORY EXPERIENCE

The Boeing Observatory opens daily at 10 a.m. to all visiting groups. If your group does not have time to schedule one of the museum educator led classes listed below, you are still welcome to visit the observatory at any time during your visit. An astronomy educator will be there to greet you.


 

KINDERGARTEN

Small Scientists
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. through Fri. at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Style: Classroom
Maximum Capacity: 25 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: K.S.1, K.P.4; 1.S.1; 2.S.1, 2.P.3
In this hands-on program, your small scientists will become familiar with different scientific instruments and how to safely use them. They will investigate materials, experiment with different substances, practice measuring and mixing, and be introduced to changing states of matter. At the end, groups will put their knowledge to the test as we create a squishy non-Newtonian fluid!

 


 

FIRST

Small Scientists
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. through Fri. at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Style: Classroom
Maximum Capacity: 25 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: K.S.1, K.P.4; 1.S.1; 2.S.1, 2.P.3
In this hands-on program, your small scientists will become familiar with different scientific instruments and how to safely use them. They will investigate materials, experiment with different substances, practice measuring and mixing, and be introduced to changing states of matter. At the end, groups will put their knowledge to the test as we create a squishy non-Newtonian fluid!

 

*NEW* Little Lights
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. through Fri. at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Style: Auditorium
Maximum Capacity: 80 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: 1.S.1, 1.P.2
This auditorium style program will have students lighting up with excitement! Throughout this program we will discuss the basic properties of visible light, where light comes from, and ways it can be effected. How does light effect the appearance of shadows? If light travels in straight lines, can you make it go somewhere else? Some students will even be able to help us create a simple circuit and light up their own Little Light!

 

*NEW* Observatory Class: To The Museum…and Beyond!
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. and Thurs. only at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Grades: First grade only
Style: Classroom
Maximum Capacity: 50 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: 1.S.1, 1.E.3
What’s the difference between the Earth, Moon and Sun? What are the reasons for the seasons? Why are telescopes so important? These are just a few questions students will explore during this two-part observatory program. Safe solar observing (weather permitting) in the museum’s Boeing Observatory is included in this unique, one-of-a-kind experience.

 


 

SECOND

Small Scientists
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. through Fri. at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Style: Classroom
Maximum Capacity: 25 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: K.S.1, K.P.4; 1.S.1; 2.S.1, 2.P.3
In this hands-on program, your small scientists will become familiar with different scientific instruments and how to safely use them. They will investigate materials, experiment with different substances, practice measuring and mixing, and be introduced to changing states of matter. At the end, groups will put their knowledge to the test as we create a squishy non-Newtonian fluid!

 

*NEW* Let’s Roll!
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. through Fri. at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Style: Classroom
Maximum Capacity: 25 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: 2.S.1, 2.P.4
Get ready to explore the basic principles of physics. How do we make objects move? How do we change the direction of an object? What is friction and how does it affect the world around us? We’ll explore these questions and more in this brand-new entertaining and hands-on program.

 

Matter Matters
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. through Fri. at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Style: Auditorium
Maximum Capacity: 80 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: 2.S.1, 2.P.3, 3.S.1, 3.P.2; 5.S.1, 5.P.2
In this auditorium-style program, students will demonstrate their knowledge of the physical properties of matter. We will discuss the properties of each major state of matter, the physical reactions that can make them change and what happens to molecules inside each one. Students will also think about the differences between chemical and physical reactions and learn a super cool trick called sublimation.

 


 

THIRD

Matter Matters
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. through Fri. at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Style: Auditorium
Maximum Capacity: 80 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: 2.S.1, 2.P.3, 3.S.1, 3.P.2; 5.S.1, 5.P.2
In this auditorium-style program, students will demonstrate their knowledge of the physical properties of matter. We will discuss the properties of each major state of matter, the physical reactions that can make them change and what happens to molecules inside each one. Students will also think about the differences between chemical and physical reactions and learn a super cool trick called sublimation.

 

Impressive Traces of Fossils
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. through Fri. at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Style: Classroom
Maximum Capacity: 25 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: 3.S.1, 3.L.4
This unique, hands-on program gives students the opportunity to touch real fossils and specimens from the State Museum’s expansive collection. Paleontologists are very similar to detectives. Examining fossils can tell us a great deal about the world, and what it was like millions of years ago.

 

Sparking Potential
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. through Fri. at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Style: Auditorium
Maximum Capacity: 80 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science:3.S.1, 3.P.3
This auditorium-style program will have your students “buzzing” when we “shock their locks” with these exciting experiments! From protons, neutrons and electrons to the very basics of circuits, your students will put their current knowledge to use as we discuss different forms of electricity and the potential that resides in all of us. We’ll also discuss where we see electricity and the importance of conductors and insulators.

 


 

FOURTH

Stimulating Light
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. through Fri. at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Style: Auditorium
Maximum Capacity: 80 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: 4.S.1, 4.P.4
See your students’ faces light up as they learn about the power and properties of light! In this program, students will learn about visible light, gain insight into what light is made of, why we see the colors we do, and how light moves. Students will have a ball as they fire off some ideas about how light passes through objects in this fun, auditorium style program.

 

Observatory Class: Astronomical Differences!
Duration: 45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. and Thurs. only at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Grades: Fourth grade only
Style: Classroom
Maximum Capacity: 50 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: 4.S.1, 4.E.3, 4.P.4
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Math: 4.1
The State Museum is offering new observatory classes. This two-part program incorporates the museum’s onsite observatory classroom and the 1926 Alvan Clark 12 3/8 refracting telescope. In this fun and educational activity, students will experience a scale model of the Earth-Moon system, explore basic math concepts and discover the amount of space between the Earth and the Moon.

 

*NEW* Observatory Class: Planet Scale-up!
Duration: 45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. and Thurs. only at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Grades: Fourth grade only
Style: Classroom
Maximum Capacity: 50 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: 4.S.1, 4.E.3
In this program, students will discover the relative sizes of the planets by building a simple model using play dough. They’ll see how big the gas giant planets are compared to the Earth, how much smaller Mercury is compared to Jupiter, and gain insights as to why Pluto is no longer considered a planet. Along the way, students will practice following directions and build motor skills. Safe solar observing (weather permitting) in the museum’s Boeing Observatory is included in this experience.

 


 

FIFTH

Matter Matters
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. through Fri. at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Style: Auditorium
Maximum Capacity: 80 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: 2.S.1, 2.P.3, 3.S.1, 3.P.2; 5.S.1, 5.P.2
In this auditorium-style program, students will demonstrate their knowledge of the physical properties of matter. We will discuss the properties of each major state of matter, the physical reactions that can make them change and what happens to molecules inside each one. Students will also think about the differences between chemical and physical reactions and learn a super cool trick called sublimation.

 

*NEW* Newton’s Noggin’
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. through Fri. at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Style: Classroom
Maximum Capacity: 25 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: 5.S.1, 5.P.5
This hands-on program will demonstrate many factors that affect the motion of an object. The program will explore key ideas in terms of speed, direction and velocity. By exploring the basics of Newton’s Laws of Motion, students will also gain insight into what balanced and unbalanced forces are and just what may have been going on in Newton’s Noggin’.

 


 

SIXTH

*NEW* Critter Classification
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. through Fri. at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Style: Auditorium
Maximum Capacity: 80 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: 6.S.1, 6.L.4
This auditorium-style program will allow students to sink their teeth into living organisms. A variety of questions will be answered, including what is a living organism? Why do owls have such big eyes? And why do snakes like to lie in the road? Students will get a better understanding of the differences between an invertebrate and a vertebrate, how exothermic and endothermic organisms are different and how animals have adapted to better suit their environment. Students will have the chance to observe real animal specimens as they learn.

 

*NEW* Transferring Energy
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. through Fri. at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Style: Classroom
Maximum Capacity: 25 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: 6.S.1, 6.L.4
Students will identify and compare various sources of energy in this hands-on program. They will conduct experiments to determine how energy is conserved as it is transformed from one type to another, and how machines are able to use those different types of energy for many types of work.

 


 

SEVENTH

*NEW* Forming New Bonds
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. through Fri. at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Style: Auditorium
Maximum Capacity: 80 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: 7.S.1, 7.P.2
Students will perform several chemical reactions in order to observe the law of conservation of matter in action. By the time the lesson is over, students will be able to describe ionic and covalent bonds, understand the effects physical and chemical changes have on substances, and discuss the inner workings of pH.

 

*NEW* Living Soil
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. through Fri. at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Style: Classroom
Maximum Capacity: 25 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: 7.L.3, 7.EC.5
Time to get down and dirty as students dig into ground beneath their feet. Students will explore soil profiles and examine the complex ecosystem of soil as they conduct pH tests. They will also analyze soil particles and the organisms that live in it. The lesson will cover how bacteria are not only very helpful, but a necessary part of our soil ecosystem. Students will also get the chance to view tiny organisms using microscopes.

 


 

EIGHTH

*NEW* Gravity Falls
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. through Fri. at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Style: Classroom
Maximum Capacity: 20 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: 8.S.1, 8.P.2
In this hands-on program, students will conduct their own scientific investigation to determine how various forces play a “roll” in motion. While working in a frictionless environment, students will see the impact force can have on the motion and balance of various objects. Students will learn about the gravity of Newton’s three Laws of Motion.

 

Observatory Class: Focal Points
Duration: 45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. and Thurs. at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Grades: Eighth grade only
Style: Classroom
Maximum Capacity: 50 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: 8.S.1, 8.E.4
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Math: 8-5
This two-part program incorporates the museum’s onsite observatory classroom and the 1926 Alvan Clark 12 3/8 refracting telescope. In this hands-on optics class, students will experiment with lenses and key optics concepts such as focal length and focal point. In the process, students will gain experience in making measurements with rulers and using the metric system.