In-School Field Trips

Kidzu offers STEM, Outdoor Learning, and our traditional focused field trips as In-School Field Trip options!

Pricing:

  • 1-15 students: $8/student
  • 16-40 students: $7/student
  • 41+ students: $6/student
  • Kidzu Facilitator(s): $20 flat rate within the Chapel Hill-Durham area. Please contact programs@kidzuchildrensmuseum.org for schools outside of this area. 

To schedule an In-School Field Trip, please complete this interest form, and a member of our Programs Team will be in touch within 2 business days. You may also contact our programs team directly at programs@kidzuchildrensmuseum.org.

STEM In-School Field Trips

Our In-School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Field Trips provide curricularly-aligned activities to engage and excite students in a selection of grade-aligned science topics. Each In-School STEM Field Trip includes a complete introduction to the topic, 3 different station-based activities, and a take-home activity for learners to enjoy.

STEM In-School Field Trips Available:

Explore robotics and computer programming with engaging, hands-on activities! Children will investigate what makes computers and robots special, while interacting with real robots and learning how to communicate with these types of technology.

NC Foundations/Computer Science Standards: CD-2, CD-3, CD-11, CD-12, CD-13, APL-5, APL-6, K2-CS-02, K2-CS-03, K2-CS-04, K2-NI-01, K2-DA-04, K2-AP-02, K2-AP-03, K2-AP-04, K2-AP-05, K2-AP-07, K2-AP-08

What causes the weather we observe all around us? Participants will get to explore weather tools and perform experiments to dive deeper into the science behind the weather patterns we see and experience every day.

NC Standard Course of Study: K.E.1, K.E.1.1, 2.E.1, 2.E.1.1, 2.E.1.2, 2.E.1.3, 2.E.1.4

What are the 4 forces of flight and how do they allow airplanes and helicopters to fly through the air? Participants will get to create airplane launchers, paper helicopters, and use Kidzu’s wind tunnels to put their own “flying machines” to the test.

NC Standard Course of Study: 1.P.1, 1.P.1.1, 1.P.1.3, 3.P.1, 3.P.1.1, 3.P.1.2, 3.P.1.3

Learn about the life cycles of flowering plants, insects, and amphibians! Participants will experience the progression of these life cycle stages through a bean plant experiment, frog craft, and creation of a handheld learning tool explaining the ladybug life cycle.

NC Standard Course of Study: 2.L.1, 2.L.1.1, 2.L.1.2

What is matter and how do we study it like scientists? Participants will investigate chemical change, distinguish between the states of matter, and learn about the properties of various materials.

NC Standard Course of Study: 2.P.2, 3.P.2, 3.P.2.2

Learn how computers solve problems through algorithms created by computer programmers! By interacting with one of Kidzu’s favorite robots, Cubetto, and writing algorithms in small groups and for friends, participants will gain insight into how computers process information and reach goals.

NC Computer Science Standards: 35-AP-01, 35-AP-02, 35-AP-03, 35-AP-04, 35-AP-05, 35-AP-06, 35-AP-10, 35-AP-11, 35-AP-12

Discover how we generate electricity, how it travels to our homes and schools, and how we transform it to be useful in our daily lives. Participants will experiment with static electricity, create live circuits, and investigate conductive and insulating materials. 

NC Standard Course of Study: 3.P.3, 3.P.3.1, 3.P.3.2, 4.P.2.1

Learn about Newton’s laws of motion and how we experience these laws in our everyday lives. Participants will investigate Newton’s 3 laws through an inertia experiment, using catapults, and participating in balloon races!

NC Standard Course of Study: 3.P.1, 3.P.1.1, 3.P.1.2, 3.P.1.3, 5.P.1, 5.P.1.1, 5.P.1.2, 5.P.1.4

Take a deep dive into energy and renewable energy resources! Participants will build their own electric motors, mini wind turbines, and solar ovens to investigate how energy can be harnessed to power our lives. 

NC Standard Course of Study: 6.P.3, 6.P.3.3, 7.P.2, 8.P.2, 8.P.2.1, 8.P.2.2

How do computer programmers communicate with machinery through code? To answer this question, participants will try out computers’ binary language, solve game theory riddles, experiment with robotics, and use code to direct friends’ actions.

NC Computer Science Standards: 68-CS-01, 68-AP-03, 68-AP-04, 68-AP-07, 68-AP-10, 68-AP-12, 68-IC-04, 68-IC-05, 68-IC-06

Gain hands-on experience with engineering in the medical field. Learn how prosthetic limbs are designed and help their users, experience how engineering plays a part in medicine we use regularly, and consider how biomedical engineering can help us keep our bodies safe.

NC Standard Course of Study: 7.L.1, 7.L.1.4, 8.L.2, 8.L.2.1

Outdoor Learning In-School Field Trips

Kidzu’s 4 In-School Outdoor Learning Field Trips include grade-specific, curricularly aligned STEM activities designed to be done outdoors. Each Outdoor Learning In-School Field Trip has multiple activities aligned to different grade levels. Our programs team is always available to help modify the activities to fit the needs of your class.

Outdoor Learning In-School Field Trips Available:

How do honeybees communicate with one another? Where do honeybees get their food? Why do honeybees build their hives using hexagon shapes? Learn the answers to these questions and more about the fascinating lives of hardworking honeybees! 

NC Foundations: Cognitive Development, Approaches to Play and Learning, and Language Development and Communication, NC Standard Course of Study: K.P.1, K.P.2, K.L.1, 1.L.1, 1.L.2

Explore planet Earth from the sky all the way down to dirt in the ground! Participants will learn about and observe clouds, collect weather data, and experiment with worms and soil to gain an understanding of our planet’s patterns and ecosystems. 

NC Foundations: APL-1, LDC-2, LDC-8, LDC-9, CD-1, CD-14, CD -15

NC Standard Course of Study: K.E.1, K.E.1.1, K.E.1.2, K.E.1.3, 1.L.1, 1.L.1.1, 1.L.1.2, 1.L.1.3, 2.E.1, 2.E.1.2, 2.E.1.4

Explore the concepts of forces and motion through fairy rings, handmade bird gliders, and sound! Participants will practice positional language and movement, discuss the science behind flying objects, and play with boom whackers to learn about pitch and volume. 

NC Foundations: CD-4, CD-5, CD-10, CD-11, CD-14, CD-15

NC Standard Course of Study: K.P.1, K.P.1.1, K.P.1.2, 1.P.1, 1.P.1.3, 2.P.1, 2.P.1.1, 2.P.1.2

Enjoy the stories The Big Book of Bugs, Amazing Bees, and A Butterfly is Patient to learn about the lives of living organisms. Then, participants will hunt for bugs in the garden, learn about insect life cycles, and compare butterflies and moths.

NC Foundations: CD-5, CD-10, CD-11, CD-14, CD-15, APL-1, APL-2

NC Standard Course of Study: K.L.1, K.L.1.1, 2.L.2.1, 2.L.2.2