For 3rd grade and up.

AVAILABILITYTUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS ONLY!
January 14 to May 20, 2020.
TIMES10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
COST$11 per person
PLEASE NOTE:This program requires a minimum of 15 paid participants. One free adult chaperone is required for every ten students. Additional adults will be charged the program fee and the parking fee. No other discounts, including SLSC membership discounts, apply to field trip package prices. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your program start time as programs begin promptly at 10am. Doors open at 9:30am. Field trip schedule subject to change in order to better coordinate program components.

Schedule: Program (10:00 AM), Dream Big in OMNIMAX® Theater (11:00 AM), Lunch (11:45 AM), Explore (12:15 PM)
Choose One of the Following:

  • Enjoy a private Educational Program, Rube Goldberg – max 35 students, 1 hr
    Flipping a switch is usually an easy task, but can you build a machine to flip that switch for you? In this program, students will work hand in hand with Science Center staff to create a fully-functional Rube Goldberg machine. These complicated contraptions use dominoes, ramps, levers, marbles and more to solve an otherwise simple task in an effort to better understand energy transfers and engineering! What sort of machine will your students design?
  • NEW! – Enjoy a private Educational Program, Earthquake Challenge – max 20 students, 1 hr
    Flipping a switch is usually an easy task, but can you build a machine to flip that switch for you? In this program, students will work hand in hand with Science Center staff to create a fully-functional Rube Goldberg machine. These complicated contraptions use dominoes, ramps, levers, marbles and more to solve an otherwise simple task in an effort to better understand energy transfers and engineering! What sort of machine will your students design?

Watch MacGillivray Freeman’s Dream Big in the OMNIMAX® Theater 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

All around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative and amazing ways. Dream Big will take viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds and a solar car race across Australia. Along the way the audience will witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow.

Lunch – 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Lunch may be purchased starting at $6 per student and $9.50 for adults, or you can bring your own.

Explore Our Makerspace Gallery 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

The Science Center’s Makerspace is an interactive, community-oriented space where you can create and learn skills using a variety of tools and materials! Use your own creativity as you explore science, technology and engineering principles! Get inspired to be a maker!

Pre and post-visit activities

Learning Goals (for field trip and pre/post-activities)

Dream Big is an engineering field trip package designed for students in 3rd through 12th grade.

Through pre-visit, field trip, and post-visit activities, students will:

  1. Follow and understand the scientific/creative process.
  2. Create knowledge through tactile engagement and making.
  3. Stimulate creativity and cultivate interest in engineering and inventive fields.
  4. Foster collaboration, communication and teambuilding amongst peers and facilitators, to encourage community.
  5. Encourage students to participate in learning to support lifelong mission of erudition.
  6. Work collaboratively with peers on a design project.
Standards Addressed
Missouri Learning Standards, Science
  • MS-ETS1-1: Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
  • MS-ETS1-2: Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
  • ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions. There are systematic processes for evaluating solutions with respect to how well they meet the criteria and constraints of a problem.
  • MS-ETS1-4: Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.
Common Core Standards
  • 6-8-PS2-1: Apply physics principles to design a solution that minimizes the force of an object during a collision and develop an evaluation of the solution.
  • 6-8-PS2-2: Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.
  • 6-8-PS3-2: Develop a model to describe that when the arrangement of objects interacting at a distance changes, different amounts of potential energy are stored in the system.
  • 6-8-PS3-5: Construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object.
Pre-visit Activities

Before coming to the Science Center, consider doing some of the following activities to prepare your class for the field trip.

  • Watch the film trailer

    • Have a class discussion about what students know about engineering, teamwork, and creative problem solving
  • Make Mini Rube Goldberg:
    • Provide Definition and Context:
      • A Rube Goldberg Machine is complicated machine that completes a simple task. This notion was first thought of by a man named Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg, an American cartoonist, who would draw these detailed contraptions for newspapers in the early 1900’s.
      • Build a contraption out of 10 or more school supplies to turn a page in a book.
      • Break students into equal groups and create machines.
  • Draw a Rube Goldberg Machine:
    • Students work independently to illustrate a functional Rube Goldberg and label energy transfers/Newton’s Laws.
    • Create simple tasks to accomplish and assign to students. This approach will allow the students to think backwards through the design process.
    • Have students label areas of energy stores, energy transfers, and or Newton’s Laws.
    • Students are encouraged to share projects to the class.
Post-visit Activities

After your field trip, remember your experience and extend the learning by submitting a Rube
Goldberg Video.

  • Create an EPIC Classroom Rube Goldberg and submit video to be featured on SLSC’s social
    media.

    • Needed Materials: Anything and everything from the classroom to create the machine and a phone or camera
    • Create the device and record
    • Submit video to: Trent.Smith@slsc.org

Bus parking is free – cars are $10 per vehicle, free parking for required chaperones.
NOTE: Reservations are required at least 2 weeks in advance and we must receive payment 10 days prior to your scheduled field trip. Last minute additions to student or chaperone tickets must be made the day before arrival.

Download a PDF copy of the agenda

Download a PDF copy of the Pre and Post visit activities

Cancellation policy: Payment is required 10 days prior to your scheduled field trip. Cancellation after that time period will result in forfeiture of the full activity amount. SLSC may cancel the program with at least one-week prior notice, in which case SLSC will promptly refund the amount previously paid and your organization will be relieved of any payment obligation. SLSC shall however, in no event, be responsible for any loss incurred by your organization other than the program payments received.

To register for this field trip package contact us by phone at 314.289.4439, email atemail us or fill out the form below.

Plan Ahead

All groups should also be aware of our Group Policies, and should print, fill out out and bring our Group Policies Acknowledgement form. For more information, contact Group Sales by phone at 1.314.289.4424, or at groupvisits@slsc.org.