For 3rd grade and up.

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 and can serve a maximum of 50 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.


Enjoy a STEM Performance at our Energy Stage, Stormy Weather 10:00 AM – 10:30am

Your group will enjoy the STEM Performance, Stormy Weather, at our Energy Stage, which is an interactive science performance
that illustrates the scientific principles involved in the formation of a storm cloud, lightning, thunder and other weather phenomena.

Watch National Geographic’s Extreme Weather in the OMNIMAX® Theater – 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Weather has always been one of the most dynamic and complex forces shaping our planet, but now it’s intensifying in varied and complex ways. Extreme Weather takes us to the frontlines where few have gone.


Lunch – 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Lunch may be purchased starting at $6 per student and $10.50 for adults, or you can bring your own.

Experience our GROW Gallery Approximately – 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

Students will explore the GROW Gallery; including the Pavilion and outdoor area. Participants can examine weather collection stations, experience interactive exhibits with an agriculture focus, and even explore large farm equipment like combines and tractors. See how weather and farming go hand in hand through this self-directed, exhibit learning experience.

Pre and post-visit activities

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

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

  1. Learn the difference between weather and climate.
  2. Identify the criteria and conditions for weather to occur.
  3. Experience how atmospheric processes like convection result in the creation of clouds, lightning, and thunder.
  4. Identify the causes and effects of climate change and extreme weather.
  5. Learn how climate change and extreme weather impacts farming and food production.
  6. Explore how technology and innovation can address the impacts of climate change on
    agriculture and food production.
Standards Addressed
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • Elementary Standards: 3-ESS3-1, 3-LS4-4, 4-ESS3-1, 5-ESS3-1, 5-ESS2-1
  • Middle School Standards: MS-ESS2-5, MS- ESS3 (all)
  • High School Standards: HS- ESS3-6, HS-ESS2-6, HS-LS2-5
Pre-visit Activities

Before bringing students to the Science Center, you may want to try some of the following activities to activate prior knowledge and prepare them for their field trip. Activities can be adjusted for grade level.

  1. Have the students watch the news, read newspapers or magazines, or search the internet for current examples of natural disasters and extreme weather. Discuss the causes of these extreme weather events and the impacts of the events on people, businesses, agriculture, and the environment.
  2. Define the following terms and describe how each is connected to extreme weather: climate, weather, convection, tornado, hurricane, blizzard, dust storm, drought, wildfire, glacier & climate change.
  3. Create a Venn diagram displaying the similarities and differences between weather and climate.
  4. Explore how human activity impacts the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. Have students create an energy journal where they monitor their energy use for a day or week and then help students brainstorm ways that they could minimize their energy use.
Post-visit Activities

Extend and enhance your Science Center experience by trying some of the following activities and
lessons at school. Activities and lessons can be adjusted for grade level.

  1. Play the Smithsonian Institute’s soil interactive game to explore how farming practices like tilling and fertilizer application are connected to greenhouse gas emissions and productive crop yields. Adobe Flash required.
  2. Dinosaur Breath Activity: Students learn about the geological carbon cycle, investigate the role of dinosaurs in the carbon cycle and the eventual storage of carbon in the form of chalk. The experiment uses chalk and vinegar to demonstrate the storage and release of carbon.
  3. Have students investigate and record their own carbon footprint, using this carbon calculator: Create a plan for reducing your classroom carbon footprint. Ideas include: Bike or walk to school day, creating a composting program, planting more trees, etc.
  4. Play the Greenhouse Gas Game to help students learn about the heat trapping properties of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.
  5. Have students research the technology covered in the program: weather stations, agricultural robots, agricultural drones, and genetically modified plants. Encourage students to creatively brainstorm new technological inventions for climate change mitigation.
  • Tornadoes! by Gail Gibbons. Ages 6-9
  • Wildfires by Seymour Simon. Ages 6-10
  • Inside Tornadoes by Mary Kay Carson. Ages 8-12
  • What is Climate Change? By Gail Herman. Ages 8-12
  • Extreme Weather: Surviving Tornadoes, Sandstorms, Hailstorms, Blizzards, Hurricanes, and More! by Thomas M. Kostigen. Ages 8-12
  • In the Shadow of Melting Glaciers: Climate Change and Andean Society by Mark Carey
  • A Kid’s Guide to Climate Change and Global Warming: How to Take Action! by Cathryn Berger Kaye. Ages 10+

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 make a reservation please call 314.289.4439, email us or fill out the form below to get started.

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