Field Trips for 5th and 6th Graders

Plan a Field Trip

The Space Center can handle 2 groups/classes each day for a total of 80 students.  While one group is in the simulators the other participates in a planetarium and science presentation.

  • 2 Simulators: 15-25 students $140  / 30-50 students $280 (2 Groups)
  • 3 Simulators: 22-32 students $160  / 44-64 students $320 (2 Groups)
  • 4 Simulators: 27-40 students $200  / 54-80 students $400 (2 Groups)

Please plan for possible growth in class sizes.  If projected class sizes put you around 80 students you might need to attend on multiple days.  Plan carefully as spots are limited.

Due to uncertain construction timelines we are unable to schedule field trips in April and May of 2020 until closer to January.  Click to be added to a waitlist to be notified when those openings are available.

TEACHERS – Field Trip Preparations

Required Preparation

Suggestions for Success

  • Check out our additional TEACHER RESOURCES and lessons. As an example we have created an Officer’s Log activity that has briefing resources and career exploration activities that students can complete at home.
  • VERIFY CORRECT DIRECTIONS TO OUR SCHOOL95 North 400 East, P.G. Many bus drivers are familiar with our location, but be assertive that YOU know the way so you don’t lose valuable time.
  • AMBASSADOR LETTERS – These documents can be printed and given to the Ambassador or Captain of each ship before attending. These documents provide more of the background story that will help them to perform their position.
  • REVIEW APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR & EXPECTATIONS before leaving your school.
  • BOARDING PASSES READY & LUNCHES IN BIG BOXES, not individually held by students or in backpacks. Some teachers pass out the Alpha group’s Boarding Pass a few minutes before the bus unloads.
  • UNPLANNED ABSENT STUDENTS – You can rearrange positions, and as a general rule the positions at the bottom of the Magellan list are easiest to do without. Keep the smaller ships filled.
  • HAVE STUDENTS USE RESTROOMS and wash their hands before lining up to board the bus. We will still take a break when you arrive, but it will go faster if most have already gone.
Teacher Resources
Dear Teachers,

We’ve prepared several engaging labs, centered in the State CORE, which are connected to the ULTIMA MYSTERY #1 lesson that we have been doing this year at the Space Center. If your class has not come on a field trip this year, we have included MYSTERY #1. For your convenience, the resources are available in the link above. Simply download the lesson, make copies for your class, and have fun flying into space!

Frequently Asked Questions

Which ship is wheelchair accessible?

The USS Odyssey has desks that are designed to accommodate a wheelchair.

Which positions should I assign ELL students, and those with learning disabilities or other challenges?

The Magellan is best suited to help in those situation as it has extra staff.  Look for the positions that have two people performing them such as Communications, Security, or Damage Control.  That way they can be paired with another student that can assist.

How is payment handled?

Reservations can initially be made without payment.  Payments for field trips will be processed in September for those scheduled in Aug-Dec and then in December for those attending Jan-June.  Please have your billing information up to date in our system by that time so that it can be processed.  Inform your secretaries and pass on all receipts promptly.

How many teachers and parents can come?

Each group (Alpha/Bravo) needs to have a teacher in charge and with the group at all times.  Additional adults can attend with 1 per registered simulator.  So if your reservation is for 2 Groups with 3 simulators each that means 2 teachers and 4 other adults could accompany.  These adults should be instructed to help maintain appropriate behavior.

When should I hand out any flyers we have been given?

We appreciate your help in promoting our program. The best time to hand them out is as they get off the bus to go home on the day of your field trip or the very next day.  An email home to parents is also extremely beneficial to our program.  Thank you!