Whether you're a home school parent, a home school group, or a K-8 teacher, Discovery Cube LA has a grade-specific science based field trip program that will compliment your current curriculum.
Best of all, students that participating in any Cube field trip or educator program will receive a FREE general admission ticket to visit Discovery Cube anytime in the next year, all for as low as $5 per student.
Take an Educational, Science Based Field Trip to Discovery Cube LA
As a home school parent I'm always looking for real-life, hands on experiences to support our class curriculum. An experience that is above and beyond the text-book because if our kids are anything like me, they learn best by doing.
That is exactly what Discovery Cube LA is about. Inspiring and educating young minds through science-based exhibits to create a meaningful impact. A meaningful impact that they will take with them beyond the walls of the Cube. A meaningful impact they will take with them into their communities to help others.
This past week, we took a trip to the Cube to participate in a field trip with other local students to dig deep and learn all we can about dinosaurs, bees, and electrical circuits. But as you'll see, a trip to Discovery Cube LA is about so much more than just a field trips.
To kick off our field trip to Discovery Cube LA, we joined a group of mixed-grade (more than one grade combined) students for a thrilling game of Dino Jeopardy, an interactive game every student loved. The questions covered a variety of fun and interesting dino facts kids loved.
Like, this question. ‘Scientists officially changed the name of ‘Brontosaurus' to ‘Apatosaurus' in:
- Never, its real name is ‘Brontosaurus.'
Do you know the answer? I didn't either.
After Dino Jeapordy was over it was time to visit two hands-on stations, the Buzzy Bees and Electric Circuits.
Buzzy Bees is a hand-on workshop where students investigate the fascinating world of insects. Students will look at the external body parts of bees while discovering some of their amazing adaptations.
After the workshop concludes students have the opportunity to construct a fun, take-home buzzing bee toy which helps students understand how the bees wings make noise. Hint, it's all about the wings beating against the air. And did you know the smaller the wings the higher the pitch the sound is? It is!
The Electric Circuits workshop will get students charged up and electric! Students will design and build working circuits using components such as wires, batteries, bulbs, and speakers. This was one of our children's favorite workshops of the day!
In addition to the workshops above, Discovery Cube LA offers a variety of grade-specific workshops for you to choose from when booking a field trip including:
- Diary of a Worm (grades K, 1)
- Cow Eye Dissection (grades 3, 5, 7)
- Electric Motors (grade 4)
- Forces and Motion (grade 2)
- Fossils (grade 2,3)
- Glowing, Growing Polymers (grade 5)
- Owls are a Hoot (grades 1,4)
- Pig Heart Dissection (grade 5)
- Science Rocks! (grade 2)
- Starlab Planetarium (grades 2-8).
If you have a larger group that you need to accommodate, anywhere from 15-150 students, you can schedule Science To Go. This assembly format program is perfect for in-school, after school, summer groups, and home school groups. The following workshops are available with this program:
- Super Cool (grade 5)
- Bubbles (grades K,1)
- Pushing & Pulling Forces (grades 2, 3, 8)
- Reaction Lab (grades 5, 6, 8)
- Watt's Current (grades 3, 4, 8).
You can even get a jump on the Next Generation Science Standards with the Cube's 1 1/2 hour programs designed specifically for 3rd – 6th grades. These new programs include:
- Build a Nest (grades 3-6)
- Land Yacht (grades 3-6)
- Structures (grades 3-6)
For a complete list of Discovery Cube LA's education programs available, visit DiscoverCube.org/la/fieldtrips/
After the presentation…
After the presentation and workshops, students have the opportunity to explore the Cube in a hands-on, learn as you go environment. Groups of students are encouraged to visit as many of the exhibits as possible as they learn about earth science, life science, and physical science. A few of the exhibits students can explore are:
Inspector Training Course – A competitive scavenger-hunt game which takes students inside a California home and puts them to the test!
The Planetary Research Center – Explore weather patterns, observe historic storms and relive catastrophic earthquakes.
The Aquavator – Descend deep into the earth’s crust in a specialized elevator and view the geological layers while learning the science behind underground water aquifers.
Race to Zero Waste – Race against others to correctly sort recyclables and other waste to divert trash from our landfills.
Park Science – Explore Discovery Cube’s own backyard by taking a virtual trek through the Hansen Dam Recreation Area, withstanding 70 mph Santa Ana winds, or climbing a rock wall.
Make Discovery Cube LA your next destination for a school/homeschool class! To make your trip everything you want it to be, you can also bundle programs together to create the perfect trip for you group or class.
To find out which programs are available in your area, call 866-552-CUBE (2823), or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Discovery Cube LA
Discovery Cube LA is located at 11800 Foothill Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91342. To learn more about Discovery Cube LA, their location and hours, and their current events, visit http://www.discoverycube.org/la/.
We were invited by Discovery Cube LA to be an official Discovery Cube Mom Ambassador. Portions of the material and expenses for this event have been provided courtesy of Discovery Cube LA. All opinions are our own.