School Field Trips | Pensacola MESS Hall

School Field Trips

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A field trip to the MESS Hall includes the opportunity for your students to explore the variety of different exhibits at our facility. These exhibits include wind tubes, river table, marble run, duck in kaleidoscope, nature room, and keva planks, among others. These exhibits touch on many standards and most allow open ended exploration. In addition, for each field trip, we set up several hands on activities that engage the students more in depth. These activities are determined by the type of field trip you choose. MESS Hall field trips are designed to

  • Immerse visitors in learning through hands-on experiences
  • Support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education
  • Enhance cognitive, physical, social and emotional development
  • Reinforce newly acquired skills
  • Extend classroom learning
  • Foster individual learning styles

Types of trips

Grade level field trips

Hands on stations for grade level field trips are aligned with the grade level standards and cover a variety of different topics. Grades 1-5

Themed Field Trips

Themed field trips begin with an engaging presentation to highlight key science concepts. Hands-on stations set out in the exhibit area reinforce the science in the show. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the other exhibits.

It’s Electric!
How are magnetism and electricity related? Investigate which materials are magnetic, which are conductive. Build series and parallel circuits, and see sparks fly through a demonstration of static electricity. SC.4.P.10.2, SC.4.P.8.1, SC.4.P.8.4, SC.5.P.10.1, SC.5.P.10.2, SC.5.P.10.3, SC.5.P.10.4, SC.5.P.11.1, SC.5.P.11.2

Air Show
We are surrounded by air, but we rarely give it a second thought. However, air is powerful, causing motion, weather, and even influencing biology. Build things that fly and spin, and imitate nature by using the power of air for your own means. SC.3.E.5.4, SC.3.P.10.2, SC.4.P.10.4, SC.4.P.12.1, SC.5.P.10.2, SC.5.P.13.1, SC.5.P.13.2, SC.5.P.13.3, SC.5.P.13.4, SC.5.P.8.1, SC.3.N.1.2, SC.4.N.1.3, SC.4.N.1.8, SC.4.P.8.1, SC.5.N.1.3, SC.5.N.1.5, SC.5.P.13.4, SC.5.P.13.3, SC.4.L.16.3, SC.4.N.3.1, SC.5.L.17.1, SC.3.L.14.1, SC.4.L.16.1, SC.5.L.17.1.

Robot Show
Robotics is more than just programming computers. Learn the physical and biological properties that roboticists exploit to make robust and efficient robots. SC.5.L.14.1, SC.3.N.3.2, SC.3.N.3.3, SC.4.N.1.8, SC.4.N.2.1, SC.5.P.13.1, SC.5.P.10.2, SC.5.P.13.4, SC.5.P.10.4, SC.35.CS-CP.2.3, SC.35.CS-CP.2.4, SC.6.L.14.5, SC.6.P.13.3, SC.6.N.1.5, SC.6.N.3.4, SC.68.CS-CP.2.2, SC.68.CS-CP.2.3

Intro to Engineering
Take the challenge! Build the tallest structure you can. Investigate balanced and unbalanced forces through a variety of construction techniques. MAFS.1.OA.1.1, MAFS.3.OA.1.3, SC.1.P.13.1, SC.1.P.8.1, SC.2.P.13.1, SC.2.P.13.3, SC.2.P.13.4, SC.3.P.8.3, SC.1.N.1.1, SC.2.N.1.1, SC.2.N.1.2, SC.2.N.1.6, SC.K2.CS-CP.2.3, SC.3.N.1.1, SC.3.N.1.2, SC.3.N.1.4, SC.3.N.1.6, SC.3.N.3.2

Block by Block
Recognize patterns and experiment with mathematics. Explore exponential growth, estimation, and experimental error. MAFS.K12.MP.1.1, MAFS.K12.MP.2.1, MAFS.K12.MP.4.1, MAFS.K12.MP.6.1, MAFS.K12.MP.7.1, MAFS.K12.MP.8.1


Engaged chaperones are critical to successful learning during the trip. They guide the students to the stations and assist the students with the activities. The MESS Hall requires 1 chaperone for every 5 children for grades 1 and 2, for every 10 children grades 3 and up.

Times and Cost

Field trips are scheduled to begin at 10 AM. Grade level trips are $6 per student and last 1 1/2 hours. Themed field trips cost $8 per student and last 2 hrs. Chaperones are free.


Grade level trips can accommodate up to 70 learners. Themed field trips can accommodate up to 50 students. Multiple smaller groups may be booked at the same time.

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