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A field trip to the MESS Hall includes the opportunity for your students to explore students explore a variety of hands on math, science and engineering stations and exhibits where they get to act like a scientist and make their own discoveries and engineering their own designs and test them out. These exhibits touch on many standards and most allow open ended exploration. These activities are determined by the type of field trip you choose. MESS Hall field trips are designed to
Below we highlight the general descriptions of the trips. Have more questions? See our FAQ.
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 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.
- Cost: $8/student, with a minimum of $250. Chaperones are free.
- Time: 10 – 11:30 am.
- Capacity: up to 60 students/trip
Themes field trips for 2018/2019
- Grade 1 Theme – Intro to Engineering
- Grade 2 Theme – Tall Scientific Tales
- Grade 3 Theme – How to Measure a Song
- Grade 4 Theme – Air Show
- Grade 4 Theme – Engineering 101
- Grade 5 Theme – Robotics Unplugged
- Grade 5 Theme – Double Trouble
Description for Themed field trips below:
Grade 1 – Intro to Engineering
This interactive show allows participants so balance forces while building a tall structure and encourages the use of descriptive language in math, engineering and science.
Grade 2 – Tall Scientific Tales
Science is everywhere, and scientists like to tell stories. Explore the role narrative can play while helping your young scientists find the stories of science. Cross-curricular activities connect to children’s literature and explore the role narrative can play while helping your young scientists find the stories of science.
Grade 3 – How to Measure a Song
Inch your way along with the MESS Hall performers as they engage students with an interactive show about the seemingly weighty subject of measurement. Hands on stations turn up the volume, and time will fly by as students analyze multiple ways of measuring.
Grade 4 – 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.
Grade 4 – Engineering 101
There’s more to engineering that counteracting the force of gravity. Let our students build on their knowledge of balancing forces while learning about the engineering.
Grade 5 – Robotics Unplugged
Robotics is more than just programming computers. Learn the physical and biological properties that roboticists exploit to make robust and efficient robots.
Grade 5 – Double Trouble
Recognize patterns and experiment with mathematics. Explore exponential growth, estimation, and experimental error.
If a cancellation occurs less than 14 calendar days before the field trip is scheduled, a $25 fee will be assessed for each day your trip was scheduled. If a cancellation occurs less than 10 calendar days before the field trip is scheduled, a $50/day fee will be assessed.
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.
Field trips are scheduled to begin at 10 AM and last for 1 1/2 hours. Grade level trips are $6 per student (minimum of 34 students/$200). Themed field trips cost $8 per student (minimum of 32 students/$250). Chaperones are free.
Grade level trips can accommodate up to 60 learners. Themed field trips can accommodate up to 60 students. Multiple smaller groups may be booked at the same time.
The Pensacola MESS Hall facility is fully wheelchair accessible. Many activities are suitable for visitors with a variety of disabilities. Our staff will work with your group to determine any ways we can assist you. Examples include choosing activities suitable for visually or hearing impaired.