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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
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.
Grades 1 – 3
Tall Scientific Tales
NEW 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.
Intro to Engineering Show
This show incorporates the effect of gravity upon structures, balancing of forces, and encourages the usage of descriptive language useful science, math, and engineering. 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
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.
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
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
NEW 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.
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. Themed field trips cost $8 per student. 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.
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.