Planning a School Field Trip

Entertainment Centers tend to be a great place for a field trip in the eyes of a child, however from a teacher and parent’s perspectives planning a field trip involves a lot more than just picking a fun place!

Students reverse engineer a roller skate.

Many school districts have guidelines that require an educational component during a field trip. Finding a place that will not only be fun, but will satisfy this requirement is sometimes challenging. Many places offer an “educational” field trip, but you want to make sure it aligns with what you are teaching at the time of the trip. Field trips are a great opportunity for students to see how the material they are learning in the classroom is actually applied in the real world.

Obviously another important aspect when planning a field trip is safety. This is probably the biggest concern for teachers and for parents when signing the permission slips. Is the destination open to the public during the field trip? If so, how are your students separated from the general public? Is it easy to oversee your students in the space? If the set up of the destination isn’t ideal, you may need to consider a higher chaperone to student ratio.

Students enjoy skating after the STEM activities.

Are the students going to enjoy the trip?! We all know how bored children act. You want to make sure the field trip covers the educational aspect but also is a fun time for your students. Having the right balance of fun and learning not only makes the students more apt to retain what they have learned on the trip but also cuts down on behavior issues that occur when students become bored.

Having hangry kids is never a good thing! When choosing a location you’ll want to consider the food and beverage offerings. Is there easy access to drinking water? Are lunches allowed to be brought in? Are affordable lunch options available? And what about students with food allergies – is there a plan in place for them?

Price points can also be a huge obstacle. Many schools have an assortment of income level families. You don’t want to exclude any students due to the cost of the trip. Some venues offer different packages to choose from, while others have just a set fee. Some places have price breaks based on the number of students attending as well. And if that’s the case, consider bringing another class or grade with you in order to hit the next bracket.

Planning a successful field trip can be a lot of work but can come with great reward! When students are able to learn something and come away stating “that was the best trip ever!” you know you chose well!

For more information on our STEM/STEAM field trips click here. We also offer non-educational field trips that are an excellent mix of fun and physical activity! Many schools use this option for end of year parties or as a reward for students.

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