School-Year Visits (October-June)
Are you ready to give your students an exciting field trip adventure? Then please consider a trip to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. We are now booking for the 2012-13 school year! School visits start October 15, 2012.
We offer several school visit experiences for your students, no matter what their grade or interest level:
- A 90-minute theater experience which includes a pre-show demonstration, a multi-media planetarium show of your choice, and time to explore the exhibits. These experiences begin at 9 AM, 10 AM, 11 AM and noon Wednesday-Friday. Theater seats 103.
- A 90-minute exhibit experience. These interactive, hands-on experiences foster critical thinking, teamwork, and problem solving while targeting multi-disciplinary skills. Each experience relates to one of our new exhibits and goes more in depth providing hands-on experiences students are sure to enjoy! These experiences begin at 9:15 AM and 11:15 AM Wednesday-Friday. 100 students per experience max. Two week advance registration required.
The cost for your school visit experience is $5 per student.
One free Chaperone for each 10 students.
Additional Adults are $5 each.
At least 10 participants or a minimum of $50 is required to book a school visit.
You can book more than one experience during your visit! Additional experiences are an additional $3 per student and additional adult.
Time: please be on time! We have a lot to accomplish together during your field trip. We often book several groups at a time, so arriving late will shorten your students' program and may disrupt other schools' programs.
Buses: please follow the signs to the School Entrance. After dropping off passengers, the buses can then park in the bus spaces along the road at the rear of our parking lot.
Lunch: if you plan to eat lunch here, please have your students and chaperones bring bag lunches. Your group can gather for lunch outdoors at our picnic tables on nice days, and in the Unitil Program Center when the weather is less cooperative! Your lunch schedule is based on your program time:
9 AM experience - lunch from 10:30-11 AM
9:15 AM experience - lunch from 11-11:30 AM
10 AM experience - lunch from 11:30 AM-12 PM
11 AM experience - lunch from 12:30-1 PM
11:15 AM experience - lunch from 1-1:30 PM
12 PM experience* - lunch from 12-12:25 PM
* Note: students for the noon experience must arrive by 11:30 AM.
Chaperones: One chaperone is required for every ten students. We expect the chaperones to play an active role in supervising the students. Please let the chaperones know their role before the trip. Your students will get the most out of their field trip if they are in an environment that encourages learning. Please assign each chaperone ten students to supervise and ensure that the chaperone stays with his/her students throughout the visit, and plan for chaperones to file in and sit among your students in the theater. Older students cannot be chaperones.
Science Store: Visit the Northeast Delta Dental Science Store and plan time to shop while you are here. We stock items in all price ranges, including pencils, glow-in-the-dark stars, astronaut ice cream and books on the planets, and we are particularly sensitive to the needs of students on field trips with limited money. For your convenience, after making purchases, students can sign their name on their bags and we can store them in a box for you until you return to the bus. Revenues from the Science Store support the offerings of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center.
Thank you for partnering with us to make a great visit!