Field Trips & Curriculum Guides
Field Trips are the best way to fully explore all that Imagination Station has to offer. All of our educational programming is aligned with state standards in both Ohio and Michigan, making us a valuable asset to educators for meeting their necessary benchmarks. Schools don’t often have the flexibility of time, equipment and/or consumables to facilitate hands-on experiments in the classroom, however valuable the experience. That’s why many turn to Imagination Station as a partner in their students’ education. Our merging of educational styles, formal and informal, helps to drive home the concepts that teachers are teaching inside the classroom. The best part is that students love to visit, so we are a welcome escape from the classroom for both students and teachers. Shhh…don’t tell your students, but by the time they leave Imagination Station, they’ll have learned something and had fun in the process!
With the assistance of our Teacher Advisory Group, made up of educators from around the area, we’ve designed Exhibit Guides to assist teachers and their chaperones in identifying and facilitating activities throughout their visit. We made sure that those activities align with what they are teaching in the classroom and to state standards.
Curriculum Guides are available to download from our website prior to your visit (or can be mailed upon reservation). Each Guide includes Tips for Teachers and Chaperones, Activity Sheets and Data Recording Pages, as well as a Post-Activity to take back to your classroom.
Field Trips Advice
Making Field Trips Work; Strategies for creating an effective learning experience. By James Kisiel
The field trip is probably one of the most common out-of-classroom learning experiences students encounter. Teachers provide these experiences for a variety of reasons including motivation, exposure, and even as a reward, especially after weeks of standardized testing. Read more…
Tips From The Field; Advice from museum experts on making the most of field trips. By Rachel Connolly, Meghan Groome, Keith Sheppard & Nick Stroud
Field trips are opportunities to experience science in settings beyond the classroom. Much educational research has focused on effective ways of designing and planning field trips for optimal impact on the classroom and science curriculum. Read more…