California Science Center

Author(s): Aldo-Rafael Cos
Field Trip - Teacher's Guide
SED 695B; Fall 2005



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Topics addressed

Physical Science, Life Science, Technology

Description of Field Trip

The California Science Center is an ideal field trip to introduce your students to various and diverse science and technology disciplines. The hands on approach is a great way to spark interest and curiosity in science.
The Science Scavenger Hunt work sheet is provided to every two students to help them explore in an organized fashion and keep them focused. The gift is at the Explorastore is further incentive to keep them working but is optional. Upon returning to class, we have a discussion about their experiences.
The worksheet should be updated by making a visit to the museum a few days prior to your field trip to check for outdated or new exhibits. The Pathways Chaperone worksheet for Destination: Space is the Science Center’s own worksheet to help guide students through the Air and Space Museum.


9. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations.


Study Guide:


Science Scavenger Hunt

Instructions: Search for the answers to the questions below. READ the descriptions. Some stations require you to do an activity or watch a video. Some questions may require a lot of searching.
All questions are worth 3 points (except 16 which is worth 5 points). The team with the highest points wins a gift in the Explorastore

LEVEL 3 – Transportation

1. What is center of mass? ______________________________________
2. What does the added weight under the bicycle do? _________________
3.What is a car’s speed with a 100 meter skid mark?____________ km/hour
4. What is a ratio?______________________________________________
5. How many solar cells cover Solar Eagle II? _________________

LEVEL 2 - Creative World

6. What are 5 ways to direct light? ___________________________________
7. List 6 things that don't belong in a trash bin:_________________________
8. How can you protect the earth resources? ___________________________
9. What kind of ground isn't safe for a quake? __________________________
10. How do sound waves travel? ______________________________________

LEVEL 2 - World of Life

11. How many nerve cells does your brain have? ______________________
12. How many deaths does drinking too much alcohol lead to? ____________
13. In what year did the U.S. join other countries to map DNA? _______
14. What does H.I.V. destroy? _____________________________________
15. What kind of circulatory system does a salamander have? _____________


16. What is the shape of the object directly in front of the Exploratory? ___________




References & Links:

California Science Center

Study Guide (pdf)

Destination:Space (pdf)