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We all know that New York is the city that never sleeps, but what you don’t hear as much about is the rich diversity of activities available for students during the day. So many students learn through hands-on interaction and a field trip is the perfect way to cement and solidify the knowledge you’ve already taught.
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Regardless of what you teach, there are many different options for fun and engaging field trips that you can plan for your students that will help expand upon your regular learning objectives. From science centers to museums to parks, New York has something to offer your students. Check out some of the locations we’ve gathered here for you.
New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) is located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. Its original building was constructed in 1964 for the 1964-1965 World’s Fair and is still standing today. The museum boasts over 400 hands-on exhibits and sees over half a million educators, parents, and students every year. It is the only hands-on science and technology center in New York City. Their mission is to make STEM more accessible to everyone: beyond their regular exhibits, they also host STEM nights, which offer youth opportunities to network with STEM professionals and learn about careers in STEM fields. Another nice feature of interest to educators, is that at NYSCI all of the science workshops they offer are correlated to NYC and New York State standards.
Bette Korman founded the Children’s Museum of Manhattan in 1973 as a grassroots organization. From its inception, the museum’s focus was on early childhood education, creativity, and health. At its current location, the museum has five fun floors with experiential activities that integrate arts, sciences, and humanities. The first floor has interactive artwork that students can play with and in. As educators, you know how important kinesthetic learning is for most learners. During the summer, the museum also has a Dynamic H2O exhibition that allows students to learn about New York City’s water supply while playing with things such as a water table. If you do bring your students, a museum guide will help facilitate your journey through the exhibits and the pricing is very budget-friendly.
The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) is one of the hidden (and newer) treasures in NYC. It opened December 15, 2012 and its initial charter was granted by NYS Department of Education in late 2009. Located in Manhattan, MoMath is the only museum in the United States that is dedicated to mathematics. It is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and only closes on Thanksgiving Day. The museum has special discount rates for class groups and also has sponsored field trips available for Title One schools. Once you and your students arrive, you will be bowled over by the variety of ways in which you can interact with math. There’s a kinetic wall, symmetrical paintbrushes on a digital canvas, a bicycle that has square wheels, and much more! Often, math is hard to conceptualize, for adults and children alike. This museum bridges that gap and offers hands-on ways to interact with math concepts.
The Brooklyn Robot Foundry was founded by Jenny Young, a mom with a mechanical engineering background. The focus of the organization is to “empower kids through fun, DIY classes in robotics, engineering, circuitry, programming, design and more.” It’s staffed by engineers, tinkerers, artists, and teachers, and although it’s called the Brooklyn Robot Foundry, there are multiple locations throughout NYC. Classes are available for children as young as two years old or as old as seventh grade. Field trip options include different programs you can select and many of them align with common core standards. Most of their field trip options focus on circuits plus another topic.
If you’re looking for a unique field trip, this is the one. HRPK hosts field trips throughout the four mile stretch that is the park: their focus is on fish ecology, water data, and oyster measuring. There are multiple stations throughout the park where you can take your students. The West Village’s Pier 40 features the River Project Wetlab, Chelsea hosts a Habitat Garden, Pier 84 looks at pollution and the environment and so forth. The programs available can be tailored to students anywhere in the K-12 grade levels. Hudson River Park is a great resource that can help bring science alive for your students. The park itself is located on a 400-acre Estuarine Sanctuary.