v Beginning our unit on Simple Machines before our class trip was very beneficial to the children.
v They were familiar with the terminology at the exhibits and could identify the simple machines.
v The children actually got to experience the scientific principle being displayed at the exhibit. E.g. the effect of friction vs. very little friction at the “Climb a Wall” Exhibit
v Meeting with the chaperones beforehand and giving them their own packet which included a schedule, pictures of each exhibit they were to visit and a timetable for each event was very beneficial. The chaperones were relieved to know it wasn’t up to them to keep the children occupied.
v The children received their own packet with information on the 2 main characters they were going to visit at the IMAX Theater’s show BUGS!
v For downtime, they had a Search ‘n Find and crossword puzzle to work on whose content centered on the movie BUGS!
v In each child’s packet was an invitation from the Queen of Zultan to scan the galaxy for a machine that would make their lives back home easier.
v The children were given pictures of the exhibit they were to visit and the time at which to be there. This helped to keep them focused and on track.
v Unfortunately, with all of my planning I saw one chaperone sitting on a bench letting the children discover things for themselves. She wasn’t engaging the children in their learning.
v Our PowerPoint demonstration, that each group was going to make on the simple machine they chose and why, has been delayed because they’re just learning this in their technology class.