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Come Learn With Us... As an educator, you know the importance of classroom learning and understand the value of discovery beyond the classroom walls. Both are critical to a student’s success. McWane Science Center’s Education Department offers programs that engage children and youth in advanced inquiry-based learning opportunities in STEM. As you explore this field trip guide, I hope you’ll take a moment to review all the standards-based programs we offer, from PreK to 12th grade. And if you can’t make it to us, check out our McWane on the Move options.

Peggy Chowning Vice President of Education





The Field Trip Guide is your one-stop shop for planning your school's off-campus adventure. Read about everything McWane Science Center has to offer in science education, exhibits, special programming and events.



















You and your students are cordially invited to apply for our yearlong exhibit design competition, Celebrate Science! Your students will become exhibit designers and compete against other schools to create the most innovative exhibit prototype for our museum. This project will help incorporate STEM across your curriculum, with a chance to win cash prizes! The theme for the 2018-19 Celebrate Science competition is “Sweet Home Alabama” and will focus on Alabama’s scientific heritage. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 21, 2018. For more information, contact Marie Wilson at (205) 714-8216,



TEACHER'S NIGHT OUT SEPTEMBER 18 As our way of saying "thank you" for being loyal friends of McWane Science Center, you and a guest* are invited to join us for a special complimentary evening. Explore the Adventure Halls, see a special screening of a film in the IMAX® Dome Theater, enjoy refreshments, and enter to win great door prizes, including a one year family membership to McWane Science Center! Teacher’s Night Out RSVP by September 14 *Guests must be 18 years or older


plan your trip

How to book a field trip at McWane Science Center in 3 easy steps!

New this year:


Make your reservation!

n $5 Chaperone price includes admission to Adventure Halls


We will follow up!


n Visit to learn more about our many group

n School staff may be included in Chaperone count n Vouchers will be given for any scheduled attendees who are

unable to attend on the day of the field trip and parking in McWane Science Center Parking Deck

offerings. n Book a field trip by filling out our easy “Field Trip Online Form” at If you have any questions, you can reach our Reservation Specialists by e-mail at or by phone at (205) 714-8414

n A Reservations Specialist will be in touch to confirm your appointment

and follow up with any questions n Deposit and lunch payments are due within 1 week (7 days) of your field trip date n Your Field Trip Facilitators will contact you one week prior to your field trip to confirm details and answer any additional questions.

Come visit us! Join us for a free visit to McWane Science Center prior to your Field Trip experience! Teachers are offered free admission (with ID) to McWane Science Center at any time. Come see all we have to offer your group. n On the day of your visit, your Field Trip Facilitator will greet your bus and help you and your students explore McWane Science Center.


Price Breakdown Field Trips with Museum Admission only n Students: $7 n Teachers: Free! n Adult Chaperones: $5 when included on group reservation

(includes all-day parking in McWane Science Center Parking Deck)

Field Trips with IMAX Film Only n Students: $7 n Teachers: $6 n Adult Chaperones: $6

Field Trips with Museum and IMAX Film n Students: $12 n Teachers: $6 n Adult Chaperones: $9

Educational Programs n $2 per student

Lunches n $6.50 per lunch, reserved

PG. 2 • FTG 2018/2019

Booking Information: Group Size requirements n Minimum number of attendees for general admission/IMAX reservations – 15 n Minimum number of students to book classroom programs – 10 n Minimum number of attendees to book a Rushton program – 50

Booking Timeframe n Field Trip booking is available 6 months ahead of present date

For last minute bookings n Bookings made within 2 weeks (14 days) of arrival date require deposit of

$100 and full payment of pre-purchased lunches. n Bookings made within 1 week (7 days) of arrival date require full payment of

deposit – pre-purchased lunches are not available due to schedule restraints.

Chaperone Requirements * Remember, school staff will be included in chaperone count this year! * Parking for all chaperones in McWane Science Center’s parking deck is now included in price! n Pre K-Kindergarten – 1 adult per 3 students n Elementary (1-5 grade) – 1 adult for every 6 students n Middle School (6-8 grade) – 1 adult for every 8 students n High School (9-12 grade) – 1 adult for every 10 students


Educational Program Information: n n

Reserved educational programs are available for booking Tuesday – Friday Reserved educational programs are limited and are booked on a first come, first served basis n For more information, see Page 10 for full list of education programs

Confirmation and Communication Standards n n n

A valid email address for confirmation documentation will be required If no valid email address is available a fax number may be accepted A confirmation email will be sent within 24 hours of receipt of all required information n Verification will be sent 2 weeks (14 days) prior to your field trip date n Cancelation Notices will be emailed under the following circumstances: ›› If we have not received PO# or deposit by 1 week (7 days) prior to field trip date ›› If we have not received any communication with contact person(s) by 1 week (7 days) prior to field trip date

Lunch Policies n

Lunch times must be scheduled for use of McWane Science Center lunchrooms (subject to availability) n Scheduled Lunchtimes are 30 minutes n Lunches may be brought from home or school Lunches brought from home or school have the following restrictions: n No commercially prepared foods n Coke products only, please n

Lunches may be pre-purchased through McWane Science Center Smart Café One (1) menu option must be selected for entire group. All menus include 8oz water or PowerAid, plain potato chips, and fruit snacks: n Chicken Strips n Hamburger n Turkey Sub with cheese

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We are unable to accommodate food restrictions at this time. Lunches must be paid in full or a valid Purchase Order must be on file no later than 1 week (7 days) prior to field trip date. n 1 week (7 days) prior to field trip date, no further changes may be made to any pre-purchased lunch orders.

Field Trip Facilitators Field Trip Facilitators are your on-site contact at McWane Science Center during your field trip. The Field Trip Facilitator Team will: n 1 week prior to your group arrival date, they will introduce themselves as the point of con-

tact for your group. The Field Trip Facilitator will review the group’s schedule and any other details for the field trip at that time. n The day of the trip, your facilitator will greet your group upon arrival. They will help with the lunch process and will be available for any other group needs as well. n Your Field Trip Facilitator will follow up after your field trip to provide opportunities for feedback on your experience. PG. 4 • FTG 2018/2019



Science for everyone

McWane Science Center has developed the Educational Scholarship Fund to help provide better access to hands-on science education programs to pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade students from low income and at-risk populations. This fund can be used to assist with the cost of field trips and outreach programs, offered on a first come first serve basis, for Title I and other qualifying schools and organizations in Alabama. The Educational Scholarship Fund will cover the cost of admission into the Adventure Halls for students, as well as an optional education program (subject to availability). Funds will NOT cover transportation, parking, bus costs and other options such as IMAX films, group lunches, concessions, etc. To see if your school or organization is eligible, fill out the application form on our website at and a reservations specialist will contact you.


n Susan Mott Webb Charitable Trust

n Central Alabama

n City of Birmingham

n City of Hoover

n Wells Fargo

n Shelby County Commission

n PNC Financial Services Group

n City of Mountain Brook

n EBSCO Industries

n Vulcan Materials Company

n Publix Super Markets Charities

n Jefferson County Commission

Community Foundation n University of Alabama Birmingham School of Engineering n Walmart Foundation n Kinder Morgan Foundation

n Robert R. Meyer Foundation

n City of Vestavia Hills

n Hugh Kaul Foundation

n The Coca-Cola


McWane Foundation

Bottling Company United n Leon Aland Family Foundation n Alabama Power Foundation n Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama/ n Walker Alabama Community Foundation The Caring Foundation n Hill Crest Foundation, Inc.




Experience a movie like you never have before

The IMAX Dome Theater puts your class in the center of the action by projecting amazing images onto the five-story tall dome screen and delivering intense surround sound through almost three tons of speakers and subwoofers. Visit for a complete list of movies and showtimes.

Oceans OPENS FALL 2018


From BBC Earth and OceanX Media, Oceans: Our Blue Planet takes us on a global odyssey to discover the largest and least explored habitat on earth. New ocean science and technology has allowed us to go further into the unknown than we ever thought possible. From the coastal shallows to deeper, more mysterious worlds, we reveal the untold stories of the oceans' most astonishing creatures.

Backyard Wilderness THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses — in our own backyards. Spanning a year around a suburban home, the film displays a stunning array of unique wildlife images and behavior with breathtaking intimacy.

Santa Vs. The Snowman


THROUGH APRIL 2019 Warner Bros has debuted another new IMAX documentary, Panda’s is a nature documentary about everyone's favorite black & white bears. Narrated by Kristen Bell, the documentary follows Qian Qian, a panda bear born into captivity and tasked with increasing the population of pandas in the wild. To do this, Qian Qian will have to take some lessons from black bears of New Hampshire.

Superpower Dogs

The Polar Express

OPENS SPRING 2019 This film is the first of its kind and will tell the true stories of search and rescue dogs who fight crime, save lives and lift our spirits. We will travel with these dogs as they brave avalanches and earthquakes, sniff out disease and danger and bring wildlife poachers to justice. PG. 6 • FTG 2018/2019



for you

These opportunities will direct the focus of science to a localized community level, showing how technological developments can shape a city, state and ultimately a nation.

CITIZEN SCIENCE FIND YOUR INNER SCIENTIST Citizen science is the involvement of the public in scientific research – whether community-driven research or global investigations. The Citizen Science Association unites expertise from educators, scientists, data managers, and others to power citizen science. Join us, and help speed innovation by sharing insights across disciplines. In Citizen Science projects, professional scientists work together with amateurs and the general public. People of any age and occupation can help with observation, analysis, experiments and research – including you and your students! Citizen Science projects can serve as a meaningful problem-based learning activity! Here are a few places you can learn more about Citizen Science projects: n




Birmingham Audubon: The Audubon Society’s Citizen Science Corps. interacts with nature, and assist scientists in a wide variety of projects (including bird counts). Visit https:// for more information. Alabama Water Watch. You and your students can run tests to monitor your own local waters, testing for microorganisms or pollution levels. For more info, visit http://www. Auburn University Museum of Natural History. Auburn wants your help studying the living things that make Alabama so diverse. Check to learn about their current programs. Zooniverse. This platform holds information about dozens of ever-changing Citizen Science activities from around the world, involving every field of science. For more info see:

ALABAMA SCIENTISTS HONOR HOMEGROWN THINKERS Alabama is celebrating its 200th birthday. Below are three of the scientists who will be showcased in our homegrown educational programs.

Dr. Mae Carol Jemison DECATUR, AL Dr. Mae Jemison is an American engineer, physician and NASA astronaut who became the first African American woman to travel into space on September 12, 1992.

Robert Van de Graaf TUSCALOOSA, AL Robert Van de Graaff was an engineer and physicist who conducted electrical experiments, most notably inventing the Van de Graaff generator; a staple of electricity-themed programming in McWane’s Rushton Theater.

Edward Osbourne Wilson BIRMINGHAM, AL E.O. Wilson is an American biologist, ecologist and author who is often referred to as the Father of Biodiversity and Sociobiology. He is the world’s leading expert in the field of myrmecology, the study of ants.


inside the museum

FOUR FLOORS OF FUN You can only learn so much from a text book or even watching a YouTube video. Tangible hands-on learning is so often the best way to experience and understand a scientific principle. That foundation is where McWane Science Center's interactive exhibits steps in to best serve as an extension of the classroom. By exploring our Adventure Halls and experiencing engaging live science demonstrations, concepts such as gravity, combustion, electricity and many more, become real things students can better understand and apply to their daily lives.

Lamar Smith Vice President of Exhibits, Facilities and Planning

PG. 8 • FTG 2018/2019



Under the sea Explore our aquarium which features over fifty species of aquatic life in a wide variety of salt and fresh water tanks. Highlights of Alabama’s largest aquarium include the popular Shark and Ray Touch Tank, the Jellyfish Tank, the Cahaba River Biorama and a variety of fresh water fish.

1 Level

So much science Your students can lie on a Bed of Nails, test out the pulley chairs, experiment with bubbles and interact with dozens of other exhibits inside the museum's Adventure Halls.

2 Level


This level is where you will find the Alabama Dinosaur exhibit featuring rare finds from the Alabama tyrannosaur to dangerous raptors. Your class can also meet the faces and fins that swam in Alabama’s oceans 80 million years ago in the Sea Monsters of Alabama exhibit.

3 Level

Art and Tech On the third floor you will discover exciting interactive exhibits about Art & Technology. The third floor is a location for changing seasonal exhibits including our popular exhibit Winter Wonderland and the Magic of Model Trains.

Shark and Ray Touch Tank Soak up the science in the Shark & Ray Touch Tank! This aquarium features a large, unique tank where visitors can touch Sharks and Rays. It is a great opportunity to learn about these fascinating creatures in a hands-on and interactive way.

Rushton Theater Several live science demonstration stations are also on this level. Be sure to reserve an educational show in Rushton Science Theater to enhance your field trip.

GENEius Lab GENE-ius is an engaging, day-long laboratory experience in molecular biology and genetics designed for high school biology students, grades 9–12.

Itty Bitty Magic City

High Cycle

Itty Bitty Magic City caters to our youngest visitors, Kindergarten and younger, and encourages young children’s love of learning through the four major types of play: physical, exploratory, constructive and imaginative.

A favorite among school groups, the High Cycle is a high-wire recumbent bicycle suspended 22 feet from the lobby floor on a steel cable.

Explore Lab McWane is not only a science museum it also houses the state's largest fossil collection. Many of these specimens can be seen in the Explore Lab.

Classtime The third floor is home to a variety of classrooms designed to provide the best science education. Various camps and special programs are conducted in these classrooms.

Blue Planet Don't forget to get a bird's eye view of our planet with the visually impressive Science on a Sphere!

Travelling Exhibits Each year, McWane Science Center hosts two to three travelling exhibits that are generally located on the third floor of the museum. In 2019, "Speed" will be crossing the finish line and rolling into McWane. This exhibit not only explores the world of auto racing it also explains the science behind motion. MCWANE.ORG • PG. 9

LEArN at McWane

SCIENCE EDUCATION FOR YOUR STUDENTS When scheduling your class field trip to McWane Science Center, choose from one of the many educational programs listed on the following pages. These programs are designed for specific grades and meet Alabama Course of Study, Next Generation Science Standards or Alabama Performance Standards for 4-year-olds (APKS) as established by the Alabama Department of Children’s Affairs, Office of School Readiness.

Rushton Theater The 108 seat Rushton Theater is a science learning environment capable of hosting many types of programming. Home to our largest presentations, Combustion, Lightning Strikes and Science Spectacular, the theater houses a large tandem tesla coil, named after its inventor, scientist Nikola Tesla. SEATING CAPACITY: Minimum 50/Maximum 100 PRICING: Students (2nd—12th) $2.00 per student

Lightning Strikes! DISCIPLINE: Physical Science GRADES: 2-12 This high voltage program will introduce you to electricity and what it can do. Give your day a jolt by seeing the tandem Tesla coil system create amazing bolts of lightning! You’ll be amazed and awestruck as you learn about electricity! SCIENCE: Grade 2: 1 Grade 4: 2a; Grade 8: 19-0 Program is 30 minutes long.

Science Spectacular DISCIPLINE: Physical Science GRADES: 2-12 Brace yourself for some of our most incredible demonstrations, featuring a variety of topics such as electricity, combustion and liquid nitrogen! SCIENCE: Grade 2: 1; 2: 3 Grade 4: 2a; Grade 5: 1, 5:4; Grade 8: 4, 8: 19 Program is 30 minutes long. CAUTION: Loud noises may not be suitable for younger audience members.

PG. 10 • FTG 2018/2019

Grades 3-5

Enhance your class visit with one of these reserved programs. NOTE: Maximum capacity of Grades 3-5 programs is 30 students. Education programs are $2.00 per student.

Jr. Robotics

Adventures in Chemistry

DISCIPLINE: Technology/Physical Science Explore emerging technology as we build and program robotic models using the LEGO WeDo 2.0 kits! These STEM-based challenges will help build team work, problem solving and critical thinking skills.

DISCIPLINE: Physical Science Chemistry matters! Gear up with goggles and gloves as we explore chemical interactions and reactions!

SCIENCE: Grade 3: 4; Grade 5: 5 TECHNOLOGY: 3rd-5th grade: 1,2,3,7,12

Program is 90 minutes long.

Operation Clean Up! DISCIPLINE: Life Science, Earth Science Students will become environmental scientists as they explore solutions to disasters and learn how they affect wild life. SCIENCE: Grade 3: 12; Grade 5: 17 Program is 60 minutes long.

SCIENCE: Grade 5:2,3,4

Program is 60 minutes long.

Energy in Motion DISCIPLINE: Physical Science Put your engineering skills to the test! Explore gravity, potential energy, kinetic energy and so much more as we build and test innovative devices. SCIENCE: Grade 3:1; Grade 4: 1,3

Program is 45 minutes long.

Grades K-2

Enhance your class visit with one of these reserved programs.

NOTE: Maximum capacity of Grades K-2 programs is 30 students unless otherwise noted below. Education programs are $2.00 per student.

Message Sent and Received DISCIPLINE: Physical Science Put on your thinking caps and grab your tools. Your students will be engineers for the day as they design and build communication devices using only light or sound. But shhhhhh, no talking! SCIENCE: Grade 1: 4 Program is 30 minutes long.

Curious Critters DISCIPLINE: Life Science Your students will meet animals from all over the world as they investigate the relationships these curious critters have with one another and their environment. SCIENCE: Grade K: 3,4; Grade 2: 7 Program is 30 minutes long. Maximum capacity is 45 students

Biome Mania DISCIPLINE: Biology Get ready for an adventure. Your class will learn about the different biomes of the world as they construct models, explore what makes each eco-system unique, and how to identify plant and animal adaptations. SCIENCE: K: 5 / 1:5 / 2:7,9 Program is 30 minutes long. MCWANE.ORG • PG. 11

LEArN at McWane Grades 6-8 Enhance your class visit with one of these reserved programs. NOTE: Maximum capacity of Grades 6-8 programs is 30 students. Education programs are $2.00 per student.

Engineering Challenge

Robotics Challenge

DISCIPLINE: Physical Science Student teams will work together to explore Newton’s Laws of Motion through hands-on engineering challenges. Their success depends on innovation, ingenuity and what they can make with a given set of supplies!

DISCIPLINE: Physical Science Student groups will use LEGO Ev3 robots, and their critical thinking skills, to move through a series of challenges. These robots are an ideal tool to help student practice math, science, programming and design technology skills.

SCIENCE: Grade 8: 8,9,10

SCIENCE: Grade 8: 8, 9 TECHNOLOGY: 6th - 8th grade: 1 MATH: Grade 6:20 (6-EE9); Grade 7:10 (7-EE4)

Program is 60 minutes long.

Amazing Reactions DISCIPLINE: Physical Science This hands-on chemistry program is a catalyst for fun as students explore exciting reactions! SCIENCE: Grade 8:5

Program is 60 minutes long.

Program is 90 minutes long.

LabWorks RESERVATIONS: (205) 714-8454, TIMES: 9:00-11:00 am or 12:00-2:00 pm CAPACITY: 30 students INFORMATION: (205) 714-8454,

LabWorks is a series of engaging experiments designed especially for middle school students. Developed through a partnership between UAB’s Center for Community Outreach Development (CORD) and McWane Science Center, these labs include modern scientific protocols and equipment that enable students to investigate contemporary questions in biology, chemistry and physics.

Toothpaste Chemical Engineering In this hands-on lab students will work as chemical engineers to discover the properties of the components that make up toothpaste and design their own. SCIENCE: Grade 8: 2, 3, 5

Carter Creek Mystery In a fictional city, business is booming at the local plastic and paper company, but there’s a big problem—the local water source has been polluted, and the blame is going to the company that employs the majority of the city. In this hands-on lab students analyze water and soil samples to determine the source of pollution and help save the day! SCIENCE: Grade 6: 7, 15, 16

A Light in a Dark Room Understanding elements and light can lead to understanding or discovering new compounds, as well as unlocking information about stars and galaxies, much too far away to visit. In this hands-on lab students explore these questions and more as they investigate pigment, light, fluorescence, invisible ink, and even stars, all while learning about wavelengths and chemical reactions! SCIENCE: 8th grade 8: 1,2,5, 17, 18

The Eyes Have It The eye is an intricate machine easily accessible through dissection. In this lab, students will dissect a cow eye, model how degenerate eye disorders effect vision, and learn how visual illusions work SCIENCE: Grade 7: 3, 6, 8, 10

PG. 12 • FTG 2018/2019

GENEius Lab RESERVATIONS: (205) 714-8479, TIMES: 9:00-2:00 pm CAPACITY: 30 students INFORMATION: (205) 714-8479,

GENE-ius is an engaging, day-long laboratory experience in molecular biology and genetics designed for high school biology students, grades 9–12. Using state-of-the-art equipment, participants work in small groups with guidance from UAB students and faculty to complete a challenging lab experiment. Students also have access to McWane Science Center exhibits and programs throughout the day.

Huntington's Disease Lab

DNA Fingerprinting Lab

DISCIPLINE: Life Science

DISCIPLINE: Life Science

Students learn structure and function of the human brain as they work in small groups to dissect a sheep brain and test their olfactory systems. Then students will use DNA gel electrophoresis and microscopy to explore the genetics and neuro-pathology of Huntington’s disease.

Students focus on genetic diversity and use contemporary techniques in molecular biology to isolate DNA from their cheek cells, use polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to amplify a highly variable region of chromosome one and employ gel electrophoresis to analyze samples.

SCIENCE: Human Anatomy and Physiology: 1, 4, 8; Biology: 1, 7, 8; Zoology: 1; Genetics: 5, 6, 7

HIV Lab DISCIPLINE: Life Science Students explore the lifecycle of HIV and perform an Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA). They will address the public health issues related to HIV/ AIDS through a series of small group discussions, activities and a mock fluid exchange SCIENCE: Human Anatomy and Physiology: 15; Biology: 1, 8; Genetics: 7, 9, 11; Health: 1, 5, 12, 22

SCIENCE: Biology: 1, 7, 8; Genetics: 3, 7, 8, 9; Forensic Science: 2, 4, 5

Sickle-Cell Anemia:

Tracking Down an Inherited Trait DISCIPLINE: Life Science The molecular basis of this hereditary disease is the main focus as students use electrophoresis to analyze differences in the normal and sickle-cell hemoglobin at the protein and DNA levels. Microscopy of fresh blood smears allows students to observe phenotypic differences between normal and sickle red blood cells. SCIENCE: Human Anatomy and Physiology: 9; Biology: 1, 7, 8; Genetics: 2, 5, 6, 7, 8

Grades 9-12

Enhance your class visit with one of these reserved programs.

NOTE: Maximum capacity of Grades 9-12 programs is 30 students. Education programs are $2.00 per student.

Robotics Lab

The Rube Challenge

DISCIPLINE: Physical Science Using LEGO EV3robots, students will learn the techniques used in the real world of science, engineering, and technology. They’ll practice their analytical skills while programming the robots to successfully complete a series of challenges.

DISCIPLINE: Physical Science, Physics Take the Rube Challenge! Use the properties of physics to design a complex way to solve a simple problem. Explore the engineering process from start to finish in this fun-filled, hands-on program.

PHYSICS: 1 TECHNOLOGY: 2, 10 NSES: Science as Inquiry, Science and Technology


Program is 90 minutes long.

Program is 90 minutes long. MCWANE.ORG • PG. 13

unique experiences

Spend the night at McWane Science Center McWane Science Center offers Overnight Adventure programs year-round for groups of all shapes and sizes! We can tailor the experience to fit the needs of school groups, scout groups, church groups, and families. We require groups to have a minimum of 100 people for a private event. BASIC FEATURES: n Dinner n Continental breakfast n After Hours admission to Adventure Halls n Exciting Science Program CUSTOMIZE YOUR EXPERIENCE Souvenirs n Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream n Classroom Activities and Merit Badge Programs n Overnight Adventure Patches And more! n

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: n Minimum 100 participants n Must be first grade or older n 1 adult required for every 5 children Shared open dates including merit badge programs available for smaller groups. Prices and programming may vary


$40 per participant $10/person IMAX Dome Theater Film (optional) n $15 Overnight Adventure T Shirt (optional- preorder only) n n

Visit or call 205-714-8323 for more information PG. 14 • FTG 2018/2019

mcwane on the


Can't come to McWane? Order science to go. McWane on the Move provides hands-on, interactive programs that meet or supplement curriculum objectives and spark students' scientific curiosity. Our programs are perfect for classrooms, assembly programs, libraries and community events

Sun Blocks

Enlightening Electricity

DISCIPLINE: Physical Science GRADES: Pre-K–K PROGRAM: Classroom Students will design and construct a structure to protect them from the harmful effects of sunlight. Don't forget your sunblock.

DISCIPLINE: Physical Science GRADES: 2–6 PROGRAM: Classroom It’s electric! Students will explore circuits and how they work in order to create a working electrical system. SCIENCE: Grade 4: 2,4

Alabama Scientists

SCIENCE: K: 2, 7, 8

Design and Construct

Dinosaur Detectives DISCIPLINE: Earth and Space Science GRADES: PreK-K PROGRAM: Classroom Become a paleontologist as we go back in time and explore Earth’s prehistoric animals. APKS: S.P.: 1.2, 2.4 SCIENCE: K: 1, 2/2: 3

Speed it Up, Slow it Down

DISCIPLINE: Physical Science GRADES: Pre K-2 PROGRAM: Classroom Ready, Set, let’s Go as students investigate force and motion. Working together, your class will solve problems by designing, constructing and utilizing different materials and methods to see who wins the gravity race. APKS: 1.2, 1.4 SCIENCE: K: 1, 2/2.3

DISCIPLINE: Physical Science GRADES: 3-6 PROGRAM: Classroom Students become design and construction crews as they build tornado-proof structures. We will explore how people use science to deal with the powerful forces of nature. SCIENCE: Grade 3:15, Grade 4:17

DISCIPLINE: Physical Science GRADES: Pre K-2 PROGRAM: Classroom Your students will become super sleuths, as they learn to identify and classify matter, based on its physical properties. Working in teams, they’ll perform hands-on experiments, make observations, and collect all the clues needed to help solve our matter mystery.

DISCIPLINE: Physical Science/Life Science GRADES: 2-8 PROGRAM: Assembly only From electricity to rocket science, medicine to metallurgy, Alabama has a rich scientific heritage! Students will get an exciting introduction to famous Alabama scientists and the amazing discoveries from our home state. SCIENCE: Grade 2:2; Grade 3: 3, 9; Grade 8: 3, 10

Reactions in Action DISCIPLINE: Physical Science GRADES: 2–8 PROGRAM: Classroom Students will get fired up about science as we explore combustion and dazzle them with color-changing liquids. Fascinating experiments teach students all about chemical changes in matter! SCIENCE: Grade 2: 1,4; Grade 5: 4; Grade 8: 5

a-MAZE-ing Robots

Matter Mysteries

Special Programs

DISCIPLINE: Earth and Space Science GRADES: 2-8 PROGRAM: Classroom Walk out of your classroom and into outer space! You and your students will enter our inflatable planetarium and fly through the solar system as we explore what makes each planet special and meet some of the other objects that make up our universe. SCIENCE: Grade 5: 12, 13; Grade 6: 1,2,3

DISCIPLINE: Physical Science GRADES: 3rd and up Experience the world of computer coding using Ozobots, one of the world's smallest programmable robots. SCIENCE: Grade 4: 4 TECHNOLOGY GRADE 3RD- 5TH: 3, 7


REQUIREMENTS • This program requires an indoor space with at least 14 feet in height and 22 feet in diameter • Access to two 3-prong electrical outlets • Maximum of 30 students


• 1 Classroom Program: $175; maximum 30 students • Each Additional Classroom Program: $125

APKS: S.P: 1.2, 2.2 SCIENCE: 2:1, 2, 4

Superhero Science

Amazing Animals DISCIPLINE: Life Science GRADES: K-12 PROGRAM: Classroom Bring animals right into your classroom! Students will learn about each animal in terms of its natural habitat, eating habits, adaptations and what makes them different from other living things.

DISCIPLINE: Physical Science, Chemistry GRADES: 2-8 PROGRAM: Assembly only

In this super-powered presentation, we’ll use exciting demonstrations to explore the science behind super powers!

SCIENCE: Grade 2: 4, Grade 4: 2a, Grade 5: 1, 4, Grade 8: 4

SCIENCE: : K: 3,4; Grade 1: 1,5; Grade 2: 7; Grade 3: 10,11; Grade 4: 11; Grade 7:6


n 1 Classroom Program: $150; maximum 30 students n Each Additional Classroom Program: $125;

(must be the same program and be on the same day for discount to apply)

1 Assembly Program: $300; maximum 150 students n Each Additional Assembly Program: $225 (must be on the same day for discount to apply) n

n Libraries/Community Programs: $125; groups of 30 or less n Libraries/Community Program: $175; groups of 31 or more

Mileage: $.55/mile for all Alabama counties outside Jefferson and Shelby Counties If you reserve a classroom program and more than 30 attendees are present, McWane Science Center reserves the right to charge the assembly program rate.





McWane Science Center is not only home to a vast collection of permanent exhibits, the museum also tries to mix things up annually with new touring exhibits that will both educate and entertain. Over the course of 2018 and 2019, McWane plans to present four exciting traveling exhibits that are unique, fascinating and appealing to a wide range of visitors. Behind the checkered flag and smell of burning rubber, science has pushed the development of auto racing into the highest echelons of sporting achievements. SPEED: Science in Motion investigates the expertise and technology behind Formula 1 racing, looking at how physics and engineering work with biology and human endurance to support this multi-million dollar industry. PG. 16 • FTG 2018/2019

OPENS JANUARY 2019 McWane Science Center and UAB Medicine are excited to introduce a new exhibit coming to Birmingham in January 2019 in time for winter Field Trips. GENOME: Unlocking Life’s Code offers students the opportunity to take a take look inside their cells to explore the mysteries of the human genome.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT DNA literally is the 'stuff of life'-it is the set of instructions for making everything from you to zebras, strawberries, and even yeast. Understanding what the language of DNA means will revolutionize your understanding of yourself, your health, and your connections to life on Earth. GENOME: Unlocking Life's Code will take visitors deep inside their own bodies to explore the mysteries of the human genome.

New exhibit explores the inner world of the human being Students will learn what genomic science tells us about health and disease, where we fit into the natural world, and how humans are connected to all life on the planet. Through physical and computer interactives, media experiences, specimens, artifacts, and replicas, GENOME: Unlocking Life’s Code will reveal the exciting nature of genomic science and what it means to us as humans.

Educational programming and events will be available with this exhibit. Check the website regularly for more information on these programs.

“Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code” is sponsored by UAB Medicine, Alabama’s leader in precision medicine. UAB Medicine is using its knowledge of the human genome to advance the field of precision medicine, an exciting approach to health care that combines the absolute latest in the prediction & prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease to deliver truly individualized patient care.

They will learn what genomic science tells us about human disease, where we fit into the natural world, and how humans populated the world.



2018-2019 Field Trip Guide  
2018-2019 Field Trip Guide