Getting on/off a bus; driving about 50 miles throughout the day, approximately 1 hour riding time. Walking during field trip; seating available.
At the hotel.
We will board our bus for a field trip to the St. Louis Science Center, one of the top four science centers in the nation. In a classroom setting, our goal will be to fill an entire area with a functioning Rube Goldberg machine. We’ll work together as a group to create a machine using dominoes, ramps, buckets, and levers in order to flip on a switch. After our hands-on experiment is finished, we’ll have time to explore the Science Center on our own.
At the Science Center, we’ll have box lunches.
Next, we’ll walk over a skybridge to the James S. McDonnell Planetarium on the Science Center campus. This is one of the nation’s leading space education facilities. We’ll explore the planetarium’s space exhibits and see the Gateway to the Solar System Show in its unique, dome-shaped auditorium. Simply by looking up, we’ll learn about past, present, and future planetary phenomena while exploring the solar system, discovering planets, moons, and more in the sky. When done, we’ll board the bus and ride back to the hotel.
At the hotel.
Evening We’ll remain where we are and watch “Monument to the Dream,” a short movie about the creation of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Arch that stands today as the nation's tallest arch and national monument. The remainder of the evening will be at leisure for a swim in the pool (with grandparents present), spending time with new Road Scholar friends, or just relaxing.