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Virtual Field Trips & Programs

Are you interested in having a National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Educator speak to your students in a live, virtual tour of this Smithsonian Affiliate museum? The Nuclear Museum will provide the Zoom platform for a tour where students can engage and interact with their very own educator as you explore the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History. With 30,000 square feet inside and nine-acres outside, there is truly so much to see and learn! Each program will take place via Zoom through the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History's account. We will send you the links needed for each program once the museum team member has been in touch and payment has been received. Tours are also available in a pre-recorded format for a discounted rate.

Live Tour: $85

Pre-recorded Tour: $35

Want to bring more to your classroom? Add a hands-on educational program to your tour! Please see below! These programs are designed to engage as well as educate the students. They can be presented live to your students, or as a budget-friendly pre-recorded option. The sessions below are in addition to your live tour of $85 or your pre-recorded tour of $35.

ATOM SESSIONS

1 hour session Pricing: 1-10 students $55, 10-50 students $185, 50+ students $245 (these costs are in addition to the live or pre-recorded tour options.)

Atom sessions include demonstration style instruction as well as leading hands-on activities using common items. Atom Sessions are scalable according to grade level and interest and can be aligned to meet standards for the desired grade level. Please scroll down for more information.

NUCLEUS SESSIONS

45-minute Session Pricing: 1-10 students $49, 10-50 students $139, 50+ students $209 (these costs are in addition to the live or pre-recorded tour options.)

Sessions designed around specific areas within each topic. Inexpensive hands-on activities engage students while exploring scientific topics and principles. Each session includes a 15-minute introduction session and a 30-minute topic session of your choice. Please scroll down for more information.

ELECTRON SESSION

Custom sessions that are scalable to all grade levels. Pricing: variable (these costs are in addition to the live or pre-recorded tour options.)

The Nuclear Museum has a large variety of resources available to create a custom session tailored to your specific needs. Please fill out the form below, and we will be in contact with you on how to create a one-of-a-kind field trip for your students. Please scroll down for more information.

Field Trip Inquiry Form


Record your field trip! $15

We will record and send you a unique link to your field trip. You will have access to a recording of your field trip you can share with students, staff, and parents. The link will be permanent, shareable, and unique to you and your students.

ATOM SESSIONS

1 hour session Pricing: 1-10 students $55, 10-50 students $185, 50+ students $245 (these costs are in addition to the live or pre-recorded tour options.)

Atom sessions include demonstration style instruction as well as leading hands-on activities using common items. Atom Sessions are scalable according to grade level and interest and can be aligned to meet standards for the desired grade level. All hands-on activities will be provided with a pre-program list of materials.

We can also provide premade material kits! Contact us for pricing.

  • Chemistry-- Recommended grade levels 3rd-12th. Chemistry is everywhere, but what do we know about it? Discover the exciting world of chemistry including chemical change vs physical change, reaction typing, and electron exchange.
  • Chain Reactions-- Recommended grade levels 3rd-12th. Nuclear fission, the reaction we use to generate electricity, is just one of the topics covered in this program. Additional topics include a brief intro into chemical reactions, (for more in-depth focus, see our Chemistry program) physical reactions, and the forces that cause these to happen.
  • Matter-- Recommended grade levels 1st-8th. Why does matter matter? It is everywhere and everything in the universe! Learn about states of matter and energy, also how the excitement of the atom affects the matter and its properties.
  • Radiation and Half-Life-- Recommended grade levels 6th-12th. What is radiation, and how does it interact with the things around us? Investigate tools used to measure radiation, types of radiation and how they behave differently, what is half-life, and a hands-on activity that allows students to calculate and estimate a half-life.
  • Elements to Chemicals-- Recommended grade levels 3rd-12th. We all have seen the periodic table. But do we really know what all of those squares represent? Discuss the elements and their place on the table, interactions between elements, and how they combine to become chemicals.
  • Electricity-- Recommended grade levels 3rd-12th. What is electricity, how does it work, and how can I use it? Learn the basics of electrical principles, including types of electricity, atoms and electrons, generation and conservation and see demonstrations of electricity at work.

Virtual Field Trips & Programs

NUCLEUS SESSIONS

Nucleus sessions are forty-five-minute sessions on specific areas within each topic. Each includes an introduction session and a topic session of choice. Material list provided, all materials are easily accessible and <$1.00 per student when purchased in bulk.

We can provide premade material kits! Contact us for pricing.

MATTER

All sessions include introductions and "What's the matter?", introductions of demonstrator and museum, discussion on atoms and matter and states of matter.

  • What if it doesn't follow the rules? -- Discuss the basic principles of solid, liquid, and gas. Introduce non-newtonian matter (oobleck) Demo oobleck when under the influence of sound energy.
  • Heat, Chemistry, and Matter -- Introduce Solid/water/vapor ice hands on. Demonstrate "Cloud in a bottle" Liquid to vapor demo. Demonstrate Chemical changes to matter using salt and Ice.
  • Slime -- Demonstrate how to make slime, and the science behind the mess. Polymer chain demo, chemical vs physical changes to matter.
  • Liquid Nitrogen Demonstration -- What happens when we turn something that is normally a gas into a liquid? The movement of molecules, expansion and contraction. Liquid and vapor.

ELECTRICITY

All sessions include introductions and "What is Electricity?", introductions of demonstrator and museum, information on the session topic, discussion of the atom and its parts, and demonstration of the movement of electrons using balls/marbles.

  • A.C. vs D.C. -- Explore the two primary types of electricity. Create a circuit (DC) and learn about how we use (AC) to transfer Electricity to where we need it.
  • Motors and Loads, using electricity. -- Ways we use electricity in our lives. How an electric motor works, Converting electricity into other types of energy.
  • Current vs Static -- Review (DC) principles and create a "Switch" in the circuit to scaffold from the previous project. Introduce Static using balloons and Soda cans. Discuss differences between Current and Static.
  • Electricity Generation -- Discuss how we get our electricity, and the power generation methods commonly used today. Generate our own electricity to light LED bulbs.

ENERGY

All sessions include introductions and "What are the types of energy", introductions of demonstrator and museum, discussion on types of energy and how we generate and use them.

  • Light Energy -- Discuss how we use light energy and how it affects our daily lives. Refractions of light energy, experience the prism effect using a CD or DVD. Discuss how we generate electricity and heat energy from light.
  • Sound -- Sound "Waves'' What they are, how we produce them, and how we perceive them. "See" sound waves using a cup and liquid. Demonstrate sound movement with a Slinky.
  • Nuclear Energy -- What is nuclear energy, the atom and the nucleus, and fact and fiction about nuclear energy. Half-life hands-on with pennies.
  • Heat -- Is heat really energy? How do we generate heat? Uses of heat, electricity generation, food, comfort.

ELECTRON SESSIONS

Custom sessions that are scalable to all grade levels (additional fees may apply).

Let us know a topic you would like to cover and we can provide you with options to align with your needs. The museum has access to various materials and lessons not found in the above programs. Feel free to complete the inquiry form and we will contact you to custom tailor a program to provide your students the virtual field trip that works best for you.