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Google Field Trip Days

Dear Educator,

Georgia Aquarium is thrilled to work with Google to host the second annual Google Field Trip Days November 14-18, 2016. During this week of exploration, collaboration, and solution seeking, classes in grades 6-8 from Title I schools are invited to come to the Aquarium free of charge to explore the theme Diving into STEAM. Classes will participate in programming from 10:00am-1:00pm one day during this week and have the option to arrive early or stay later to explore the galleries on their own.

In particular, students in grades 6-8 will have a unique opportunity to explore a variety of STEAM career pathways we have at the Aquarium to connect what they are learning in the classroom and how it directly relates to the work being done in the field. With a strong focus on STEAM career pathways and connecting “school” with the “real world”, an experience like this might be the hook for continuing STEAM education in high school and beyond. Students will be exposed to a wide range of career paths by engaging in interactive learning moments during their time at the Aquarium, including but not limited to:

  • Lunch with the Dolphins: Students have the opportunity eat lunch (provided on site) while getting an up close and personal look at the grace, intelligence, and athleticism of our bottlenose dolphins! Prior to the AT&T Dolphin Celebration experience, students will also view an exclusive screening of our new STEAM Forward video series that goes behind the scenes to learn about of the art, design, technology, and engineering that goes into creating our dolphin presentation. We hope that by visiting the AT&T Dolphin Tales gallery students are encouraged to make positive conservation choices so that future generations have the chance to love these animals as well.
  • Aquanaut Adventure: Students will immerse themselves in an interactive space complete with augmented reality technology, touch pools, and facilitated learning experiences. They will learn about how SCUBA and diving technology helps us to discover more about the underwater portion of our planet, engineer their own animal to survive in a marsh, calculate the amount of food and enrichment it takes to keep our animals healthy and thriving, and journey down into Peterson Preserve to observe some of the animals in our living river – and more!
  • Gallery Exploration: Students will explore the main galleries and behind the scenes to discover how our experts leverage science, technology, engineering, arts, and math in their work each and every day to care for our amazing animals.

Need to know information:

  • Schools that serve a student population of 90% or higher with free or reduced lunch status will be given priority.
  • Schools are welcome to apply as a class, grade level, or school up to 180 students; programming is limited to grades 6-8.
  • Admission and lunch are included in the experience.
  • Transportation is sponsored as outlined as follows:
    Bus companies will invoice Georgia Aquarium up to the dollar amount below and invoice the school the remaining dollar amount.
    Metro Atlanta schools: Georgia Aquarium is able to cover up to $250 per bus, four buses maximum.
    Schools outside Metro Atlanta: Georgia Aquarium is able to cover up to $1,000 per bus, four buses maximum.
  • Georgia Aquarium can accommodate a complimentary 1:10 chaperone policy. Any additional adults will pay for a General Admission ticket on site for $39.95 + tax. Chaperones will actively monitor behavior and participate in programming with their students.
  • If you have applied for or received a Sponsored Education Admissions grant, you are not eligible for Google Field Trip Days.
  • Last year's Google Field Trip Days was a huge success! We were able to welcome some amazing students to Georgia Aquarium. Read about our visit from the students of Swain Elementary on our blog.

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