Virtual Field Trips

White text says Virtual Field Trips. A series of small images of children and instructors on video calls lines the side. We are going virtual for the 20-21 school year! 

What We Do: 

We've created field trips with design thinking in mind. To us, this means focusing on: 

  • Accessing empathy
  • Identifying needs
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Ideating
  • Building to learn
  • Iteration
  • Communicating ideas 
We believe that materials are tools for thinking and learning. Whether we use recycled materials or robots, art supplies or blocks, all field trips will ultimately be focused on one or more of these tenants. 

Check out the options below to see what works best for you! 

Field Trips To-Go

Looking to get materials into your students hands? We've prepared some of our favorite activities for a take-and-make opportunity. Click on the flyer below to see what materials are available: 

Design Thinking 

Give your students an authentic experience in the fully Design Thinking Process. Best for classes interested in a detailed experience. Appropriate for those new to the processTeachers are expected to provided recycled materials, paper, and adhesives for students. 

  • Time: 2 hours; can be done in a single session or split over 2-3 days
  • Cost: $2 per student 

Invention Convention

If you are a participating class, connect with our staff to discuss how we might support your students with a virtual field trip by submitting a request at the bottom of this page.

Teacher Expectations:

Schedule Your Field Trip:


The work of the Center for Excellence in STEM Education is generously supported in part by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.