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Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips (Part IV)

Focus on Science/Technology:

Here’s a list of some more fabulous places to take your homeschool group, class, or family for a field trip.  This week the ideas I’m suggesting all are in the “Science” or “Technology” category.

1.  Philadelphia Insectarium:   Are you studying insects?  Arachnids?  Why not try to schedule a tour at the Philadelphia Insectarium? Kids have the opportunity to learn about a variety of different insects.  They can check out a working beehive or view real exotic insects.  They even have the opportunity to eat an edible insect!  (Ew!)   Our homeschool group went here several years ago.  It was an excellent field trip!  Recommended for kids ages 10 and under.   http://www.myinsectarium.com/tours.php

2.  Pennypack Environmental Center:  Our homeschool group just took a field trip to this wonderful education center this past Fall.  They offer outdoor classes on a variety of topics including:  apple pressing, maple sugaring, native wildlife, creeks, forest ecology and watersheds.   Most classes are under $5 per child if there are 10 or more in a group.   http://www.phila.gov/ParksandRecreation/environment/environmentaleducation/Pages/default.aspx

3.  Ringing Rocks:  If you are studying geology, this may be a great place to take your homeschool group in the warmer months.  Visits to the park are FREE, and I would recommend the trip for kids ages 10 and under.  Ringing Rocks is a field of boulders in Upper Black Eddy, PA.  Many of the rocks ring like bells when they are struck lightly with a hammer.  Very intriguing!  About an hour drive from Philadelphia.  http://www.visitphilly.com/outdoor-activities/philadelphia/ringing-rocks-park/

4.  Philadelphia Inquirer:  Last year our homeschool group took a field trip to the Schuylkill Printing Plant to see the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News being printed.  The trip was Free!  It was amazing to watch thousands of Philadelphia newspapers being printed and to learn about the many other newspapers the plant prints.  If you are studying simple machines in science, this may be a great field trip for your group!  The printing plant is located in Conshohocken.  Call this number to arrange a trip: 610-292-6045.  For kids ages 8 and up.

5.  Philadelphia Science Festival:  For  the past two years our homeschool group has participated in activities/educational classes through the Philadelphia Science Festival.  Two years ago we participated in a Chemistry class for kids.  Last year our group participated in an architecture class.  Both classes were free and excellent.  The festival is held in April each year and offers new science classes with each festival.  I highly recommend it! http://www.philasciencefestival.org/

6. Philadelphia Homeschool Science Fair:   This science fair is a great educational opportunity for your homeschoolers.   Students can participate or visit for a field trip.  You can find out more about the science fair by clicking on my recent post: https://phillyhomeschool.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/homeschool-science-fair-2013/ or by clicking on the Science Fair’s website: http://www.fair.science-resources.org/

7.  First Robotics Competition:  There will be two local robotics competitions held in/near Philly in the upcoming months: the Hatboro-Horsham FIRST Robotics District Competition – Horsham, PA (March 2nd and 3rd 2013), and the Springside – Chestnut Hill FIRST Robotics District Competition – Philadelphia, PA (March 15th and 16th 2013).  Central Highschoolers (a magnet school here in Philly) will be participating in the Chestnut Hill Competition.  (Here’s a link to their robotics site: http://robolancers.com/.) I’ve been told going to see the competition is free.  It may be an interesting field trip option if your homeschool students enjoy robotics.  For more on the competition check out these sites: http://www.midatlanticrobotics.com/2013-district-events/ or  http://www.thebluealliance.com/event/2013paphi .  You can also read an article about last year’s competition by clicking here: http://chestnuthilllocal.com/blog/2012/03/08/sch-to-host-district-robotics-competition/.

8.  Seaperch Underwater Robotics Competition:  There will be an underwater robotics competition held at Drexel University this year on April 26th and 27th, 2013.  Both middle schools and high schools will be participating.  An interesting field trip!  I believe it’s free to attend.  Recommended for kids ages 10 and up.  Find out more by checking out this website: http://www.phillyseaperch.org/2013-competition-info.html.

9.  Drexel Indoor Aerial Robotics Competition:  Drexel University will also be hosting an indoor aerial robotics competition.  A tentative date is set for May 4th, 2013.   The competition is to be held on the 3rd floor atrium of the Bossone Center.  I believe it’s free to attend.  Recommended for kids ages 10 and up.  Find out more by checking out this website: http://dasl.mem.drexel.edu/~daslIARC/?page_id=66

Hope this information has been helpful!

  • To See Part I of “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trip Ideas”  click HERE.
  • To see Part II of “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trip Ideas” click HERE.
  • To see Part III of “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trip Ideas” click HERE.
  • To see Part V of “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trip Ideas” click HERE.
  • To see Part VI of “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trip Ideas” click HERE.
  • To see Part VII of “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trip Ideas” click HERE.

Posted by Gwen Fredette on January 29th, 2013

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8 thoughts on “Phantastic Philadelphia Field Trips (Part IV)

  1. Hello, I just came across your blog and love some of these field trip suggestions! I also operate a website for children’s events, classes and activities in Philadelphia, http://www.playgroundbuzz.com and thought you might find it useful for more homeschool activities. Please feel free to share with your readers!

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