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Inspiring STEM Student Travel

STEM continues to dominate education, and student-friendly destinations are taking notice. Innovative partnerships and curricula are emerging in unexpected places. As you begin to plan your STEM student travel, consider one of these exceptional cities…

Cleveland

Cleveland has a long-standing reputation as a great student destination. It’s also making its mark in the STEM fields as well. The Cleveland Clinic welcomes students interested in the fields of health and science. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame offers classes focused on the fine arts, mathematics, science and technology. The Great Lakes Science Center offers a ton of programs fueled by STEM learning. The Greater Cleveland Aquarium also hosts a ton of workshops and classes designed with the aquatic sciences in mind. Cleveland is a hotbed of great attractions and STEM activities!

Chicago

Chicago has some truly inspiring STEM programs. Loyola University has partnered with iD Tech to offer students aged 7-17 a chance to code, design video games, create with Roblox, engineer robots and more. Students stay in dorms and experience the college lifestyle as part of a summer experience. The Museum of Science and Industry is packed with opportunities year-round to learn science, technology, engineering and math. Chicago is also a literal study in engineering.  It’s home to the modern skyscraper and innovative designs that have shaped American architecture. It’s an amazing city for STEM-related experiences.

Houston

Everything’s bigger in Texas, including its STEM adventures! Check out the NASA Johnson Space Center for an in-depth look at America’s space flight program. The center hosts programs geared for students of all ages and interests, with a special emphasis on STEM. The Houston Museum of Natural Science features engaging exhibits and workshops with a direct emphasis on the sciences. The museum also hosts programs like STEM/Nova Overnight and Student STEM Ambassador for more in-depth experiences. Students with an interest in the health sciences can check out the DeBakey High School for Health Professions.  Started in 1972 in partnership with Baylor College of Medicine, It’s one of the strongest college prep schools in Texas. Student groups interested in the science and health professions can request a visit.

STEM Travel Beyond Expectations

STEM-based student travel is limited only by your imagination. There are so many opportunities to be creative- don’t settle for a pre-planned cookie cutter trip! Kaleidoscope Adventures will help you customize a STEM experience your students won’t soon forget. Call the KA team of experts at 407-345-4899 for travel beyond expectations!

To Infinity and … Space Camp!

Most of us have dreamed of being an astronaut at one point or another in our lives. I used to imagine what it would be like to float gracefully in outer space while looking down on the earth. Now my fantasy just involves being weightless. I digress.  Interest in space exploration continues to explode as part of the STEM movement. There are tons of incredible opportunities for making space science a part of educational travel. Check out these space camp opportunities…

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Titusville, FL

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers education focused learning specializing in STEM at its best. Through exciting and educational adventures, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex invites students to experience field trips, private educational programs, Overnight Adventures, Camp KSC, and so much more. Located on Florida’s Space Coast, the possibilities for fun and excitement are truly out of this world!

U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama offers a world of scientific wonder and space exploration. Space Camp® is designed for campers aged 9-11.  It highlights real world applications for science, technology, engineering and math. Explorers aged 12- 14 will experience firsthand the future of space travel.  They’ll solve challenges associated with a mission at Space Academy®. Advanced Space Academy® is for students aged 15-18 who want to explore college and career prep through an immersive STEM experience. The U.S. Space and Rocket Center hosts intensive aviation, robotics and cyber camps as well. One you hang up your space suit for the day, check out all that Huntsville has to offer!

Virginia Space Flight Academy in Wallops Island, VA

The Virginia Space Flight Academy offers six, week-long residential summer camps in 2019 for students aged 11-15. Laser focused on rocketry and robotics, these camps will challenge, excite and engage young minds using CAD design, 3D printers and Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits. Field trips are part of the fun as well.  They include stops at the nearby NASA Wallops Flight Facility, the NOAA weather facility and the Navy’s Surface Combat System Center. It’s an immersive experience for young men and women interested in STEM.

Space camps are a great way to encourage an interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They are also a fantastic opportunity to travel with an emphasis on education. Kaleidoscope Adventures, your trusted travel partner, is a leader in the STEM travel movement. Contact the experts at Kaleidoscope at 407-345-4899 to help you plan a unique, curriculum-based experience. The possibilities are infinite… and beyond!

Plan Your Student STEM Trip to Birmingham for Great STEM Attractions

If you are planning a student group trip, chances are good that your district will require a STEM component. You may even be planning an exclusively STEM trip. If youre not competing in a robotics competition, where do you begin searching for a destination that meets your requirements? Birmingham, Alabama is a great starting point! Rooted firmly in the 19th century steel industry and evolving into a city undergoing a renaissance, Birmingham has an extensive and varied offering of outstanding STEM-related attractions. Below are some highlights to consider as you plan your student STEM trip to Birmingham.

Photo Courtesy of Art Meripol and the Greater Birmingham CVB

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
Built in 1881 and operational by April 1882, the Sloss Blast Furnace was a technological marvel of its era. Today students can tour the site of this monument to the industrial revolution and learn how the furnace worked, the historical significance of the plant in Birminghams development, and what it was like to be a worker during production. Theres even an opportunity to make a piece of cast iron art!

Photo Courtesy of Ted Tucker and the Greater Birmingham CVB

Vulcan Park and Museum
Follow your visit to the Sloss Furnaces with a trip to the Vulcan Statue and Museum. Created by Giuseppe Morettti, the Vulcan depicts the Roman god of fire and forge and stands 56 feet tall. This cast iron statue reflects Birminghams steel and iron heritage and allows for spectacular views of Birmingham. The museum below is an interactive museum highlighting the history of both the city and the Vulcan.

Photo Courtesy of Ted Tucker and the Greater Birmingham CVB

The McWane Science Center
The McWane Science Center will quickly take your students from the 19th to the 21st century. Exhibits at this state-of-the-art center are designed to challenge, inspire and encourage interest in the sciences. Take in multiple levels of hands-on STEM activities perfect for kids of all ages!

Photo Courtesy of Ted Tucker and the Greater Birmingham CVB

Barber Vintage MotorSports Museum
Opened in 1995 by retired race car driver George Barber, this unrivaled collection of restored-to-racing condition motorcycles constitute the worlds largest motorcycle collection (more than 1400!). The bikes represent 200 manufacturers from approximately 20 countries and were even part of a display at The Guggenheim. Its an unusual and unique look at some pristine machinery!

Photo Courtesy of Art Meripol and the Greater Birmingham CVB

Southern Museum of Flight
The Southern Museum of Flight is a regional gem dedicated to sharing the history of aviation in the south. Exhibits include civilian, military and experimental aircraft and memorabilia. There are more than 100 aircraft on display, as well as a tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen.

Photo Courtesy of Ted Tucker and the Greater Birmingham CVB

Birmingham Botanical Gardens
The word STEM often connotes thoughts of technology or robotics. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens will have you thinking outside the flower box! They offer fabulous educational programs and workshops that dig in to the science of horticulture. Admission is always free, the gardens are open year-round, and they even have the only public horticultural library in the U.S.

As you begin to plan your STEM adventures, keep Birmingham in mind for a one-of-a-kind trip. Theres so much to see and do beyond these few suggestions. The kids will love the engaging attractions, history and southern hospitality. Youll love that youve met your curricular requirements in one amazing city!

Kaleidoscope Adventures, a leader in student travel, is ready to help plan your Birmingham STEM trip. More than 25 years of experience and a former teacher at the helm means KA is equipped to handle your every need with ease. Trust the experts at Kaleidoscope Adventures to make your class trip one your students will remember for years to come! Contact KA at (800) 774-7337 or email info@kaleidoscopeadventures.com.