5th Grade Field Trip
By: Daniel
Edited by: Jessica

The fifth grade will be taking a field trip to the Sci-Tech Museum in Aurora. There we will be going to do hands-on learning about science such as the tides, chemical reactions, and energy. We will go to the museum on the 22nd of May. The class has also been learning about kinetic and potential energy. The class also already learned about the subatomic world (neutrons, protons, stuff like that). The way the things we have learned tie into our field trip is that the museum probably has models of atoms and there will also be presentations, some of which might be about energy.The following is my experience at the museum. Note: This part was written before the trip. The following part is written after the field trip.
Sci-Tech Museum

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The Sci-Tech Museum
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The effect of the Vin de Graaf generator

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The Bubble Enclosure exhibit


The fifth grade and I took a field trip to the Sci-Tech Museum in Aurora. The bus trip was long and boring. The only things I did on the trip to the museum was talk to my neighbor, play Uno, or sleep. After an endless hour, we finally got to the museum. It was far from what I expected. We first had a presentation about the rules (What, you didn't expect that?). After that, we went crazy. We started exploring the first floor. There was an exhibit showing how gravity affects objects. Then there was an exhibit called the Shadow Wall. There was a projector there and you could make shadows and take pictures of them. There was also a weather exhibit where you could observe a miniature tornado made out of mist. There was also an exhibit where you could actually use a radar gun. There even was a bubble station where you could make sheets of soap and blow on them. After we explored the main level, we went upstairs. There, there were even more exhibits, like an optical illusions exhibit with the (dramatic pause) Impossible Triangle! Nice, right? Then I explored some more and found a radioactivity exhibit. There were a number of ordinary household items and a Geiger Counter, an instrument used to measure radioactivity. And guess which household item was the most radioactive? The teacup. (Whaaaaa?) Like, how is that even possible? Then we had lunch. Lunch was downstairs in the basement, which nobody ever explored, so when we finished eating, we explored the history exhibits downstairs. I didn't find it interesting, so I went back upstairs. There I found the magnet exhibits. There I distorted a TV screen with a magnet, slowed down a copper wheel using only a magnet, and made a battery out of myself (Nice, right?). Then we had to go back to school. The trip back was more enjoyable because I had something to talk about, and I played Uno to pass the time. Once we were back at school, it was the end of the day, so we packed up and went home. So all in all, the trip, in my opinion, was epic. I recommend going to this museum if you love science.