TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 17 ,
2014) – This spring semester, Tallahassee Community College invites elementary
and middle school students to visit the TCC STEM Gym (science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics) for a spectacular field trip opportunity.
Visitors will work like real
scientists to create fun experiments, develop questions and solve problems
through hands-on science, math and engineering activities.
Field trip opportunities are available
on Tuesdays and Thursdays and must be booked at least a week in advance. The
entry fee is $4 per student and free for chaperones. The hours of operation are
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The lab is located in the TCC Science and Math building
The STEM Gym features
educational activities such as:
Hummer – recreate the sound of a swarm of bees with a homemade toy
Magic – discover the secret colors hidden in a black marker
Blast – create a simple rocket and demonstrate how the finished model will fly
Laughing Cup – students will make a “cuica”—a musical instrument from Brazil
Speaker – make your own speaker to demonstrate electromagnetism and vibration
Balloons – explore globes of frozen water
- interact with the jitterbug, a simple motorized toy made of a recycled CD and
a DC motor.
Helicopters – assemble a simple paper toy that functions like a mini-helicopter
Sandwich – adjust the pitch of the crowd-pleasing noisemaker to play with
Down Motor – explore this easy-to-make version of an electric motor
Ring Activity – students will learn how to determine the age of a tree and
understand other aspects that influences its growth.
Bottle Membrane - use a water bottle and a paper tube to make an instrument
that’s very much like a saxophone and gain an understanding of how the wind
Watcher – create your own cartoon with a stroboscope
This field trip is an excellent
opportunity for schools and teachers who wish to present science and technology
to their students in a fun, engaging way. This hands-on field trip could create
a memorable, rewarding experience that could spark a lifelong love or future
career plans in the sciences.
Please contact Amy Parks at
(850) 201-6180 or firstname.lastname@example.org
to schedule a field trip.