Investigate Mount St. Helens with us in a live, interactive, and thought-provoking virtual field trip program! While we cannot visit the mountain in person, you and your students can visit in the next best way - in an interactive 360-degree virtual environment!
Our virtual field trip packages are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, are directed by student observations, and come with ready-to-use lessons plans for before and after your field trip with us. Our virtual field trip package combines synchronous and asynchronous segments to enhance the student experience.
Live Field Trip Duration: 45 min to 1 hour
Suitable for: Students Grades 4-8
Cost: $125 per class group, up to 30 students. Financial assistance is available for qualifying groups.
Virtual Field Trip Package Includes:
GEOLOGY: Building Up & Breaking Down
photo credit: Jack Smith, Associated Press
What causes landforms to build up and break down? Students will explore the ways that different forces of geology change the shape of the land.
The elementary school field trip package supports the NGSS Performance Expectations 4-ESS1-1.
The middle school field trip package supports the NGSS Performance Expectation MS-ESS2-2.
ECOLOGY: Renewal of Life
Our pre-field trip activity includes pre-recorded videos about the 1980 eruption and a follow-up activity to review the events of the 1980 eruption. OPTIONAL: We provide links to the 360 virtual field trip space for students to explore field sites around Mount St. Helens in advance of the live session. This allows students time to explore the virtual field trip space at their own pace.
A Mount St. Helens Institute educator will lead your students on a tour of various field sites around Mount St. Helens in the virtual 360 environment. This session is hosted on a video conferencing platform of your choice. At each field site, students will be asked to make observations, and explore photos, video, and other media that provide evidence to learn about processes that shape the site.
Our field trips are designed to minimize lecture time and to maximize time for students to make observations, practice scientific thinking, and engage in group conversations. Our educators will be the “guide on the side” as the entire class visits each site together, shares what they noticed and what they thought about it. There will be time for Q&A.
Our educator will lead a slightly different program depending on whether students have or have not explored the virtual field trip space in advance of the live session.
Our 360 virtual field trip space is built from 360-degree photos and videos that allow students to explore in all directions.
Our 360 virtual field trip space includes embedded forms for students to record their observations and ideas. Student responses are recorded in Google Sheets and shared with teachers as a tool for participation and assessment.
Our 360 virtual field trip space includes clickable icons that pop up with photos and videos to provide evidence and support student sense-making at their site.
We provide links for students to explore the virtual 360 space on their own after the live session, as well as links for post-field trip activities. Post-field trip activities ask students to reflect on what they learned and apply lessons from Mount St. Helens to other landscapes.
Yes. Our virtual field trip package provides links for you and your students to access the virtual 360 environment before and after your live program. These links will remain available for the remainder of your school semester.
It is possible to access the 360 virtual environment offline. We can provide a copy of the virtual field trip as an executable file that works on Windows or Mac.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the best solution to replace the live session. This could include a 1-on-1 session with the teacher or providing some written responses to student questions.
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