Curriculum-Embedded STEM Experiences

STEM experiences have been built into City Schools’ curriculum for all students. The experiences are designed to enhance the curriculum and consist of in-person field trips, virtual experiences, and in-school experiences.

Baltimore City Public Schools staff can request a STEM experience for their school. Free transportation will be provided to one in-person field trip per school while funding lasts.

Please note that you must be logged into Google with your City Schools account to request a STEM Experience. For additional information about scheduling a trip please contact Kwame Abdul-Hamid (KAbdul-Hamid@bcps.k12.md.us).


Kindergarten


Class: Science

Unit 2: Mini-Golf

Location: Maryland Science Center (Field Trip)

Self-Guided Tour: Students will engage in hands-on investigations of force and motion during a self-guided tour of the Newton’s Alley and Science & Main exhibits.

Limitations: Only available on Fridays

Cost: $7.50 per student and free for chaperones


1st Grade


Class: Science

Unit 2: Can You See the Light?

Location: Baltimore Museum of Industry (Field Trip or Classroom Visit)

Lights On: Students explore the use of light as a communication method. They start by touring the museum to see how light and sound have been used historically to communicate, and then they build their own light communication device.

Cost: $5 per student at the museum, $10 per student for classroom visits, and $9 per chaperone (fees could be waived or reduced)


2nd Grade


Class: Science

Unit 1: What do Plants Need?

Location: Rawlings Conservatory <– Not Available this Year

Little Leaves (What Plants Need): Students learn about biomes as they visit three biomes in the Conservatory. They get to touch and smell different plants and the fruits they produce. Students look for how plants are different and draw pictures of specific adaptations plants have developed to survive. Next students design a cactus from clay and create a small terrarium (with a plant) which they get to take home.

Cost: Free


Class: Science

Unit 1: What do Plants Need?

Location: Great Kids Farm (Field Trip)

Description: Free in-person field trips to Great Kids Farm are available for all Baltimore City Public Schools with students in kindergarten-5th grade (limit: one trip per school). On the trip, students will experience curriculum-aligned, hands-on learning with plants, animals, and land at Great Kids Farm, a 33-acre educational site owned and operated by City Schools.

Cost: Free


3rd Grade


Class: Science

Science Unit 3: Survival of the Fittest

Location: Maryland Zoo (Field Trip)

Self-Guided Tour: Teachers lead a self-guided tour of the zoo designed by zoo educators. Students focus on how elements of zoo habitats meet animals’ needs and consider how to design habitats.

Cost: Free

Registration: Schools must request an experience through this form and register through the Zoo website for this field trip.

Chaperones: One adult chaperone (teacher or other adult) is required for every 8 students and will receive free admission. Additional chaperones will have to pay for admission.


4th Grade


Class: Science

Unit 1: It’s Electric

Location: National Electronics Museum (Field Trip) <- May not be available in 2021-2022

Light Sources and Snap Circuits: Students measure and observe light output of various light sources, design and test series and parallel circuits with snap circuits, and take a guided tour of the museum.

Cost: $7 per student


5th Grade


Class: Science

Unit 5: Save the Bay

Location: Inner Harbor with the Waterfront Partnership (Field Trip)

Inner Harbor EcoTour: The harbor is full of life, and there are lots of projects helping to make it a healthy and safe place for people and wildlife. Students learn about curriculum-related green infrastructure and innovations on a casual walking tour of the Inner Harbor.

Cost: Free


Location: Disembark from the Canton Waterfront Park on the Snow Goose, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s floating classroom

Class: Science

Unit 5: Save the Bay

Baltimore Harbor Environmental Education Program: Onboard the Snow Goose, students investigate environmental issues and trends within the context of urban ecology. While on the water, students learn about the fragility and resiliency of ecosystems under the pressure of a modern working river.

Cost: Free


6th Grade


Class: Science

Unit 3: Where Have All the Creatures Gone?

Location: National Aquarium (Field Trip or Virtual Experience)

What Lives in the Harbor: Students learn about the Chesapeake Bay watershed and research animal species that could live in the Chesapeake Bay. They then test the water quality of the Baltimore Harbor to predict which animals live in the harbor. Students then conduct an animal survey to test their predictions. After the investigation, students implement an action project to improve the water quality in the harbor.

Cost: Free

Registration: Schools must request an experience through this form and register through the aquarium website for this field trip.

Transportation: The aquarium will provide transportation so schools can register for this field trip and still be eligible for free transportation for another field trip.


7th Grade


Class: Science

Unit 2: Why Do Some Things Stop While Others Keep Going?

Location: Maryland Science Center (Field Trip)

Self-Guided Tour: Students will learn about electrical power during a self-guided tour of the Power Up energy exhibit.

Cost: $7.50 per student and free for chaperones

Contact: Alysia Korn, akorn@mdsci.org


8th Grade


Class: Science

Unit 2: Why Do Organisms Look the Way They Do?

Location: In-school experience led by staff from the Carnegie Institution for Science

BioEYES: A week-long hands-on science program where students observe live zebrafish and raise their embryos, which hatch out and have observable heartbeats in only three days.

Transportation: Since no transportation is required for an in-school experience, schools can register for this experience and still be eligible for free transportation for another field trip.

Cost: Free

Contact: Valerie Butler, vbutler@carnegiescience.edu


9th Grade


Class: Biology

Unit 6: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

Location: Local waterway or Great Kids Farm (Field Trip)

Water Quality Testing: Students test the water quality of a local waterway or the stream at Great Kids Farm.

Cost: Free


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