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Study Trips 2021-2022

Things to know about Study Trips to Science Central

Group Size: due to current circumstances Science Central cannot host group OVER the size of 60 total persons on Thursday and Fridays.
If you group is larger than 60 please look to a Tuesday or Wednesday. 

Costs: have not changed for our current year, at this time, however there will be a cost increase in the future. Once you have confirmed your Study Trip, your schedule group will be 'grandfathered' into the pricing quoted.

  • Current cost:
    • Admission for Students - $5.00
    • Admission for Chaperones - $5.00
    • Admission for Teachers - $0.00
    • Demonstration Programs for Students - $2.00
      • There is no cost of programs to Chaperones and Teachers
      • At this time, we are not able to perform labs during a Study Trip visit.  

Program Policy & FAQ
Please read over these important disclosures.
Then click the link below for Step 2

CLICK HERE FOR REQUESTING YOUR STUDY TRIP

Program Policy FAQ
Study Trip Pricing Criteria What is the ideal adult to student ratio for a Study Trip?
Registration Deadline How will my students be grouped?
Minimum Numbers What happens when we arrive?
Programming Confirmations         What happens if my expected number of students or chaperones changes after registration?
Admission Discounts What if our school has a weather delay or cancellation on the day of our visit?
Cancellation Policy Do Science Central Members get charged for a Study Trip?
Payments Can coupons or discounts be applied toward Study Trip admissions?
Adult/Child Ratio  
Late Arrivals  
Unscheduled Programming  
Photo Policy  
Covid-19 Policy  

 

Program Policy

Study Trip Pricing Criteria

Only schools recognized by their state's Department of Education qualify for Science Central's Basic Study Trip pricing. Must be accredited.

  • In Indiana, schools must be listed as accredited on the Indiana Department of Education's Compass website (click here).
  • In Michigan, schools must be listed on the Michigan Center for Educational Performance and Information website (click here).
  • In Ohio, schools must be listed on the Ohio Department of Education's website (click here).

Organizations receiving federal or state funding to provide Pre-K education and institutions of higher education also qualify for the school rate. Study trip rates are only available during the standard school curriculum year (August through mid-June).

Non-profit organizations are eligible to receive our Non-Profit Rate, all other groups can arrange for discounted trips under our Group Pricing Plan.

 

Registration Deadline

You must schedule at least three (3) weeks prior to the date of your visit.

 

Minimum Numbers

The minimum number of students for a Study Trip is fifteen (15).  Chaperones and teachers do not count toward the total.  All programming follows a minimum number of 15 students as well.  If you arrive with less than 15 students, there are two options.

  1. Pay the cost for the missing students in both admission and program charges.
  2. Move to the next qualifying rate, be it non-profit with proof, or standard group rate, this would apply to programming as well.
  3. The maximum number of person for any one group is approximately 200, this would include and all persons, Students, Chaperons and Teachers.

 

Programming Confirmations

Please check your confirmation email carefully.  Science Central will make every reasonable attempt to confirm that a school's pre-scheduled visit goes as we have planned.  Unfortunately, due to the availability of educational staff and scheduling needs, Science Central will not be able to provide programming such as demos to schools on the day of a visit if it was not listed on the confirmation email.

 

Admission Discounts

Study Trip admission for Science Central Members is covered. No other admission discount is applicable.

 

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel a registration, you must call or email with your confirmation number two weeks prior to the date of your visit.  Cancellation 2 weeks or less from the date of visit will incur a cancellation fee. The cancellation fee will be 50% of total visit cost (at time of booking). Weather-related cancellations are an exception and will be rescheduled at no additional charge.
Science Central reserves the right to cancel any and all scheduled groups and/or programs without notice due to any deemed circumstances.

 

Payments

To make your visit more enjoyable, Science Central invoices all groups post visit. On the day of your visit, please confirm the actual number of students and chaperones at admissions. Any chaperones not arriving with the group and paying separately the day of will be counted as general visitors and not as a part of your group. Therefore, chaperones paying separately are charged the regular, full admission rate.

 

Adult/Child Ratio

Pre-K requires a 1:5 adult to student ratio. All other grades require a 1:8 ratio.

 

Late Arrivals

While we will make every attempt possible to accommodate you, your special programming may not be available if you arrive late.

 

Unscheduled Programming

Due to the availability of educational staff and scheduling needs, Science Central will not be able to provide programming such as demos to schools on the day of a visit if it was not listed on the confirmation email.

 

Photo Policy

Science Central and the media frequently take photos/videos of visitors which may be used for future Science Central promotions or publicity.  These photos may be used without your consent and without compensation.  If you do not want your image used, please avoid photographers and inform them of your desire.  As a visitor, you are welcome to take photos for non-commercial use at Science Central.

 

Covid-19 Policy

 "SCIENCE CENTRAL HAS TAKEN ENHANCED HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES - FOR VISITORS AND STAFF.  AN INHERENT RISK OF EXPOSURE TO COVID-19 EXISTS IN ANY PUBLIC PLACE WHERE PEOPLE ARE PRESENT.  BY VISITING SCIENCE CENTRAL, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THE CONTAGIOUS NATURE OF THE VIRUS AND ASSUME ALL RISKS RELATED TO EXPOSURE TO COVID-19."

Due to circumstances, Science Central reserves the right to change, alter, and or cancel schedule events or groups at Science Central’s discretion.

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FAQ

What is the ideal adult to student ratio for a Study Trip?

Pre-K requires a 1:5 adult to student ratio. All other grades require a 1:8 ratio.

 

How will my students be grouped?

If your Study Trip includes a demonstration, your students might be grouped according to this table.

  1 Group 2 Groups 3 Groups
Demo 0-64
students
65-128
students
129-192
students

Science Central reserves the right to modify these numbers as necessary.

 

What happens when we arrive?

Upon arrival, one teacher should proceed to the Admissions Desk.  Students should remain on the bus for an orientation by our staff.  Please bring your confirmation letter and final numbers (students/chaperones/teachers).

 

What happens if my expected number of students or chaperones changes after registration?

If your expected number of students or chaperones changes by five (5) or more, please contact Science Central.

 

What if our school has a weather delay or cancellation on the day of our visit?

If you are unable to attend on the date of a scheduled Study Trip due to a school weather delay or cancellation, please contact Science Central as soon as possible.  We will help reschedule your visit.

 

Do Science Central Members get charged for a Study Trip?

Science Central Memberships may be used toward Study Trip admissions with the Member owing for any additional programming costs.  ASTC memberships are not valid toward Study Trip admissions.

 

Can coupons or discounts be applied toward Study Trip admissions?

General admission coupons and discounts are not valid toward Study Trip admissions.

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