Children are our future, and the future is filled with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Foster the growth of the scientifically innovative minds in your class by bringing them on an adventure through STEM with an educational field trip to Europe. With magnificent museums, laboratories, universities, and more, students can journey through the history of science and its present, so they may be part of the future advances in technology. Whether you want to help them find their inspiration in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, or Greece, we can help you craft an unparalleled experience in STEM through the lens of our neighbors across the pond.
From the historical discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton to the modern theories of Stephen Hawking, the U.K. has brought forth numerous discoveries, inventions, and engineering wonders. The Tower Bridge and Big Ben are excellent examples of incredible engineering, especially when students learn that they were both built in the 1800s. Various technological and transportation museums are scattered about the country, including the Royal Aircraft Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the Lincolnshire Aviation Museum, the Cambridge Museum of Technology, and the U.K. Computer Museum. The United Kingdom is also home to a number of prestigious science museums, such as the Museum of Science and Industry, the Museum of the History of Science, and the Glasgow Science Center. Your students can also tour various interactive science centers like Enginuity, At-Bristol, the Discovery Museum, and others.
The discoveries made and inventions created in France range from the very first calculator to numerous elements on the periodic table (and the periodic table itself!). Museums, interactive exhibits, and collections from various fields of science can be found on a tour of France. For example, la Cité de l’espace (City of Space) allows students to explore a recreation of Ariane 5, a rocket that comes complete with a mock-up of the control room so students can experience a simulation of a rocket launch and guidance. The Micropolis (also known as “la Cité des insectes” or “city of insects”) is a museum and science center that focuses on entomology and biodiversity, another great experience for students. Meanwhile, la Musée Curie (the Curie Museum) focuses on radiological research, some of its pioneers, and the applications of radioactivity in various fields (including medicine). These and many other museums and experiences in the fields of geology, chemistry, industry, and more are available for students to explore and deepen their understanding of the importance of STEM and how it can change the world.
What do dentures, electroplating, paddle boats, thermoscopes, glasses, and batteries have in common? They were all invented (at least in their earliest forms) in Italy, home of the Renaissance. Italy is more than just home to artistic, literary, and musical inspiration; it has been the home of inventions and discoveries in science and technology that have changed the world. Middle and high school students can explore il Museo Galileo (the Galileo Museum) and the Museo Nazionale Scienze e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci (the Leonardo da Vinci National Science and Technology Museum), scientific exhibits that are dedicated to two of Italy’s most famous STEM inventors and innovators. La Citta della Scienza (the City of Science) is also available for student exploration, as well as other museums, laboratories, and more.
Though modern technologies and scientific techniques may phase in and out rapidly in the modern age, some things really do stand the test of time. Your students may be used to the concept that phones, computers, and other devices become obsolete rather quickly, but an educational STEM field trip to Greece might show them that other inventions – like the watermill, crane, tumbler lock, gears, and plumbing – can endure for hundreds or even thousands of years. These tours take students to the place where the earliest studies of zoology, geometry, physics, and other STEM fields took place and show them how these discoveries have left a lasting impact on the entire world. Take them to the Thessaloniki Science Center and Technology Museum, the Evgenidio Foundation, the OTE Museum of Telecommunications, the Museum of Geology and Paleontology of Athens University, and the Zoological Museum of the University of Athens, along with several others. Give your classes the chance to see the varied sciences from both the past and the present, and inspire them to affect the future.
European STEM tours for students have so much to offer, but planning them can be a headache. Flights, parking, hotels, security, transportation, itineraries, and more complicate what should be an enjoyable experience for you and your students. Son Tours can save you time and money and reduce the stress involved in planning an educational travel tour. We are experts at planning and running educational trips in each of our destinations, and we’ll be with you every step of the way. To see all that we offer, click here.