Schedule your field trip now; dates fill up fast! Field trips include a museum tour, hands-on activity, engine demonstration, and train ride. Field trips are developed and implemented by educators who will make the most of your time away from the classroom. All activities are tailored for the grade level of visiting students.
Did you know we have programs for high school students? From electricity to mechanics to career exploration, inspire students with hands-on experiences at The Collection on Palmetto.
Every field trip contains a lab portion in which students engage in hands-on activities. To the right, students participate in a circuit board activity demonstrating principles that are useful in careers and in everyday life.
As former educators, engineers, inventors, mechanics and machinists, education around technology is very important to us. Teachers, what topics are of interest to you and your students?
We are on the Pinellas County Schools approved field trip destination list. We are conveniently located in Clearwater.
We aligned our activities with Florida standards, so you can feel confident about bringing your students.
Field trips last about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
Your field trip will include the following: automobile museum visit, engine demonstrations, hands-on activity, and a train ride (and train museum). Your students will honk a bulb horn, blow a steam whistle, shovel coal and sit in a 100-year-old car.
Student admission is $10. Teachers and chaperones (one per 10 students) receive complimentary admission.
We have beautiful grounds, a scenic lake with a fountain, and picnic tables where students can enjoy their bagged lunches.
It takes energy to change the motion of objects; The motion of objects can be changed by forces (SC.2.P.13; SC.4.P.8; SC.4.P.12; SC.5.P.8; SC.5.P.12)
Students will learn that it takes energy to change the motion of objects. Forces applied to objects can be increased through the use of simple machines. Students will experiment with simple machines and exert forces on objects to change their motion in this hands-on lab.
Students use cars and ramps to demonstrate an object in motion always changes its position and may change direction. Students record data about the speed of objects. Students will observe the faster an object moves, the more energy it has. This activity is recommended for younger students (NGSS 4-PS3-A).
Energy exists in many forms and has the ability to do work or cause a change; Waves involve a transfer of energy without a transfer of matter (SC.2.P.10; SC.3.P.10; SC.3.P.11; SC.4.P.11; SC.5.P.10; SC.5.P.11)
Students construct an electrical circuit using a series connection and a switch to power a light emitting diode. This is one example of how electricity provides energy for everyday activities. Discover how other forms of energy power automobiles. Observe that energy can be transferred by electric currents (NGSS 4-PS3-2).
Students use solar energy to provide power for several activities including race cars, fans, time-keeping devices and more. Learn about how other forms of energy power automobiles. Discuss how solar energy could be used to provide power for everyday activities. Understand that light transfers energy (NGSS 4-PS3-2; 4-PS3-4).
All objects and substances in the world are made of matter. Matter has two fundamental properties: matter takes up space and matter has mass. Objects and substances can be classified by their physical and chemical properties( SC.4.P.8 )
Students experiment with magnets and build an electromagnet. Maglev technology is explored in the context of methods of propulsion (specifically steam, gas electromagnetic trains). Investigate and describe that magnets can attract magnetic materials and attract and repel other magnets.SC.4.P.8.4; NGSS 5-PS1-4)
Identify entrepreneurs who have influenced Florida and its local economy; Analyze primary and secondary sources (SS.4.E.1.1; SS.4.A.1.1)
Ride the rails through time along the same route Florida pioneers used to import and export citrus, timber and fertilizer. Participate in the shipping of goods. Discover how the Orange Belt Railway and its developer, Peter Demens, brought economic development to towns along West Central Florida.
Expand your understanding of the Orange Belt Railway with an exploration of steam in transportation at the turn of the century. Learn about how steam powered trains, automobiles and industrial engines over a hundred years ago through live steam demonstrations.
Identify entrepreneurs who have influenced Florida; Describe the contributions of significant individuals to Florida; Explain the effects of technological advances on Florida; Identify factors that increase economic growth (SS.4.E.1.1; SS.4.A.4.1; SS.4.A.6.1; SS.6.E.1.1)
Build your own model car on an assembly line. Learn how Henry Ford's production model changed the face of industry and propelled our country away from farms and toward major economic growth. Explore a collection of turn of the century vehicles and pile into a Model-T Ford with your friends for a blast from the past photo op. This field trip includes a take-home project and additional fee of $5.
Discover how stationary engines powered our country on the field and in the factory. Take part in a live demonstration of steam and gas engines generating power through belts and line shafts. Be awed by the power of a Corliss engine with a 12 foot flywheel turning. See how steam has evolved over two hundred years and imagine how sources of energy will power our country in the future.
Learn about simple machines and their application in technology. Hands-on activities reinforce basic concepts.
Use a voltmeter to test the amperes and voltage of a circuit. Learn about safety around electricity.
Use magnetism and electricity to create a motor.
Discover the amazing progression of technology in American automobiles. Observe working engines and learn about their uses in the 1900s.
Create a model car on an assembly line. Or learn about Ford's assembly line with from Henry Ford himself.
Ride the Orange Belt Railway from Sanford to St. Petersburg. Discover how the Orange Belt Railway delivered goods and passengers across our county.
Discover the amazing progression of technology in early American automobiles. Observe working engines and learn about their uses in the 1900s.
Learn about mural art and create your own scaled-down scenes.
This program is in development. Explore art, design and photography through the early 1900s. Bring your camera for a photographic opportunity unlike any other.
All Field trips include Automobiles and Engines of the early 1900s