San Diego Automotive Museum

School Field Trips

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What do we offer?

Group trips and School field trips from grades K-8

Option 1: Self-guided tour of the museum. Your students and chaperones can check out everything the museum has to offer. A scavenger hunt will be provided to enhance the overall experience.

Option 2: Docent-led tour. Students will learn about the museum and all of the vehicles during a docent-led tour. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn fun facts about the museum and vehicles. A scavenger hunt will be provided to enhance the overall experience.

Option 3: BEGINNING FALL 2022. Starting with a docent-led tour, students will learn about the vehicles in the museum along with many fun facts! After the tour, you can add on a STEAM-focused activity led by one of our museum educators in our classroom space to enhance students’ overall museum experience. Students will be provided a scavenger hunt to do with the museum educator or to take home if time does not permit. All chaperones in ratio receive free entry. Additional chaperones out of the ratio will be charged $10.50 each.

Can’t come to us? No problem, we can Cruise to YOUR school! San Diego Automotive Museum educators will come to your school to lead an interactive STEAM-focused activity for your students!

We also offer virtual field trips, lessons, and pre-recorded activities! Take a ride along with one of our docent-led virtual field trips to get the chance to see everything the San Diego Automotive Museum has to offer. Students will see cars from various decades and learn an abundance of fun facts related to the automotive industry. You can pair the virtual field trip with a live or pre-recorded lesson led by one of our museum educators.

Pricing:

  • School field trip option 1: $5.00 per student
  • School field trip option 2: $6.50 per student
  • School field trip option 3: $10.50 per student
  • Cruise to YOUR school: $220 max 30 students
  • Virtual Live Lesson: $185 supplies with materials sent to your school

Ratios:

  • Pre-Kinder and younger, 1 chaperone per 3 students
    • Additional chaperones out of the ratio are charged $10.50
  • Kinder-Grade 4, 1 chaperone per 4 students
    • Additional chaperones out of the ratio are charged $10.50
  • Grade 5 and up, 1 chaperone per 6 students
    • Additional chaperones out of the ratio are charged $10.50

Virtual pre-recorded activity: FREE with Teacher Code

Virtual Field Trip: FREE with Teacher Code

Email gabby@sdautomuseum.org from your school email to get access to the teacher code

Lessons

  • Kindergarden-2nd grade
    • Group size: 30 students maximum
    • “If I Built a Car” Read aloud and Car Transportation Craft* (1-1.5 hours)
    • This activity begins with a read-aloud of the book “If I Built a Car” While working on fine motor skills, students will love cutting and pasting their very own car craft together. Students will have full creative freedom on how they want their car to look!
    • This activity covers Next Generation Science Standard 3-5ETS1-1 and 3-5-ETS1-2
    • *Car Transportation craft is for grades TK-K only. Grades 1-2 will learn fiscal responsibility while working on “building their own car”
  • 3rd-5th grade
    • Group size: 30 students maximum
    • Moving Motors (1 hour)
    • After learning a brief history of automobiles during the museum tour, students will use critical thinking, problem solving, and engineering to build a running motor! This collaborative activity will get students to think critically about how they are going to get their motor to run while deepening their understanding of electromagnets as they design and create their own electric motor.
    • This activity covers Next Generation Science Standard 3-PS2-4 and 4-PS3-2
  • Middle school
    • Group size: 30 students maximum
    • Self-Propelled Cars (1-1.5 hours)
    • During this guided activity, students will go through the entire engineering design process to create a car that can move on its own. Students will have the option to choose between various propulsion methods to compete against one another to create the fastest and most efficient car!
    • This activity covers Next Generation Science Standards MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-3, and MS-ETS1-4
    • To schedule a field trip, cruise to your school, or if you have any questions regarding our education programs please contact Education Manager Gabby Delaney at gabby@sdautomuseum.org