At the School of Earth and Space Exploration, we are committed to science literacy. While we are usually able to offer K-12 field trips and related activities in person, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have continued our activities via virtual platforms, which are free and open to the public, teachers, and students. Check out details on these activities on our EVENTS PAGE. For additional educational resources from throughout ASU, visit ASU for You.
K-12 Field Trip Program
In an effort to ensure everyone’s safety and health at this time, the School of Earth and Space Exploration has regretfully made the decision to postpone K-12 field trips until further notice.
The School of Earth and Space Exploration offers field trip opportunities for science classes from kindergarten through high school. Our science and technology enrichment experience includes a 3D astronomy show and facility tours designed to reinforce the spirit of scientific inquiry and exploration.
The headquarters of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration is in the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV, located on ASU’s Tempe Campus. The first and second floors of this flagship building are dedicated to education and public outreach and include a 3D theater and planetarium, Earth and space exploration exhibit galleries, an extensive meteorite collection, and windowed views into working research laboratories.
Our K-12 field trip program is designed to:
- Provide an interactive, high-impact and motivational experience
- Encourage a STEM education/career attitudinal shift
- Provide supplemental K-12 STEM education correlated to education standards
- Provide exposure to “real-world” scientific exploration
The School of Earth and Space Exploration’s unique K-12 experience includes a 3D astronomy show in the Marston Exploration Theater and educationally relevant tours, led by ASU students. These are designed to reinforce the spirit of scientific inquiry and exploration. Activities are correlated to the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.
Onsite visits typically include 2 to 2.5 hours of program and tours, followed by a lunch break, before boarding buses to return to school. Normally, school groups arrive between 9:30 am and 10:00 am, and are ready to leave by 1:15 pm. We are flexible and can usually adjust for special circumstances.
Walking tours to other ASU School of Earth and Space facilities can be organized. This activity is typically appropriate for older students.
Scheduling and Costs
Tours are scheduled Tuesdays and Thursdays most weeks of the year and cost $8.00 per student. A modified program is now available on Monday and Wednesday mornings for a limited group size and targeted to older students.
Questions and Reservations
For questions or to reserve a field trip for your school, please call or e-mail us.
Phone: (480) 727-4729
Schedule a Tour of our Facilities
More than 30,000 people visit us each year. In addition to field trip opportunities, we welcome families and individuals of all ages to tour our buildings. In the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB4), check out our planetarium shows and free lectures, and visit the Meteorite Gallery. Tour our Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Science Operations Center and the Mars Space Flight Facility.