Field Trips

SPARK Education generates science that sticks!

SPARK Museum offers two great options for classrooms of all sizes and students of all subjects. Our field trips are best suited for grades 3 and up.

We believe every student should be excited about science; it’s our goal to help students launch into a lifetime of discovery and self-learning. Through dynamic demonstrations, students of all ages can learn basic physical science concepts, often at a crucial point in their development. At SPARK Museum in downtown Bellingham, they discover that science is fun (really!), interesting, and approachable. This is “science that sticks” for students that is presented in a way that inspires everyone to think like a scientist.

Your customized school field trip experience will be carefully curated to accommodate grade level, whether you’re an elementary school from Anacortes, a middle school from Seattle or high school in Lynden or a college near Spokane. We can prepare interactive and educational programs that emphasize specific subjects on request (i.e. magnetism, sound, American history, etc.)

To request an interactive, fun and educational field trip experienced that is designed for your students, or use the form at the bottom of this page or contact Abby abby@sparkmuseum.org or 360-738-3886.

Field Trip option 1: Best Option

Powerhouse Electrical Show featuring The MegaZapper!

What is lightning? Can electrical energy be sent without wires? How do we know what we know? There is a method!

This jampacked 90-minute educational field trip is designed to inspire a lifetime appreciation for science through a string of mind-blowing demonstrations, all created and performed live and featuring early static electricity machines, vintage electronic musical instruments and recording devices, the discovery of electromagnets, the historic AC/DC war of the currents, and a variety of fantastic lightning machines, including The MegaZapper—one of the largest Tesla coils in the country. To know this science is to love it, and there is no better place to get it than the Powerhouse Electrical Show.

  • Grades 2 and up
  • Cost: $8 per person for grades 3-12
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Available: Year-round, Wednesday through Friday
  • Minimum of 15, maximum of 80
  • Time in the galleries can be included for smaller groups as museum staffing allows
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Field Trip option 2:Small Group Option

Gallery Tour, Featuring the MegaZapper

Your students will be amazed and inspired by a guided museum experience that is designed for all ages and backgrounds. The Gallery Tour is designed for smaller groups able to maneuver through the Museum's galleries. These tours can include demonstrations with early electrical devices, a visit to our static electricity lab, exploring Edison cylinder phonographs, trying your hand (literally!) at playing a vintage electronic musical instrument, and learning the history of telephone and telegraph technology.

A portion of this 90-minute tour will feature a Tesla coil demonstration MegaZapper, which is one of the largest Tesla coils in the country. It’s massively impressive!

  • Ages: Kindergarten through college
  • Cost: $8 per person for grades K-12
  • Duration: 90 minutes (age appropriate)
  • Available: Year-round; Wednesday through Friday
  • Minimum of 12, maximum of 30
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