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Science Central recognizes that our Mission to be a regional resource that provides inspiring and fun hands-on science education for all people of all ages is as important as your health and safety.

As we begin making plans, with the goal of being able to reopen soon, Science Central is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for staff and our visitors, even as we navigate through this challenging time.

Upon reopening we would hope that your families and friends see us as a safe and engaging venue of informal science education. Let’s all use the best defense we have, knowledge. Let’s remember that the COVID-19 virus is still with us and just as concerning as before the state put into place a measured return to a ‘new’ normal. Join with us in fighting this international crisis.

We encourage our community to be aware of your behavior, be safe in your interactions and know what your choices are before engaging. Practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others. Continue to practice healthy habits to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Continue to practice healthy habits to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean and then disinfect frequently used surfaces
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Avoid touching your face

Learn more about staying safe and healthy at cdc.gov/covid19

Science Cenral Staff

UPDATE 5/18/2020:  Onsite Summer STEM Camps from June 8th through June 28th have been canceled, but we are offering new activities. These will include science kits you can do at home as well as live interaction with Science Central educators. If you are registered for any of these programs you will be contacted soon!

TO HELP KEEP US STRONG DONATIONS AT THIS TIME WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED

Updated 5/8/2020.

Program Policy & FAQ
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Program Policy FAQ
Study Trip Pricing Criteria What is the ideal adult to student ratio for a Study Trip?
Registration Deadline How will my students be grouped?
Minimum Numbers What happens when we arrive?
Programming Confirmations         What happens if my expected number of students or chaperones changes after registration?
Admission Discounts What if our school has a weather delay or cancellation on the day of our visit?
Cancellation Policy Do Science Central Members get charged for a Study Trip?
Payments Can coupons or discounts be applied toward Study Trip admissions?
Adult/Child Ratio  
Late Arrivals  
Unscheduled Programming  
Photo Policy  

 

Program Policy

Study Trip Pricing Criteria

Only schools recognized by their state's Department of Education qualify for Science Central's Basic Study Trip pricing.

  • In Indiana, schools must be listed as accredited on the Indiana Department onf Education's Compass website (click here).
  • In Michigan, schools must be listed on the Michigan Center for Educational Performance and Information website (click here).
  • In Ohio, schools must be listed on the Ohio Department of Education's website (click here).

Organizations receiving federal or state funding to provide Pre-K education and institutions of higher education also qualify for the school rate. Study trip rates are only available during the standard school curriculum year (August through mid-June).

Non-profit organizations are eligible to receive our Non-Profit Rate, all other groups can arrange for discounted trips under our Group Pricing Plan.

 

Registration Deadline

You must schedule at least three (3) weeks prior to the date of your visit.

 

Minimum Numbers

The minimum number of students for a Study Trip is fifteen (15).  Chaperones and teachers do not count toward the total.  All programming follows a minimum number of 15 students as well.  If you arrive with less than 15 students, there are two options.

  1. Pay the cost for the missing students in both admission and program charges.
  2. Move to the next qualifying rate, be it non-profit with proof, or standard group rate, this would apply to programming as well.

 

Programming Confirmations

Please check your confirmation email carefully.  Science Central will make every reasonable attempt to confirm that a school's pre-scheduled visit goes as we have planned.  Unfortunately, due to the availability of educational staff and scheduling needs, Science Central will not be able to provide programming like demos and labs or lunch space to schools on the day of a visit if it was not listed on the confirmation email.

 

Admission Discounts

Study Trip admission for Science Central Members is covered. No other admission discount is applicable.

 

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel a registration, you must call or email with your confirmation number two weeks prior to the date of your visit.  Cancellation 2 weeks or less from the date of visit will incur a cancellation fee. The cancellation fee will be 50% of total visit cost (at time of booking). Weather-related cancellations are an exception and will be rescheduled at no additional charge.

 

Payments

To make your visit more enjoyable, Science Central invoices all groups post visit. On the day of your visit, please confirm the actual number of students and chaperones at admissions. Any chaperones not arriving with the group and paying separately the day of will be counted as general visitors and not as a part of your group. Therefore, chaperones paying separately are charged the regular, full admission rate.

 

Adult/Child Ratio

Pre-K requires a 1:5 adult to student ratio. All other grades require a 1:8 ratio.

 

Late Arrivals

Please note that while we will make every attempt possible to accommodate you, your special programming may not be available if you arrive late.

 

Unscheduled Programming

Due to the availability of educational staff and scheduling needs, Science Central will not be able to provide programming like demos and labs or lunch space to schools on the day of a visit if it was not listed on the confirmation email.

 

Photo Policy

Science Central and the media frequently take photos/videos of visitors which may be used for future Science Central promotions or publicity.  These photos may be used without your consent and without compensation.  If you do not want your image used, please avoid photographers and inform them of your desire.  As a visitor, you are welcome to take photos for non-commercial use at Science Central.

 

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FAQ

What is the ideal adult to student ratio for a Study Trip?

Pre-K requires a 1:5 adult to student ratio. All other grades require a 1:8 ratio.

 

How will my students be grouped?

If your Study Trip includes a lab, demonstration, or lunch, your students might be grouped according to this table.

  1 Group 2 Groups 3 Groups 4 Groups 5 Groups
Lab 0-32
students
33-64
students
65-96
students
97-128
students
129-160
students
Demo 0-64
students
65-128
students
129-192
students
193-256
students
 
Lunch 0-96
students & adults
97-192
students & adults
193-288
students & adults
   

Science Central reserves the right to modify these numbers as necessary.

 

What happens when we arrive?

Upon arrival, one teacher should proceed to the Admissions Desk.  Students should remain on the bus for an orientation by our staff.  Please bring your confirmation letter and final numbers (students, chaperone's/teachers).

 

What happens if my expected number of students or chaperones changes after registration?

If your expected number of students or chaperones changes by five (5) or more, please contact Science Central.

 

What if our school has a weather delay or cancellation on the day of our visit?

If you are unable to attend on the date of a scheduled Study Trip due to a weather delay or cancellation, please contact Science Central as soon as possible.  We will help reschedule your visit.

 

Do Science Central Members get charged for a Study Trip?

Science Central Memberships may be used toward Study Trip admissions with the Member owing for any additional programming costs.  ASTC memberships are not valid toward Study Trip admissions.

 

Can coupons or discounts be applied toward Study Trip admissions?

General admission coupons and discounts are not valid toward Study Trip admissions.

 

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