Fusion Field Trips

Our new Fusion Field Trip program is the perfect combination of a virtual field trip and loaner lab that provides everything you'll need to engage your students in hands-on activities right in your own classroom. Fusion Field Trips are free and serve elementary and middle school students in grades 3–8.

Program Details

With a variety of engaging activities to choose from for elementary and middle school students (grades 3–8), our instructors meet with your students for an interactive online 'field trip' in which they learn about the lesson topic. You will also receive a loaner 'classroom investigation kit' (shipped via FedEx) that contains all the necessary curriculum and supplies needed for your students to complete the hands-on activities for each lesson. All kit shipping costs are covered by the Center for STEM Excellence.

Our activities align with the Maryland State Science standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. Each activity is based on real-world problems and issues, allowing students to engage in scientific and engineering practices while learning content in new and challenging ways.

Virtual Field Trip

Our the day of your scheduled virtual field trip, our instructors will meet with your students online and engage them in learning about the topic you have chosen. The virtual field trips have flexible timing, but you can generally expect the experience to take 30–45 minutes.

Class Size

We can provide supplies to accommodate all of the students you serve. Indicate on the reservation form how many students are in your class(es). 

Classroom Investigation Kit

Your classroom investigation kit will contain all the resources you will need to engage your students in the hands-on portion of the Fusion Field Trip. The kit will ship via FedEx, and you will receive a return label for any supplies that may need to be returned. The Center for STEM Excellence covers all the costs of shipping.  

What's in Your Kit?

Each kit contains all the materials and resources necessary to engage your students in the hands-on, learner-centered activities that are part of the Fusion Field Trip. Select the lab name in the table below for more detailed information on what is included in each lesson.  

Unpack Your Kit

You received your kit, now what? Use the checklist provided to make sure you have received all of the materials.  The checklist will also indicate if any materials need to be refrigerated or require other special handling.  immediately if there are any problems.  

Field Trip Activities

Insect Investigations 3-4 Are mealworms afraid of the dark? Do darkling beetles prefer wet or dry areas? Students will conduct 'fair tests' with live insects to answer these questions and learn how changes to ecosystems affect the critters who live there.
It's a Gassy World! 6-8 What is a greenhouse gas? And how do greenhouse gases contribute to climate change? Students will consider the impact that warming temperatures have on one greenhouse gas: carbon dioxide. 
Oyster Encounter 3–6 Why are oysters so important to the Chesapeake Bay? Students will look at an oyster up close through a microscope and learn how they filter water and provide habitat to other Chesapeake Bay organisms. 
Rain Gardens  3–6 This lab gives students a chance to explore how rain gardens can help reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. We'll make a model rain garden in the lab and test it out with some polluted water!
Wonders of the Water Cycle 3–4 What is the water cycle? And how does it work? Students will learn about weather and climate by exploring different types of clouds and investigating their role in the water cycle. 

Make a Reservation

Complete the online Fusion Field Trip Request Form with all information and dates. We will do our best to accommodate your first choice of dates.

We will be in contact with you within 5 business days of receiving your request form. If you do not hear from us, please email  or call 410-385-6323. 

Policies and Procedures

Inclement Weather & Cancellation Policy

If your school is closed or has a delayed opening, you must contact us to reschedule your Fusion Field Trip. If our site is closed or has a delayed opening due to inclement weather, your online portion of the Fusion Field Trip will be canceled. We follow University of Baltimore (UB) closures and delays. We will contact you the next open business day to reschedule your online field trip.

We reserve the right to cancel a class at any time for emergency reasons. In the event of an emergency situation, we will make every effort to reach you via phone/email. If you have any doubts about whether or not your Fusion Field Trip is canceled, please contact us at .

Need to Cancel?

Please let us know in advance if you need to cancel your Fusion Field Trip. Please do so by emailing us at 


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