It is our mission to provide students with a memorable experience that will ignite their imaginations, increase their appetites for knowledge, enhance their school work, and impact their future careers. As a unique time capsule of local history, the Arabia Steamboat Museum has been a favorite Kansas City field trip since 1991. This site provides relevant information about our tours, along with supplemental lesson plans.
The educational significance of field trips has always been understood by teachers and students, but only recently, studies have attempted to measure this significance. A recent study by the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art found that students who participate in a field trip not only retain a great deal of factual knowledge after the field trip, but also demonstrate greater historical empathy (understanding what life was like in the past), tolerance, and critical thinking skills. Constructivist Learning Theory tells us that encountering tangible objects can create a more memorable learning experience than simply reading or hearing about a subject. With over 200 tons of treasure on display, the Arabia Steamboat Museum will bring history and science to life for your students. This is what makes the Arabia a popular Kansas City field trip year after year.
With teachers facing increasing pressure to prepare their students for standardized tests, field trips become more and more difficult to fit in to the school year…yet they retain the same potential impact. Because we believe in the power of field trips to extend learning beyond the classroom walls, we have compiled classroom lesson plans—aligned with Missouri and Kansas state standards, as well as Common Core—to support the field trip experience. Any discussion of American history before the Civil War is enhanced by seeing the Arabia’s treasures in person, while science classes are supplemented by our preservation lab demonstrations. Regardless of grade level, subject matter, and class size, our tours and lesson plans can reinforce classroom learning through adventure and discovery.
We welcome home school field trips, church groups, scout troops, and sports teams, along with public, private, and charter schools. Call us to find out how a field trip at the Arabia Steamboat Museum can fit your group’s educational goals in an entertaining way.
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