Access to Unfield Trips Expanded

August 8, 2018

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (August 7, 2018) — Improved access to deep learning experiences at the Scott Family Amazeum is extended to preschool and homeschool students in Benton and Washington Counties thanks to a grant from the Walmart Foundation that offsets a portion of the cost. In addition to traditional K-12 public, private, and charter schools, the grant also covers admission to Unfield Trips, the museum’s unique take on traditional field trips, for pre-k through 12th grade students attending any school or homeschool in the two counties during the 2018-2019 school year.

“The impact of an Unfield trip can be life-changing and we are thrilled that we will be able to reach even more children this year,” said Mindy Porter, Director of Education at the Amazeum. “Learning doesn’t end after an Unfield Trip. It leads to more questions and exploration in the classroom, at home, or in the world and can ignite lifelong curiosity.”

Unfield Trips engage students in activities that encourage them to dive deeper into their learning. Team members challenge students of all ages to explore, discover, and interact with exhibits in new and unconventional ways. Unfield Trip experiences are designed to actively engage students in making connections with learned concepts that strengthen understanding of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Teachers have access to educational resources by grade level that aligns the Unfield Trip experience to curriculum standards.  Many classrooms use their visit to the Amazeum as a starting point for work throughout the year.

“We are honored to be a partner with the Scott Family Amazeum,” said Erin Hogue, Senior Manager, Northwest Arkansas Giving, Walmart Foundation. “The mission of the Walmart Foundation is to create opportunities for people to live better. That is what the Amazeum is doing every day through Unfield Trips and by collaborating with educators.”

Since the museum’s opening in 2015, Walmart Foundation funding has supported visits by more than 63,000 students and adults to the Amazeum. Extending the benefit to preschool and homeschool students provides access to the Amazeum’s interactive learning environment for thousands more students in non-traditional school environments.

As a part of a visit, students write postcards about their experience at the Amazeum. Many students wrote that they were inspired to explore careers in STEAM after an Unfield Trip. One student wrote that she was made more aware of the expanse of our world and another was considering a career in medicine.

Amazeum is now taking reservations for the fall of 2018. Email or call 479-268-4542 to book now.