Center for Mathematics and Science Education

The University of Mississippi

STEM Excursions

The Center for Mathematics and Science Education (CMSE) – in partnership with University of Mississippi departments, faculty, staff and students – provides lasting impressions and valuable learning experiences to students through STEM Excursions.

The purpose of STEM excursions are to generate interest in and expose students in grades 7-12 to STEM education and the University of Mississippi. Through this offering, the CMSE will provide coordination and logistical assistance to teachers by filling the day of the excursion with STEM-focused opportunities while getting the most from the visit to campus.

Excursions are crafted to be meaningful and relevant to student outcomes and interests while fostering a sense of curiosity about science, technology, engineering and math. These sessions can occur in a classroom, laboratory, design studio, field of study or within any settings that cultivate a nurturing environment.

Sample Schedule:

8:30AM: Arrive at the University of Mississippi
8:30-9:30AM: National Center for Physical Acoustics (NCPA) Tour & Demonstration
9:30-10:30AM: Center for Manufacturing Excellence (CME) Tour
10:30-11:00AM: UM Campus Tour
11:00-12:15PM: Lunch at Rebel Market
12:15-1:30PM: Physics Demonstration
1:30PM: Depart

Teachers will be asked to clarify the goals of the excursion on the Excursion Reservation Request Form. The goals identified by the teacher will be used to plan a beneficial excursion aimed to meet the needs of the students. 

A few questions that may be used to define these goals are:

What would you like students to get out of the trip?

What would you like for them to be exposed to?

How can we inspire them on their educational journey in the STEM fields?

How should/could the trip align with your curriculum?

During an excursion, groups will participate in a variety of activities, demonstrations, tours, and opportunities around the campus of the University of Mississippi. On the Excursion Reservation Request Form, teachers will be asked to identify which specific activities they are interested in.

Possible examples could include:

Tour of the Center for Manufacturing Excellence (limited to groups of 40 or less)

Tour of the National Center for Physical Acoustics (limited to groups of 20 or less)

Tour and Demonstration of the Field Station and The Center for Water and Wetland Resources

Visit the University of Mississippi Museum

Visit to the Mobile Planetarium (Additional Cost)

Chemistry Demonstration

Engineering Demonstration

Physics Demonstration

Robotics Demonstration

*On-campus opportunities are determined by funding and availability of our faculty and staff.

The CMSE staff members appreciate as much advance notice as possible. We recommend booking your visit at least 1 month in advance to organize and plan a successful exploration.

Steps to plan a successful STEM Excursion:

Step One: Determine potential dates, timing, and goals for your day. (You will need this information before step two.)

Step Two: Submit a STEM Excursion Reservation Request Form by completing the form on the tab labeled reservation request. After completing the reservation request, you will receive an email outlining your submission.

Step Three: Allow the CMSE at least two weeks to compile and confirm necessary logistics. During these two weeks, a CMSE staff member may reach out to you to clarify some information – please be attentive to the contact information you provided on the form

Step Four: After logistics are finalized, you will receive a email confirming your reservation. The email will also request necessary documents, such as: photo release forms, student roster(s), principal agreement (if applicable), etc. Please note: this is not an exhaustive list. These documents are traditionally requested to be submitted at least two weeks prior to the STEM Excursion.

Step Five: After the requested documents are submitted, you will receive a complete and detailed schedule for the day that identifies: parking, station rotation timings, maps, etc.

Step Six: Get excited for an educational, fun-filled day of STEM!

The reservation request will be available soon. Please note, completing this request does NOT confirm your field trip.

Before submitting a request, please make sure to read through all requirements, pricing, and logistics.

Center for Mathematics and Science Education

The University of Mississippi
1111 Jackson Avenue W., Suite Q
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-6621

Fax: (662) 915-1762

Email: cmsek12stem@go.olemiss.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no charge for the services provided by the CMSE. Some activities may have charges associated, but those are indicated on the STEM Excursion Request Form. Please keep in mind that you will need to budget for transportation, lunches (if applicable), and any planned activity off campus (i.e., movie, bowling, etc.).

To book your STEM Excursion (field trip), locate the STEM Excursion Reservation Request Form under the “reservation request” tab above. After completing the reservation request, you will receive an email outlining your submission.

The CMSE staff appreciate as much advance notice as possible. We recommend booking your visit at least 1 month in advance to organize and plan a successful exploration.

Unfortunately, we do not offer STEM Excursions on weekends.

The CMSE will assist with organizing on-campus lunch through dining services. The on-campus dining options can be seen by clicking here.

The CMSE does not organize lunch through off-campus dining, but we can provide suggestions of what groups have done in the past:

Picnic in the grove with pizza

Picnic in the grove with sack lunches

Local restaurant options

Buses may drop students off on-campus but must park off campus in a designated lot. Buses are not required to have parking passes. Vans and vehicles may park on campus, but must obtain a visitor’s parking pass. Daily visitor parking passes ($3/vehicle) may be purchased in advance by visiting: http://www.olemiss.edu/parking/visitors.html.

Excursions are typically scheduled on weekdays and usually begin at 9:00AM and conclude by 2:00PM. However, these times can be adjusted to fit the group’s specific scheduling needs.

Although there are some limitations to STEM Explorations, we try our best to accommodate as many students as possible. Each exploration will bring its own limitations. After completing the reservation request form, each individual request will be considered and further communication will take place via email.