SEATTLE – Remember when you were in school and a field trip to a concert, play, or museum was just a day or two away? There was a sense of anticipation and excitement in the classroom ...something to look forward to. For many students today that feeling is rare, because field trips are rare.
With rising transportation costs impacting school field trips, Pacific Science Center and PEMCO Insurance are partnering to provide a free field-trip bus to alleviate this roadblock to hands-on experiential learning. Starting March 11, 2008, the Free Field Trip Bus program will offer a "vehicle to discovery" for Seattle students to visit Pacific Science Center.
"Our goal is to transform the lives of more Seattle school children by giving them an opportunity to discover first-hand what it means to explore new worlds and be delighted by the wonders of science," said Bryce Seidl, president and CEO of Pacific Science Center.
PEMCO covers the expense of transporting students to Pacific Science Center by underwriting the cost of the program.
"Most kids learn best by doing," said Stan McNaughton, PEMCO President and CEO, "and Pacific Science Center is all about hands-on learning. Providing access to these wonderful exhibits adds a rich dimension to what students can learn in their classrooms."
"There are nearly 250,000 children in the queue across King County in 19 school districts and more than 440 schools," said Seidl. "It's a tall order to provide transportation to Pacific Science Center, but we intend to do that and more."
For more information about this innovative program or to reserve the bus, contact Pacific Science Center at (206) 443-2925 or visit pacificsciencecenter.org for details.
Pacific Science Center is located under the arches near the Space Needle in Seattle.
PEMCO Insurance, established in 1949, is a Seattle-based provider of auto, home, boat, life, and umbrella insurance to Washington state residents. PEMCO Insurance is sold by community agents throughout the state and through PEMCO offices. For more information, visit www.pemco.com.
Pacific Science Center inspires a lifelong interest in science, mathematics, and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs. Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World's Fair and upon the closing ceremonies, the Science pavilion was given new life a the private, not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. For more information about Pacific Science Center, please call (206) 443-2001 or visit the web site at pacificsciencecenter.org. Pacific Science Center is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and relies on admissions, memberships, and donations to continue its educational mission, programs, and exhibits.