School field trips bring about excitement and the spirit of adventure for school children of all ages. It bridges and compliments classroom learning and instruction with wonderful experiences where students can see, touch and hear about subjects presented in school. Field trips provide memories that last a lifetime for students. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, traditional field trip visits will not be possible during the 2020-2021 school year. To help alleviate the disappointment of local students and to add some normalcy to their unusual school year, AT&T, in collaboration with Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo Museum or Science, Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum, The Buffalo History Museum and the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center have created the AT&T Virtual Field Trips program. The program will provide the opportunity to tens of thousands of students to experience free virtual field trips throughout Buffalo and Niagara Falls in a memorable, fun and safe way.
The AT&T Virtual Field Trips program provides both prerecorded videos and live virtual leader-led tours. Some of the programs offer downloadable materials for teachers and interactive kits for the students to use. The program is designed to provide a wide array of offerings tailored for students of different ages between the 1st through 12th grades. This unique program is entirely free for all students and classes that attend Buffalo or Niagara Falls public or charter schools and Western New York Title 1 schools. These offerings are made possible by the generosity of AT&T and the participating cultural and educational institutions.
To learn more and how you can take advantage of the AT&T Virtual Field Trips program, you find the list of partnering organizations below along with a brief description of each organizations’ offerings, age group each program is designed for, and a link for more detailed information and participation instructions.
Great art is transformational. The Albright-Knox invites teachers and students from grades K-12 to join us for virtual experiences designed to support the development of the critical and creative thinkers of tomorrow. Opportunities include live virtual guided tours, plus pre-recorded videos that will serve as a teaching resource to focus on critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. Students will discover works of art from the Albright-Knox’s collection and exhibitions though through a range of learning strategies, including open-ended and guided questions, conversation, and activities.
The history of Western New York is filled with stories of diverse people striving to create a place that they can call home. Stories brewing with ingenuity and hope, but fraught with struggle and conflict. Experience a virtual tour that brings the past to life in a personal way-through intimate narratives of everyday people and key historical figures. From opportunities to engage with real artifacts & primary sources to connecting with subject matter experts, access our unique resources. These virtual tours are ideal for 4th and 5th graders.
Bring the wonder and excitement of the Buffalo Museum of Science to your virtual classroom!
Our experienced facilitators will bring a unique virtual educational experience and scientific expertise to your students. Whether you’re looking for an eye-popping science demonstration or a Behind-the-Scenes tour, we can customize programming to suit your needs.
If your district guidance allows, kits can also be assembled and delivered to your school to give your students immersive, hands-on experiences. These virtual tours can be tailored to any age group.
Children of all ages learn through exploration and grow through creativity. In this spirit, we invite young learners-the innovators of tomorrow, to “Explore, and More!” Explore & More has created seven (7) interactive videos – that can be used all together or individually by teachers. Each video includes a tour of one of our Educational Play Zones; a related activity and/or experiment that can easily be replicated by parents at home or teachers in school; and conclude by highlighting a STEM career. These tours are ideal for 3rd – 5th graders.
The authentic stories shared at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center highlight the extraordinary results that are achieved when ordinary people stand against oppression. On a live virtual field trip, museum educators will connect with classrooms remotely in real time. During a facilitated, interactive program, students will learn the history of the Underground Railroad in Niagara Falls while engaging in dialogue that will help them recognize the modern injustices that stem from slavery and think critically about what steps they can take to create a more equitable, just, and free society. This program is best suited for grades 4 through 12″.