LINCOLN, Neb. Now that many students are back to school in Nebraska, teachers across the state will be busy planning fun and educational field trips.
For some kids in rural Nebraska, it can be difficult to travel long distances to explore, but now they don't need to.
A feature at Lincoln's Morrill Hall allows students from across the state to visit the museum from the comfort of their classrooms.
It’s called a “Virtual Field Trip,” and it helps students from across the state explore the wonders of Morrill Hall without ever stepping foot inside.
“About 10 years ago we found that the yellow school busses just weren’t coming as often as they used to due to time and money,” said Annie Mumgaard, Virtual Field Trip Coordinator, “so we responded they way anyone would in the 21st Century, and that is with technology.”
The technology allows an educator at Morrill Hall in Lincoln to communicate, via the internet, with students several miles away.
The educators interact with participants and teach them about a variety of science and natural history topics.
“Quite honestly, we could talk to people across the world,” said Mumgaard. “If you have the internet, you can visit our museum.”
The classes aren’t only for students in grade school and high school, Mumgaard says the Virtual Field Trip can also be used for adults who have never visited Morrill Hall.
They also provide a kit that is sent to the school or other institution. The kit allows concrete interactive items so participants can have a hands-on experience.
If you would like to sign up for a Virtual Field Trip to Morrill Hall, click here.
There are also scholarships available to Nebraska schools. Scholarship funding is made possible through support from the Roger's Foundation.