K-12 Field Trips

The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) offers exhibits tours and hands-on workshops year round for K-12 school groups, summer camps and community youth organizations.

All school programs are aligned to Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). Please see our field trip listings below for more information. 

 

Field Trip Options:

 
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Guided Exhibition Tour of Wire and Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars

Grades K-12 (August 5th - September 27th)

Wire & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars explores the basics of guitar design while also considering how some guitars have become icons, how they reached this status, and how technology will affect the instrument in the future. In addition to interactive activities in the galleries, this exhibition will explore the design of the guitar, guitars as musical icons, technology & guitars, and more.

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Simple Circuits

Grades K-5

Have you ever wondered how motors spin or lights turn on? Come explore the flow of energy through simple circuits. Educators can choose the project for their students: light up cards or pictures, squishy circuits, salt circuits, or flash lights. With each of these hands-on activities students will have the opportunity to make, test and refine their circuits that highlight basic electronic properties using conventional and nonconventional conductive and nonconductive materials.

Cardboard Design Challenge

Grades 3-5

Many designers and artists use cardboard both as a prototyping material and as an art making material. It is easy to work with, inexpensive, pretty stable while being light and very malleable. In this workshop students will learn about how designers and artists use cardboard, the different material properties it has and will then design and build their own functional object for someone they know.

 
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Lego Robotics - Build a robot that ____________.

Grades 3-8

Join us for a hands-on, STEAM workshop using LEGO robotics to design, build, and program robots that interact with the world around them. They will learn the basics of robot building, how to control robots using drag and drop coding from the common block palette while working collaboratively. We can customize this workshop to help support what your students are learning about in their classrooms. Fill in the black - build a robot that ______________.

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E-Textiles

Grades 3-12

Did you know that designers and scientists have been developing temperature sensing garments to be used as a way to monitor people’s health? In this workshop students will have the opportunity to learn about and experiment with electronic textiles as they craft your own versatile wearable technology and electronic accessories. Join us as we explore how to design objects using e-textiles. You’ll learn some sewing, circuitry basics, and how to combine them both on this field trip! Explore everything from running stitches and tying off thread.

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3D Design and Printing

Grades 4-12

At MODA, we’re 100% on board with the Maker Movement’s manifesto, which say that “making is fundamental to what it is to be human.” We believe that one of the best ways to explore a problem and to find solutions is by using your hands to make, learn, and explore.

 

Engineering Challenges

Grades 5-8

What is the design process? What do engineers do? In this hands on workshop we invite students to go through the steps that engineers do. Then think up awesome and practical solutions to invent, design, and build things that matter to the world. We will be doing some oldie but goodie engineering challenges like bridge building, parachute making, boat designing, zip-line creating all out of legos and recycled materials.

Sustainable Design - Smart Buildings

Grades 6-12

What does a healthy, sustainable and attractive community look like? How does architecture connect us to our environment? In this workshop students will look at different green building case studies and will learn about low impact building materials that are being used right now. They will then design their own structure out of foamcore, tagboard, cardstock, and recycled materials. They will be encouraged to develop innovative solutions to an environmental problem they have identified in their community.

Historical Architecture

Grades 6-12

Students are invited to learn about historical buildings around Atlanta and how they impact modern architecture today. Then they will design and create their own 3D model using white mat board and cardboard - two materials architects around the world use for designing and building models.

 

Accessibility of Objects

Grades 6-12

15% of the global population has some form of disability. What makes something accessible? When industrial designers are designing products they are always thinking about usability or how easy the product is to use. But often times the accessibility in product design may be overlooked. During this workshop students will take an everyday object and redesign it to make it more accessible. They will work in groups to brainstorm different ideas, sketch their ideas and implement them.

Web Design

Grades 9-12

There are not many people that aren’t on the internet daily. We use the internet to find businesses, products, and services. It might be said that websites are not only required to get the word about what you do, but they can also be a creative and constructive outlet for the designer behind the site. In this workshop students will learn how to make an interactive webpage, lay out a blog, or a creative playground! We will explore some tools that are available for creating content online.

 
 

General information

The cost of the workshop covers entrance to MODA.

All materials and tools are included in the price. 

Non participating chaperones are free. 

Important Payment Information

A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking. Deposit will hold your specific date/time and be applied to your balance.

All payments are non-refundable. Refunds will not be given for any unused portion of your order, such as no-shows or cancellations

We accept school checks and all major credit cards. No personal checks.

Discounts for Title I Schools

At MODA, we believe that design has the power to change the world. We offer a 20% discount per ticket for all field trip options. Proof of Title 1 standing must be provided to MODA upon registration.

For more information, contact MODA’s Director of Education and Community Engagement, Alice Vogler, at avogler@museumofdesign.org.