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Bennett Centre School Programs

The Bennett Centre offers hands-on school programs that actively engage students in specific grade-level curriculum. Program options include day, overnight and travelling programs, with a focus on science and social studies.  Many of the programs include outdoor components.

All programs are held at either the Bennett Centre or one of its satellite sites. The first contact teacher listed on the registration form will receive an information package approximately a month before the schedule visit, including the site of the field trip location and other important information to help teachers prepare for the field trip. See below for more information on the programs offered.


Day Programs

The Bennett Centre day programs stress a positive learning atmosphere and hands-on teaching methods. To view more detailed information about a program including what to bring and the SLEs covered, click the title of the program to download the overview. Included in the rate is a full day at the Bennett Centre or satellite location, instruction, required equipment and student booklets.

Full day programs run from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm.
Half day programs run for 2.5 hours and follow your school's bell schedule.

  DAY PROGRAMS Length / Dates Rate per class*
Grade 4    Science: Wheels & Levers 
Students will be given an opportunity for hands-on exploration of wheels, levers, pulleys and gears. Working with Lego Dacta students will construct models of levers, simple gears and pulleys. At outside stations, students will experiment and work with life-sized pulleys and levers.
Full day
November through April
$344
Science: Vehicles & Devices
That Move Students will build a device or vehicle that moves or performs a function based on the principles of simple machines. They will explore various means of propulsion and evaluate their vehicle based on the effectiveness of the design.
Full day
November through April
$374
Science: Light & Shadows
Students will learn about light by carrying out a variety of hands-on activities. They will use a range of equipment such as prisms, microscopes and flashlights to manipulate and discover the effects and sources of lights.
Full day
November through April
$344
Social Studies: The Stories, Histories & People of Alberta
This day-length program brings the curriculum to life by engaging students in role playing and story telling. Students will partake in two simulation activities with the first emphasizing the early native subsistence (hunter/gatherer) lifestyle prior to European contact. The second recreates a Métis bison hunt as a highlight to the broader emphasis of Métis culture and lifestyle. Both are conducted with the intent of developing the student's ability to interpret history and think critically about the information presented. Half of this program is indoors and the other half is outside.
Full day
Year round
$344
 
Grade 5
Science: Classroom Chemistry
Students will carry out a variety of hands-on laboratory experiments using common household materials. Wearing lab aprons, student scientists will: explore the properties of water, identify solutions as being acidic or basic, produce carbon dioxide, experiment with mixtures and solutions, observe crystal formation, test the surface properties of water and observe or carry out chemical reactions. All findings will be recorded in a student booklet.
Full day
November through April
$374
Science: Electricity & Magnetism Topic A
Hands-on activities will help students learn the relationship between electricity and magnetism, to identify and interpret evidence of magnetic fields, and to distinguish between conductors, insulators and resistors. Students will construct simple circuits using D-cells, bulbs and wires. They will also learn to develop and interpret circuit diagrams.

Full day
November through April

$344
Science: Mechanisms Using Electricity Topic B
Using knowledge gained in Electricity & Magnetism Topic A, students will experiment with wiring a circuit in series and parallel, and adding switches to these circuits. They will then build electrical devices for a variety of purposes. Devices could include battery-powered vehicles, fans, lunch box alarms, burglar alarms and circuit boards. Note: Science: Electricity & Magnetism: Topic A must be completed before participating in Topic B.
Full day
November through April
$344
Science: Wetland Ecosystems: Pond Study
Students will partake in lab studies, field investigations, games and group discussions to explore the Wetland Ecosystem. Students will learn about the interactions between pond organisms and the role of each organism as part of a food web. Also explored is the effect of human actions on the preservation and destruction of wetland habitats.
Full day
September, October, May, June
$344
Social Studies: Histories & Stories of Ways of Life in Canada
Activities will explore the native lifestyle before European contact and learn the reasons for diverse native cultures. Students will also have the unique opportunity to view and handle relevant artifacts. Role-play, costumes and simulation activities will be used to support and encourage critical thinking. Half of this program takes place inside, the other half outside.
Full day
Year round
$344
 
Grade 6    

Science: Evidence & Investigation
‌Students become forensic scientists and develop inquiry skills as they gather evidence at the crime scene, examine it closely, make predictions and inferences, hypothesize, experiment with different substances and interpret their findings to solve the "mystery."

Full day
November through April
$344

Science: Flight
‌Students experiment with building parachutes and gliders in order to understand the basic concepts of flight. Students will then modify their designs and evaluate the effectiveness of the modifications. They will also witness a demonstration of a hot air balloon.

Full day
November through April
$359
Science: Sky Science
Students learn about objects in the day and night sky through direct observation, models and engaging simulations. They will learn about the motions and characteristics of stars, moons and planets, and gain a deeper understanding of seasonal cycles, phases of the moon and the apparent motion of the stars. Students move from a simple view of land and sky to the earth as a sphere in motion within a larger universe.
Full day
November through April
$344
Science: Trees & Forests
Students will learn about forest ecosystems through hands-on experiences like leaf classification and tree cookie studies, as well as a forest walk.
Full day
September, October, May, June
$344
 
Grades 4,5 & 6    Outdoor Pursuits: Orienteering
Students progress through a series of mapping exercises, beginning with a room map, then a yard map and finishing with a visit to a nearby city park for a more challenging mapping experience. This program can be done as a full day or in combination with Initiative Tasks or Animal Survival.
Full or half day
Year round
$344 ($239 half day)
Outdoor Pursuits & Team Building: Animal Survival
The game is an active, outdoor, tag game dealing with nature's predator-prey relationships. This program works well with a combination of Orienteering or Initiative Tasks.
Full or half day
Year round
$344 ($239 half day)
Outdoor Pursuits & Team Building: Cooperative Games
A wide range of opportunities for promoting a cooperative attitude using quiet, noisy, small group, large group, indoor and outdoor settings.
Year round $344
Outdoor Pursuits & Team Building: Initiative Tasks
Initiative games are designed to promote group cooperation and enjoyment while participating in problem-solving activities that challenge the physical and mental abilities of students. Students will be exposed to new ways of communicating, thinking and problem solving.
Full or half day
Year round
$344 ($239 half day)
*One class is considered up to 35 students. 36-70 students is considered two classes. Please notify the Bennett Centre if your numbers change from the original booking. 
Note: Animal Survival and Orienteering are available as a half-day booking with no instruction for a $25 equipment rental fee. 

Travelling Programs

Our Bennett Centre instructors will travel to your classroom and deliver a half day program, or a full day program for Grade 6 Science Review! Please note that our travelling programs will follow your school's bell schedule, with the exception of the Grade 6 Science Review.

  Travelling Programs Length / Dates Rate per class*
Grade 4  Science: Wheels & Levers
In your school students will have the opportunity to work with LEGO DACTA and construct models involving gears, levers and more.
Half day
November through April
$239
Social Studies: The Stories, Histories & People of Alberta
Our costumed fur trader will lead your students through a series of activities that will illustrate how historians interpret history. An excellent introduction for students to Native lifestyle and how and why the fur trade developed.
Half day
November through April
$239
 
Grade 5 Social Studies: Histories & Stories of Ways of Life in Canada
This half-day program will expose your students to a broad overview of Canada's early history including: voyageurs, coureurs de bois, French Canada, English Canada, Métis, French and English fur trading posts with brief mention of the United Empire Loyalists and the NWMP.
Half day
November through April
 
 
Grade 6 Grade 6 Science Review
Prior to writing the Grade 6 Provincial Achievement Tests (PAT) our instructors will visit your school and conduct a full day review of all the student Learner Expectations for all five units. Using a “centre” format, students rotate from station to station, recording answers and findings in a student booklet. At the end of each unit of study the student marks the booklet and if time allows writes an exam. The students are left with two excellent study tools - the completed Science Review booklet covering all five Grade 6 science units and five practice PAT tests. Visit the Grade 6 Science Review page for more information.
Full day
May, June
$475 for one class or $785 for two classes
*One class is considered up to 35 students. Rates include instructor, equipment, student resources and tests (if applicable). Travel expenses apply for schools outside of Edmonton - download the travel expense rates PDF

Overnight Residence Programs

The Bennett Centre offers overnight residence programs for students to take part in hands-on, curriculum-based activities and create unique lifelong memories!

Overnight bookings are two or three days and can be for one class (groups of 25-35) or two classes (groups of 36-64). All instruction, equipment, resources, meals, snacks, student booklets, evening programming and overnight supervision is provided by the Bennett Centre.

Daily Schedule*

Day 1 Day 2
9:30 - Arrive 8:00-9:00 - Breakfast
9:30-10:15 - Check in 9:00-11:00- Programming
10:15 - 11:00 - Programming 11:00-12:00 Lunch
11:00-12:00 - Lunch 12:00- 12:15 Check out
12:00-2:00 Programming 12:15 - 2:15 - Programming
2:00-2:30 - Snack 2:30 - Depart*
2:30-3:30/4:00 - Programming  
3:30/4:00-5:00- Free time  
5:00-6:00 - Dinner  
6:00-10:00 - Evening activities  
10:00 - Bedtime  

 *This schedule is flexible to meet your school's needs

Meals and snacks are prepared in-house and can accommodate special diets. 
Two day residence menu (PDF)
Three day residence menu (PDF)

View our ‌overnight residence presentation for need-to-know information on overnight stays.

 

  Overnight Programs Length / Dates Rate per student *
Grade 4   Science: Wheels & Levers
Construction (using Lego Dacta) of simple levers, pulleys and gears combined with outside experimentation using different kinds of levers and pulley systems.
2 or 3 days
November through April
2 day: $79.95
3 day: $129.95
Science: Vehicles & Devices
Students will build a device or vehicle that moves or performs a function based on the principles of simple machines. They will explore various means of propulsion and evaluate their vehicle based on the effectiveness of the design.
2 or 3 days
November through April
2 day: $79.95
3 day: $129.95
Social Studies: The Stories, Histories & People of Alberta
This program brings the curriculum to life by engaging students in two very active simulations. The first emphasizes the early native "subsistence" life style prior to European contact. The second recreates a Métis bison hunt as a highlight to the broader emphasis of Métis culture. Both are conducted with the intent of developing the student's ability to interpret history and think critically about the information presented. As a two day residence program, students will also be involved in a very active simulation that recreates the interactions of the natives, Métis, missionaries, fur traders and the NWMP. Coupled with an in depth look and feel of trading post items and other fur trade artifacts, the students will derive a very comprehensive view of Alberta's history. Half of this program is indoors and the other half is outside.
2 or 3 days
Year round
2 day: $79.95
3 day: $129.95
 
Grade 5    Science: Electricity & Magnetism Topic A
Hands-on activities will help students to learn the relationship between electricity and magnetism. They will also study magnetic fields and conductors, insulators and resistors. The knowledge gained can be applied in the Science: Mechanisms Using Electricity program.
November through April 2 day: $79.95
3 day: $129.95
Science: Mechanisms Using Electricity Topic B
Using knowledge gained in Science: Electricity & Magnetism, students will experiment with wiring a circuit in series and parallel, and adding switches to these circuits. They will then build electrical devices for a variety of purposes. Devices could include battery-powered vehicles, fans, burglar alarms and circuit boards.
  2 day: $79.95
3 day: $129.95
Science: Wetland Ecosystems: Pond Study
Pond explorations focusing on pond plants and animals, collection and identification, life cycles, food chains, food webs and human impact. The students will use a variety of equipment to collect and study various species.
September, October, May, June 2 day: $79.95
3 day: $129.95
Social Studies: Histories & Stories of Ways of Life in Canada
Activities will explore the native lifestyle before European contact and learn the reasons for diverse native cultures. Students will also have the unique opportunity to view and handle relevant artifacts. Role-play, costumes and simulation activities will be used to support and encourage critical thinking.
Year round 2 day: $79.95
3 day: $129.95
 
Grade 6    Science: Evidence & Investigation
Students become forensic scientists and develop inquiry skills as they gather evidence at the crime scene, examine it closely, make predictions and inferences, hypothesize, experiment with different substances and interpret their findings to solve the "mystery."
November through April 2 day: $79.95
3 day: $129.95
Science: Flight
Students will experiment with building parachutes, hot air balloons and gliders in order to understand the basic concepts of flight.
November through June 2 day: $79.95
3 day: $129.95
Science: Sky Science
Students learn about objects in the day and night sky through direct observation, models and engaging simulations. They will learn about the motions and characteristics of stars, moons and planets.
November through April 2 day: $79.95
3 day: $129.95
Science: Trees & Forests
Students will learn about forest ecosystems through hands-on experiences like leaf classification and tree cookie studies, as well as a forest walk.
September, October, May, June 2 day: $79.95
3 day: $129.95
*Groups of 20-35 include two free adults, groups of 36-50 include three free adults, and groups of 51-64 include four free adults.
Note: For overnight programs, a $500 deposit is required at the time of booking with the balance to be invoiced after the stay. The minimum fee for a residence booking is $800.



All Bennett Centre program rates are subject to change without notice and depending on services requested. Rates do not include GST – out of district schools must pay GST.