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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.

Due to public health restrictions related to COVID-19, in fall 2020, programs will be offered as “Edukits”. The Edukit contains all program materials and equipment. Following AHS guidelines, students will not be required to share materials in the Edukit.

Included in the Edukit rate is a two day kit rental from the Bennett Centre including pickup and dropoff of the kit and all program materials and equipment. Each kit includes equipment for up to one class, which is considered to be 35 students. The Edukit can be rented all day Monday-Tuesday with pickup at 8:30am on Wednesday morning or 12:00pm Wednesday - 12:00pm Friday with pickup at 12:00pm Friday. All equipment will be sanitized following AHS standards prior to drop off to new school. 

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. 

The first contact teacher listed on the registration form will receive an information package approximately a month before the scheduled visit, including important information to help teachers prepare for the field trip. See below for more information on the programs offered.




Day Programs (Edukits)

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 SLEs are covered, click the title of the program to download the overview.

Included in the Edukit rate is a two day kit rental from the Bennett Centre including pickup and drop off of the kit, and all program materials and equipment.

  DAY PROGRAMS Length / Dates Rate per class* Location
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. This is a 2 day rental and the price includes drop off, and pick up by a Bennett instructor.
Full day
November through December
$249

Edukit Program

 
Grade 5
Science: Mechanisms Using Electricity 
‌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. This is a 2 day rental and the price includes drop off, and pick up by a Bennett instructor.
Full day
January through February
$249 Edukit Program
 
Grade 6    

Science: Trees & Forests

Students will learn about forest ecosystems through hands-on experiences like leaf classification and tree cookie studies. This is a 2 day rental and the price includes drop off, and pick up by a Bennett instructor.

Full day
September through November
$249 Edukit Program
 

Travelling Programs

Due to public health restrictions related to COVID-19, we are not offering travelling programs at this time.

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
September through April
$259

Social Studies: The Stories, Histories & People of Alberta

Please call for program description. 

Half day
September through April
$259
 
Grade 5

Social Studies: Histories & Stories of Ways of Life in Canada

Please call for program description.

Half day
September through April
 $259
 
Grade 6 Science: Trees & Forests
Students will learn about forest ecosystems through hands-on experiences like leaf classification and tree cookie studies.
Half day
September through April
 $259
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
$499 
*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 2020-2021.
*Travelling programs accommodate locations that are within 100kms from the Bennett Centre.

Overnight Residence Programs

Due to public health restrictions related to COVID-19, we are not offering residence programs at this time.

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: $89
3 day: $145
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: $89
3 day: $145

Social Studies: The Stories, Histories & People of Alberta

Please call for program description.

2 or 3 days
Year round
2 day: $89
3 day: $145
 
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: $89
3 day: $145
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: $89
3 day: $145
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: $89
3 day: $145

Social Studies: Histories & Stories of Ways of Life in Canada

Please call for program description.

Year round 2 day: $89
3 day: $145
 
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: $89
3 day: $145
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: $89
3 day: $145
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: $89
3 day: $145
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: $89
3 day: $145
*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. 



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