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Universal Studios

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit™ Science

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit™ Science is a hands-on physics lesson that teaches students just what makes roller coasters so thrilling. In this program, students work in small groups using tablets to collect data and measure speed at eight different points along the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit™ roller coaster. Using the information they’ve collected, students solve for the ride’s potential and kinetic energy. When all the equations are solved, students will have a visual representation of the ride’s transfer of energy, giving them a more cohesive understanding of physical principles like the law of conservation of energy. At the end of the program, students climb aboard Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit™ to see how the equations translate into thrills. But the learning doesn’t stop therethe application data is sent to the instructor for further discussion back in the classroom.

Mummy Dig-Site Detective

Our nail-biting Revenge of the Mummy™ attraction combines artistic elements, historical touches, and scientific knowledge to create an immersive ride experience. In Mummy Dig-Site Detective, students take a scientist’s keen eye to all those details as they investigate a strange event taking place in the Museum of Antiquities. An investigator has made some curious observations at the dig site beneath the museum — but can they really be believed? Disembarking the ride vehicle, students must verify or refute the investigator’s findings, providing evidence of their conclusions. Their observations are then compared with the facts, and students are scored based on the number of accurate observations.

Transformers Roll Out

Transformers ROLL Out gives students a hands-on course in rotational and translational motion as they experience the carefully choreographed thrills of TRANSFORMERS™: The Ride-3D. Working with the scientific principle of the six degrees of freedom, students learn the various types of motion — including heave, sway, and yaw — as well as how bodies move in three-dimensional space. Then, students design the sequence of movements of a ride vehicle they believe sync with the animation in the attraction. Finally, students experience TRANSFORMERS™: The Ride 3D firsthand as they analyze the motions of the ride vehicle EVAC, one of Optimus Prime’s transforming Freedom Fighters.

Islands of Adventure

Jurassic Paleobotany

Dinosaurs aren’t the only lifeforms populating Jurassic Park™: There also thrives a lush botanical world that dates back to the Jurassic Period. In Jurassic Paleobotany, students become paleobotanists searching Jurassic Park™ for foliage from the era of the dinosaurs. Working together, students use tablets to locate and photograph plants, plotting their locations on a map, and comparing their findings to images of fossils.

Kongtrol Panel

The larger-than-life excitement of Skull Island: Reign of Kong™ unfolds as you navigate rough, unpredictable terrain in a state-of-the-art, independently navigated ride vehicle. In Kongtrol Panel, students learn just how precise the vehicle’s programming must be. Using tablets outfitted with digital protractors and ride paths of varying difficulty, students determine the correct vectors to launch their vehicles safely around the track. By reprogramming their commands to avoid collisions, students gain hands-on understanding of how these measurements translate into ride success. Afterward, students experience that knowledge first-hand with a thrilling ride through Skull Island: Reign of Kong™.

Magic Kingdom®

Energy and Waves Physics Lab

The uniquely themed lands of the Magic Kingdom® Park form the basis of this examination of light and sound energy and its relationship to creating one-of-a-kind Disney experiences.

Properties of Motion Physics Lab

Students will gain an understanding of inertia, centripetal force and other properties of motion via real-world applications, exhibited in theme park attractions.


Everyday Chemistry

What is chemistry? Many of us envision beakers, burners, lab coats, symbols, charts, molecular compounds, complex equations and mysterious secret formulas… but chemistry isn't limited to a lab! It's happening all around us, all the time!

In Everyday Chemistry, science is demystified as participants discover that everything they hear, see, smell, taste and touch involves chemistry and chemicals. Guests will come to understand that chemistry is the science of change and it's the job of chemists to predict and explain how matter interacts to form the new substances that we come into contact with every day.

The Evolution of Technology

Students discover the progressive nature of technology as they explore factors that influence and impact development and acceptance.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

The Science of Disney Imagineering: Gravity

Students will explore how gravity and Newton's laws of motion are fundamental to the creation of our exhilarating theme park experiences.

SeaWorld Orlando

Ocean Discovery (Available Seasonally)

The Ocean Discovery Field Trip provides your students with an unforgettable day filled with activities designed to encourage hands-on educational experiences.

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