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Grade 4 Energy Around Us

Discovery World Learning JourneyAll Milwaukee Public Schools fourth grade students will visit the Discovery World science and technology center for their Learning Journey. Students will explore seven types of invisible energy and properties of light in two separate 30-minute lab experiences led by Discovery World’s own educators. Teachers and chaperones will lead a self-guided tour through the Les Paul’s House of Sound  exhibit to learn about the history and innovations of Waukesha native Les Paul.

Visitation Date

Schools will be scheduled for a specific date. Date assignments will be sent directly to school principals via Smartsheet for confirmation prior to the Learning Journey. This Learning Journey takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September through March.

Students per Visitation Day

Prior to arrival at the museum, please divide students into equal groups of no more than 25. Please use discretion when providing chaperones for your trip. The suggested chaperone-to-student ratio is 1 adult per 10 students. Teachers should bring an itinerary with their class’s Learning Journey schedule.

Length of Visit

All programing is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (session 1) or 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (session 2). All schools should plan to eat lunch on the premises. Lunches and outerwear will be collected and securely stored on the premises. Note: Plan accordingly for an approximately 30-minute bus ride.

Cost to Schools

This Learning Journey is provided free to all MPS fourth grade students. Student admission costs and programming as well as teacher and chaperone admissions will be paid by MPS Central Services. Transportation will be paid for and arranged on the schools' behalf by MPS Central Services. Transportation details will be provided to teachers and principals via Smartsheet. Schools cannot charge students for busing.

Bus Information

Transportation will be arranged and paid for by MPS Central Services on the schools' behalf. Schools cannot charge students for busing. Transportation details will be sent to teachers and principals via Smartsheet. Questions regarding transportation or requests for special accommodations, such as wheelchair or walker needs, should be directed to Mary Grant, CAO planning assistant, at

School Responsibility

Teachers will need to obtain field trip permission slips for this Learning Journey. Each teacher must review all Learning Journey materials sent to them from Discovery World prior to the trip.

MPS Foundation


Michelle Wade
Social Studies Manager
Phone: 414-475-8090

Mary E. Grant
CAO Planning Assistant III/Learning Journeys
Phone: 414-475-8614

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