School Field Trips

School Field Trips

Computer Museum of America is a great place for school field trips whether you have a class of 10 or a team of 120!  We are close by in Roswell with easy access from GA 400 and there’s plenty of parking for school or charter buses.

Our exhibits cover a variety of Georgia Standards of Excellence in Math, Science, Social Studies, and of course, Computer Science.  Additionally, there are lots of opportunities to explore Art, Design, and Language Arts.  Your group of up to 120 students at a time can come for a self-guided visit or we can arrange guided tours and activities depending on the size of your group. 

There’s so much to see in our 35,000 sq ft of exhibits.  During your visit, you will see one of roughly 300 remaining Enigma machines to have survived since WWII, our Award-Winning STEAM Timeline, punch card machines, the BYTE magazine wall, and our Retrogaming area where you can play a game of Pac-Man™ or Donkey Kong™ on a vintage console as well as other games from the 80s.  Have you seen an original Apple I?  We have one, along with a plethora of historic personal computers; mini, mid-range, and mainframe computers, and one of the world’s largest collections of Cray supercomputers.  And just in case that isn’t enough, in our Space exhibit we also have an original Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) and Display Keyboard (DSKY).

What makes us a great destination:

  • K – 3rd grades – Our Tech Tales program is a read-aloud STEM-based story and correlating craft or activity.
  • 4th – 12th grades – We have guided tours that can include an activity/lesson and time in our hands-on area.
  • Small groups have the option of self-guided or guided tours.
  • Large groups of up to 120 students at a time will enjoy a small group experience via guided rotations through each exhibit space or activity area.   
  • Our museum is all on one level, with curb cut access from the parking lot.
  • Large capacity restrooms are available in our entry lobby and within the museum to handle groups quickly.
  • A space to eat lunch can be reserved, however, we do not sell food or drinks at the museum. 

Some of the short lessons and activities we can add as a rotation in your tour:

  • Intro to Encryption (for younger students) – Make, use, and take home a Caesar Cipher Wheel.
  • Intro to Encryption (for older students) – A station based activity decoding messages.
  • Intro to Programming –  Computers not needed.  Can you get your classmate around a maze? or build a structure using words only?
  • Intro to Binary – recommended for older students.  What is Base-2?  How do we use it and why?
  • Team Work and Problem Solving – Can your team stack a set of cups without touching them?

Things to consider before your visit:

  • Our Tech Tales program for K – 3rd graders runs about one hour in length.
  • A field trip for 4th – 12th grades usually takes 2-2.5 hours on average.
  • Chaperones will be required to stay with their group throughout the visit.  One chaperone per 10 students is required.
  • Volunteers may be assisting your group; they are here to make your visit great.
  • You are welcome to look, read, and take pictures, but please do not touch the artifacts unless invited to do so.
  • We do not allow food, drinks, or large bags/bookbags in the exhibit spaces.  Water, in a resealable plastic bottle, can be brought in if necessary.  Coats and bags can be stored during your visit.  

View the Georgia Standards of Excellence Grade Alignments for Elementary School, Middle School, and High School.

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