In-School Exploration,  Off-Campus Field Trip

Provider: The Circus Arts Conservatory

Contact: Karen Bell
941-355-9335 x302

Starting cost per student: $20

Additional Info: An off campus exploration to the Sailor Circus Arena can be arranged, giving students a chance to see and feel first hand circus equipment and learn basic skills.

Max. Capacity: 350

Transportation Needed?  Yes

Who Arranges Transportation? School

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  Yes


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Artist, Alexander Calder created a miniature circus in the 1920’s that was  based both in art and engineering.  His circus (figurines made from cork, wire and wood) was tremendously popular  in the art worlds of both Paris and New York.  Calder’s mechanical engineering degree and gigantic artistic ability are what make this marriage of physics and art so compelling.

This Project-Based Learning exploration, presented by The Circus Arts Conservatory’s Education Program,  integrates Science and Art in the classroom.  Students are asked to choose and research a circus act.  An off-campus exploration at the Sailor Circus Arena will give the students an experience on circus equipment to help better understand the concepts. Once the science of motion has been explained and understood, as well as information about the act, the students will demonstrate their  knowledge of physics by creating a model of their circus act and present to the class.

For lesson review and further inquiry,  a website is available for use in the classroom or on the students home computer at  On the site, students will be able to look at circus acts and watch video on each of the scientific concepts discussed in each classroom lesson. There will also be a teacher link with additional lesson plans. A workbook will be provided for each student as well as a teachers edition with Standards listed for each lesson.



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