Westcott Solar Lab

Friday, March 22, 2024 - 8:30am to Friday, May 17, 2024 - 5:00pm

Westcott House offers a unique field trip experience for students of all ages. Our approach integrates multiple disciplines and hands-on immersive experience at the Westcott House and the Solar House, which currently serves as our STEAM lab and a classroom. Westcott Education Council advises our staff on the content and delivery that is most beneficial for optimizing a field trip experience.

In addition to our staff, our guest instructors include extraordinary artists and educators, including Dan Fleisch, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physics at Wittenberg University; Migiwa Orimo, a multi-disciplinary artist; John Reynolds, Professor of Architecture at the Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Depending on the length and date of the field trip, grant funding, and instructors' availability, we make an effort to include experiences with our special guests whenever possible. 

We invite teachers, administrators and parents to request a field trip experience by following the link below and sharing with us a little bit about your specific needs. Maddy Bailey, our Museum Educator will be in touch to start planning your field trip experience at the Westcott House! You may also contact the Museum Educator directly by email to inquire about available programs and learning opportunities.

In order to best serve our school-age audiences, Westcott utilizes the space of an experimental Delta-T 90 Solar House, designed and built by the Norwich University students for the international Solar Decathlon Competition.  This solar-powered structure presents a unique opportunity for students to learn about environmental science and engineering and to see the benefits of science, engineering, and mathematics in the context of green design. While the range of possible activities is wide, the activities include the following subjects:

  • Art/Architecture/Design
  • Analytical/Mathematical
  • Engineering
  • Measurement/Data Analysis

Our staff will work with individual groups to customize the experience based on the grade and the students' needs.



Our STEAM school outreach activities are supported by the Ohio Arts CouncilSimons Foundation and the Association of Science and Technology Centers.