High Roller Observation Wheel launches a self-guided S.T.E.M field trip for families, perfect for those visiting Las Vegas or locals educating their children from home.
The 30- to 40-minute lesson plan includes thought-provoking discussion questions on architectural design, technology, geography, science, mathematical facts and figures and more.
Families start their adventure at ground-level on The LINQ Promenade before making their way to board High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel at 550 feet.
While in the cabin, families can use the fun facts, discussion points and questions provided while enjoying the 30-minute rotation and the spectacular 360-degree views.
Topics and discussions covered in the family field-trip curriculum include:
BEFORE BOARDING HIGH ROLLER (five-minute discussion) – Families will discuss the High Roller and any preconceived notions of observation wheels and Ferris wheels.
- IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES (five-minute discussion) – Let the child explore the design and engineering possibilities of his or her own observation wheel while asking prompting questions.
- HOP ABOARD HIGH ROLLER AND OBSERVE (ten-minute discussion) – Families will observe the High Roller while in the air and ask the child about the wheel, such as: How fast do you think High Roller is going? How high up do you think we are? Why does it move so slowly? How is the wheel powered? Is the energy to power the wheel transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat or electric currents?
- FROM THE TOP (five-minute discussion) – Now observe the views of the Las Vegas Strip and ask questions about what type of observation wheel would the child create of their own.
- COMPARE AND CONTRAST (five-minute discussion) – While descending, let the child compare his or her design to High Roller. Ask: What do you like about High Roller’s design? How is High Roller different from your observation wheel?
- HIGH ROLLER FACTS (five-minute discussion) – Discuss provided facts and figures about High Roller with the child to give them a better understanding of the math and science behind High Roller’s design.
High Roller’s S.T.E.M. family field trip can be downloaded in PDF form here for free.
Locals’ tickets start at $5.75 for youth ages 7 – 17 and $13.75 for adults; to receive locals’ pricing, guests must show a Nevada ID at the box office. Box office pricing for non-Nevada residents starts at $10 for youth ages 7 – 17 and $23.50 for adults.
Tickets for non-Nevada residents are also available online here. Children age 6 and younger ride High Roller for free.