Upper Class Education Program

Interactive Curriculum-Based Learning

The Upper Class Education Program provides field trip choices for Kindergarten to Grade 6 students (other grades are also welcome). Working with teachers, we have created full and half day programs that focus on collaborative learning, to give students a whole new perspective on Calgary’s architecture, history, and geography.

Students complete 2 main components: a hands-on activity and a technology-based activity. All activities are designed to fit with, and enhance your curriculum, while keeping students engaged and having fun. Our Education Coordinator will work closely with you to make organizing your field trip easy and enjoyable.


Cost & Class Size

Full Day: $15.00/student

Half Day: $10.00/student

We offer 1 complimentary teacher or parent volunteer for every 8 students. Additional adults are welcome at a special rate of $13.00 per person.

The Upper Class program was designed for 1 class (maximum of 30 students), however it is possible to have 2 classes attend on the same day (maximum of 60 students). Please inquire for more details.


Field Trip Schedule

Typical Full Day (recommended for grades 3-6)

 

10:00am

Arrive at the Calgary Tower, meet the Education Coordinator, go over Tower rules, and move to the Observation Deck.

10:10am

Drop off belongings on the Upper Deck, and free time to explore the Observation Deck.

10:25am

Move back to the Upper Deck, have a quick pocket snack, and then listen to Tower presentation

11:15am

Observation Deck tour with Tablet Technology activity.

12:15pm

Lunch in Upper Deck.

12:45pm

Hands-on activity (chosen from activity options).

1:45pm

Wrap up, gather belongings, and additional time to explore.

2:00pm

Time to depart.


Typical Half Day
(recommended for grades K-2)

 

10:00am

Arrive at the Calgary Tower, meet the Education Coordinator, go over Tower rules, and move to the Observation Deck.

10:10am

Drop off belongings on the Upper Deck, have a quick pocket snack, and free time to explore the Observation Deck.

10:25am

Move back to the Upper Deck, and then listen to Tower presentation

11:00am

Observation Deck tour with Tablet Technology activity OR hands-on activity (chosen from activity options).

11:50pm

Wrap up, gather belongings, and additional time to explore.

12:00pm

Time to depart.

 


Hands-On Activities

We offer a number of different hands-on activities for each grade level. Through these activities, students are encouraged to think about how our city and the Tower were constructed, how they would construct their own tower, and the importance of the buildings in the downtown core.

Tower Building
(Grades K-6)

Students get a chance to build their own tower out of a number of materials, and must pass both a height and weight strength test.

Oil Pastel
Cityscape

(Grades K-6)

Using the view from the Tower as an inspiration, students will put their art skills to work as they create their own cityscape.

Landmark
Scouting

(Grades K-2)

From the best view in the city, students will partake in a high elevation scavenger hunt, learning about what landmarks lie around the city of Calgary.

Shapes of
our City

(Grades K-3)

A math challenge that begins with a scavenger hunt with for the shapes that make up the Calgary Tower. Students will then create their own tower out of those same shapes.

Mapping
Your City

(Grades 1-2)

Students get the chance to create their own map of the city of Calgary, right from where you can see it all.

Compass
Challenge

(Grades 2-3)

Students get the opportunity to work with magnetic compasses and directionally discover just where Calgary's landmarks are.

Hot or Cold?
(Grades 2-5)

Students will embark on a behind the scenes tour where they will predict and measure the temperature change at each location.

360 Degrees
of Math

(Grades 4-6)

A math challenge that requires students to explore the Observation Deck, while gathering data to solve problems of shape, size and area.

Calgary's Link
to the World

(Grades 4-6)

Students learn that the Calgary Tower is a founding member of the World Federation of Great Towers, what the criteria are and then get to design Calgary's newest downtown tower.

Engineering Challenge
(Grades 6+)

For those looking for a more challenging building experience, students build a tower out of raw spaghetti, tape, string, and a single marshmallow.

 


Technology-Based Activity

Grade 1-6 students will be paired up, and given a tablet with a series of questions to answer as they move around the Observation Deck. Questions cover social studies, mathematics, science, local history, architecture, geography, and the design and construction of the Tower.

Our handheld multimedia guide is also available to students, and is suitable for grades K-6. This award-winning tour provides students with a panoramic view of the city, which matches the view from our windows. Important landmarks are highlighted, and can be interacted with to bring up information and interesting facts. Tours are available in English, French, German, Mandarin, Spanish, Korean, and Japanese.


Physical Education Activity (optional)

Your class can also add a physical education component by climbing the 802 stairs that are inside the mast of the Calgary Tower. Recommended for grades 3 and higher. Please inquire if you would like this included in your day.