A factory tour is a powerful teaching tool.
We love field trips! How about taking your child or students on a factory tour so that they see first-hand how things are made. This is a great way to explore and teach about the world and new subjects in Spanish such as aviones, (airplanes), máquinas (machines), el periódico (news paper). Before you pack up your bags and head out the door, have your child or student write, color and have little lesson and preparation for the field trip you are about to take.
- What questions do they have?
- What vocabulary can you introduce?
- Use material such as a coloring sheets like el helicóptero
After the trip you will have amazing fun conversation about what they learned and what they found most interesting. Help your students develop those critical thinking skills.
Here are some interesting and exciting tours we found in a few states:
Boeing Commercial Airplane
The Boeing Everett factory tours are conducted to showcase The Boeing Company and the Everett product line, the 747, 767, 777 and soon 787. As part of the tour, visitors walk through part of the largest building in the world by volume (472,000,000 cubic feet). On the Boeing flight line, visitors see airplanes in various stages of assembly, manufacture and flight test for airline customers around the world.
Seattle Times Newspaper
The tour includes following the newspapers “hot off the press” through our packaging center and out the door to the trucks. One of the most popular parts of the tour is watching the robots pick up enormous rolls of newsprint and move them to the press.
Theo Chocolate Factory
On our factory tours, we entertain you with the story of cocoa, including the extraordinary transformation of the cocoa fruit into what we know and love as chocolate!
La Maquinaria at Theo Chocolate Factory.
San Francisco, AT&T Park
It’s the ballpark where home runs can be “splash hits.” Where the breathtaking Bay view’s rival the action on the field. On your behind-the-scenes ballpark tour of sensational AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, you will get to go places only the players and staff go.
Corona, CA Fender Musical Corp.
Experience more than 8,000 square feet of exhibits featuring hundreds of instruments, amps, photos, historical artifacts, interactive displays and more that give guests from all over the world a fascinating, educational and unforgettable firsthand look at the entire Fender story from 1946 to today.
Fort Worth, Texas Motor Speedway
Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines! Take the green flag for a high-speed visit to one of the world’s largest and most modern sports and entertainment facilities, Texas Motor Speedway.
NY, Metropolitan Opera Guild
90-minute Backstage Tours explore the creation of an opera production, guiding visitors through the shops where artisans work on the sets, costumes, and wigs, and includes the rehearsal facilities, dressing rooms, 10-story backstage complex, and the auditorium. This is a fantastic opportunity for individuals, families and groups to see what goes on behind the scenes of a major production
You can find more tours and check what is available in your neck of the woods at: http://factorytoursusa.com/