If kids are as cynical today as they were in my day, I think a public school trip to the Ark Encounter would be a sure way to convince a busload of kids that they were visiting some sort of parody of the American Bible Belt. How many kids would even laugh about the fact that not a single animal is housed in the Ark Encounter, not to mention that it doesn’t float? And a smart teacher would probably inform the kids that in a modern zoo it takes a ratio of staff to animals that makes the eight members of the Noah extended family sound very overworked—especially without the benefit of modern technology. (Whenever a question is posed that exposes the problems of constructing the ark, Ken Ham claims that the ancients had advance technologies we don’t know anything about. Yet, everything in the Ark Encounter displays is very primitive. Which is it? Advanced or primitive?)
If I were teaching high school science, I would actually love to take such a field trip and divide the class into “teams” trying to identify the greatest number of flaws in AIG claims. To get them started, we could discuss actual storage capacity for such a structure after allowing for load-bearing supports. (Using nothing but wood, I would estimate that over half of the internal volume would have to be occupied by wooden supports in all three axes. Frankly, the number is probably closer to 75% of internal volume.) I think lots of children would notice that Ham makes little provision for efficient storage capacity for food and fresh water. Air ventilation is non-existent. (There’s a silly “moon pool” exhibit but even if it were to somehow move enough air at 100% humidity through the entire structure, it wouldn’t help during the periods before and after the flood when the ark is sitting on land with everybody aboard.
The main problem with a field trip to either the Creation Museum or the Ark Encounter is that their Rules of Conduct prohibit any teaching or even any audible objections or criticism of the exhibits.
You can bet that kids are going to Google Ken Ham’s claim that it is the world’s largest all wood structure. Of course, it isn’t. For one, it isn’t all wood. Building codes require them to use steel bolts and connectors, not the wooden nails Ham originally proposed. Secondly, the Ark Encounter is only about 1/4th (if I recall??) of the size of the ACTUAL largest structure: the Atlas-I, the Trestle, where the military tested the damage done by nuclear pulse loads on aircraft etc. (And it has not a single metal nail.)
From what I’ve heard, the Ark Encounter exhibit include no calculations of things like storage volume, food and water needs, ventilation cfpm, etc.