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Volcanoes of the Deep Sea

Follow a team of scientists on a dive to research mysterious hydrothermal vents on the mid-ocean ridge and discover the fantastic diversity of the deep.

Available to Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Program Type: Educational DVD Film   Subject: Earth & Space Science
Cost: $3.50 per student & chaperone

We Are Stars

Join us for an adventure that starts with a little stardust and builds over billions of years to become our world. Topics include the formation of hydrogen, nuclear fusion in stars, formation of asteroids, synthesis of carbon, creation of our own solar system, and the emergence of the very first living cells on Earth. We Are Stars is an incredible ride that explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and explosive origins.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Solar System Gallery (Tour) or Astronomy (Guided Exploration).

Available to Grades: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Program Type: Planetarium Shows   Subject: Physical Science, Earth & Space Science
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Winter/Spring Exhibition - Finding Vivian Maier Guided Tour

What are the odds of a camera-toting babysitter becoming a famous photographer? Vivian Maier (1926-2009) worked as a nanny for about forty years on Chicago’s North Shore, taking candid shots of people while on field trips with her young charges. Children playing tag, ladies admiring shop windows, and men waiting for the bus are among the approximately 100,000 photographs by Maier, which were shot in black and white and later color film. Maier became an instant celebrity posthumously when an anonymous trunk of undeveloped film came up at auction in 2009. The purchaser later posted the images on the Internet, catching the attention of art critics world-wide. Students will discuss the difference between traditional photography and digital imagery, learn what makes a successful composition, and talk about the art tradition of street photography.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Bright Light (Class) and Seeing! (Planetarium Show). 

Available to Grades: Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Program Type: Guided Tours   Subject: Art, Science as Inquiry, History & Social Studies
Cost: $1.50 per student & chaperone

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