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Engineering: Simple Machines

As they cooperatively problem-solve in groups, young engineers will investigate the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of objects while building various machines. Exciting hands-on challenges will focus on Newton’s Laws of Motion and the Law of Conservation of Energy. Activities will illustrate the relevance of engineering in daily life as students design and build together.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Dream Big: Engineering Our World and Secrets of Gravity: In the Footsteps of Albert Einstein (Planetarium Shows).

Available to Grades: 2nd, 3rd, 4th

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Physical Science
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Forensic Crime Lab

Students analyze and interpret evidence to identify the victim and the perpetrator at a staged crime scene. They reach their conclusions by using chromatography, forensic entomology, blood typing, skeletal identification, and other means of discovery. This class requires the participation of at least six chaperones willing to serve as “forensic assistants.”

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Ancient Egypt Gallery (Guided Tour or Exploration), Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs (Planetarium Show), and Ancient Egypt & Its Art (Class).

Available to Grades: 5th, 6th

Program Type: Classes   Subject: English & Language Arts
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Geology Guided Exploration

Includes a 30-minute Solar System Gallery Guided Tour and a related 30-minute hands-on activity.

Get hands-on with geological processes and activities in the Solar System Gallery. An exhibition of minerals and fossils, including a 65-million-year-old authentic Triceratops prosus skull, will teach students about our aging planet. 

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea and Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia (Planetarium Show).

Available to Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Program Type: Guided Explorations   Subject: Physical Science, Earth & Space Science, Science & the Environment
Cost: $5.25 per student & chaperone

Journaling: Learning to Look & Looking to Write

As students explore the art in the current exhibition, they are encouraged to look closely and reflect on what they see. Creative writing activities take place in the gallery, using the art on view for inspiration. These activities will sharpen observation skills as students respond to art through writing while exploring opportunities for collaboration and personal reflection. Includes tour of the art exhibition on view.

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

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Art, English & Language Arts
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Magic Tree House Space Mission

A mysterious “M” sends the adventurous Jack and Annie on a fun-filled journey to discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel, and more. This beautifully-produced show is great for Magic Tree House book fans and school audiences alike.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with The Art of Astronomy (Class), Solar System Gallery (Guided Tour), or Astronomy (Guided Exploration).

Magic Tree House Space Mission is preceded by a live, presenter-led tour of the current seasonal night sky.

Available to Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

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

Mystery Crime Lab

Junior Forensic Scientists investigate and analyze the evidence at a staged crime scene to solve a mystery. Students experiment with blood typing; chromatography; fingerprinting; and other interdisciplinary, hands-on activities. This class requires the participation of at least six chaperones willing to serve as “forensic assistants.”

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Ancient Egypt Gallery (Guided Tour or Exploration) and Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs (Planetarium Show).

Available to Grades: 3rd, 4th

Program Type: Classes   Subject: English & Language Arts
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Robot Design Challenge

Students sharpen their critical thinking and problem- solving skills to build modular robots. Working in teams, they will use the Science and Engineering Practices to develop inventions that sense, compute, and act upon the world around them. As students design their robots, they actually build a program through hands-on coding. This class culminates in a race that challenges each group to create the smartest and fastest robot.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Dream Big: Engineering Our World (Planetarium Show) and Engineering Encounters (Class).

Available to Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Math, Physical Science
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Science Station

Interaction with STEAM-focused exhibits makes learning meaningful, relevant, and exciting. Hands-on, minds-on activities in this unique gallery space encourage students to playfully engage in innovative, open-ended learning experiences. Design and building stations will elevate your students’ love of discovery.

Available to Grades: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Program Type: Hands-On Galleries   Subject: Art, Math, Life Science, Physical Science, Earth & Space Science, Science & the Environment
Cost: $2.00 per student & chaperone

Secrets of Gravity: In the Footsteps of Albert Einstein

Join us for an exciting voyage of discovery through space and time as your students learn about the laws of nature and the discoveries of Albert Einstein as well as his own philosophy of remaining inquisitive and discovering the world for yourself. This is an animated show which uses the latest technological developments and combines fascinating facts with an emotional story, generating an enduring learning effect.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Marbles, Motion, & Magnets (Class) and Solar System Gallery (Guided Tour) or Astronomy (Guided Exploration).

Secrets of Gravity: In the Footsteps of Albert Einstein is preceded by a live, presenter-led tour of the current seasonal night sky.

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Available to Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

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

Seeing!

Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, this show takes visitors on an amazing journey of a single photon as it is produced in a distant star, before traveling across the vast expanse of space to land on someone’s retina. This fulldome planetarium show explores some of the fascinating processes of the cosmos, from astrophysics to the biology of the eye and the brain.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Bright Light (Class) and Harmonies in Color (Art Exhibition Guided Tour or Exploration).

Seeing! is preceded by a live, presenter-led tour of the current seasonal night sky.

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

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

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