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Engineering Encounters

Through bridge-building activities, students gain a new appreciation for the relevance of civil engineering and design in their daily lives. Creative problem-solving strategies motivate aspiring engineers to explore concepts such as force, balance, and stability.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Dream Big: Engineering Our World (Planetarium Show), and Robot Design Challenge (Class).

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

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

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

Flight of the Butterflies

Follow the monarchs’ perilous journey, join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, and discover the compelling true story of a scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway in this beautiful scientific adventure.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with The Traveling Trunk Show (Interactive Educational Theater) and Beetles, Bugs, & Butterflies (Class).

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

Program Type: Planetarium Shows   Subject: Life Science, History & Social Studies, Science & the Environment
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Forces of Nature

Follow scientists on ground–breaking quests to understand what triggers earthquakes, volcanoes, and tornadoes.

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

Program Type: Educational DVD Film   Subject: Earth & Space Science, Science & the Environment
Cost: $4.50 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

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean

Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau, invites you to dive into this whole new world that will leave you in awe of the beauty and diversity of the oceans – the source of all life on our planet. Secret Ocean introduces audiences to over 30 species, illuminating behaviors captured for the first time thanks to new underwater filming tools.

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

Program Type: Planetarium Shows   Subject: Life Science
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

Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs

Part historic journey and part forensic adventure, this show follows scientists and explorers as they piece together the archaeological and genetic clues of Egyptian mummies and reveal the mysterious world of the pharaohs.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Ancient Egypt Gallery (Guided Exploration), Ancient Egypt & Its Art (Class), and Forensic Crime Lab (Class).

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

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

National Parks Adventure

Join us for the ultimate off-trail adventure into America’s awe-inspiring great outdoors. You and your students will journey through some of America’s most majestic wild places and discover a tapestry of natural wonders that will inspire the adventurer in all of us.

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

Program Type: Planetarium Shows   Subject: History & Social Studies, Earth & Space Science, Science & the Environment
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

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