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Geometry & Quilts

Through hands-on activities, students will recognize the real-world connections between mathematics and the craft of quilting. Students are introduced to traditional patchwork quilts and participate in art-making that supports geometry standards while reinforcing mathematical understanding.

Updated for 2019-2020!

Available to Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Art, Math
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

Shake, Rattle, & Roll

Dr. Decibel, the Museum’s Super Sound Scientist, leads students in an interactive exploration of the world of sound. “Junior Sound Scientists” will become familiar with key vocabulary terms and concepts relating to sound, learn about the anatomy of the ear, and experiment with unique musical instruments from across the globe. This engaging program can easily be adapted for various grade levels.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with America’s Musical Journey (Planetarium Show).

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

Program Type: Interactive Educational Theater   Subject: Physical Science
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

The Magic of Science

Is science magical or is magic scientific? Students will explore the wonders of chemistry and physics in this interactive, presenter-led program that creatively engages them in the learning process. As they investigate the scientific principles behind exciting experiments and demonstrations, learners will discover that science is interesting, relevant, and fun!

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

Program Type: Interactive Educational Theater   Subject: Physical Science
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Ventures through Our Solar System

The planetarium is transformed into a space transport vehicle as we buckle our seatbelts and join the countdown for a live, immersive, and interactive adventure to uncover the latest NASA planetary discoveries throughout our solar system. Included are findings from the New Horizon spacecraft visit to Pluto.

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

Available to Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th

Program Type: Planetarium Shows   Subject: Physical Science, Earth & Space Science
Cost: $6.75 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, the formation of asteroids, the synthesis of carbon, the 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 (Guided Tour) or Astronomy (Guided Exploration).

We Are Stars is preceded by a live, presenter-led tour of the current seasonal night sky.

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

Weatherwise

The Museum’s “Chief Meteorologist” Wendy Wise introduces students to the dynamic world of weather and its impact on the environment. This fast-paced educational adventure brings weather-related terms and concepts to life while keeping students engaged and entertained. Weatherwise also includes an overview of various tools and technologies in the field of meteorology used to study weather patterns.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Earth’s Wild Ride (Planetarium Show).

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

Program Type: Interactive Educational Theater   Subject: Physical Science, Earth & Space Science
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

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