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Summer Field Trip Catalog

Stars and Planets

Grade:  PreK-K
time:  80 Min
Max Students:  50
NGSS:  1-ESS1-1

During this fun field trip, students will see The Little Star That Could, a story about an average yellow star on a search for planets of his own to warm and protect. Along his way, he encounters other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars can combine to form clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets, and each is introduced to audiences along with basic information about the Solar System.

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In the Discovery Lab, students will have an up close encounter with all the planets in our solar system, and learn more about different kinds of stars. Everyone will also see all the planets and some fun shapes on our Science On a Sphere.

In My Backyard

Grade:  PreK-1
time:  90 Min
Max Students:  50
NGSS:  K-ESS2-2, K-eSS3-3

Students will explore what’s in their own backyard! They will discover things large and small, from the colors of the rainbow, to reasons for the seasons and the stars at night. Students will learn about the four seasons through our original interactive production of Sunny and Friends on the Science On a Sphere. Sunny the Sun and his friends, Crystal the Snowflake, Bolt the Lightning Bolt, and Leafy the Leaf, will teach students about why seasons happen, and the

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appropriate clothing for the changing weather in each season. In the Digital Dome Classroom, students will watch In My Backyard and join children’s entertainer Fred Penner from TV’s Nickelodeon as he explores his backyard. Through the use of entertaining songs and immersive environments, children are encouraged to participate while learning about the planets, constellations, meteors, the moon and more. Rounding out the field trip experience, will a hands-on activity in the Discovery Lab, where students will make their own binoculars, so they can explore their own backyards.

Earth: Yesterday and Today

Grade:  1-4
time:  120 Min
Max Students:  50
NGSS: 2-ESS1-1, 2-ESS2-2, 2-PS1-1, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS4-1

Students will travel back in time while watching Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea in the Digital Dome Classroom. This feature is a fun stop-motion style animated adventure explaining one of the greatest geological events in the history of the Earth: the separation of the supercontinent Pangaea. From racing across the landscape atop dinosaurs to plummeting to the center of the Earth, Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea is the perfect educational

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glimpse at the tectonic forces that forged our world. In the Discovery Lab and Science On a Sphere, students will continue learning about tectonic forces and Earth’s layers through a hands-on plate tectonic activity and model of the Earth’s layers. What better way to see Earth’s dynamic forces than on a giant floating globe?

Panda Experience

Grade:  3-5
time:  120 Min
Max Students:  50
NGSS: 3-LS2-1, 3-LS2-3, 3-LS2-4, 3-LS4, 5-ESS3-1

Learn more about the panda bears. In the Digital Dome Theater, students will view Pandas: The Journey Home and learn about the conservation efforts underway to save pandas and their habitat. Students will gain a global perspective of forest habitat loss and its effects on pandas at the Science On a Sphere. The highlight of this trip is the Discovery Lab experience, including using microscopes and playing games to better understand bamboo, as well as panda habitat and food supply.

Polar Adventure

Grade:  2-4
time:  120 Min
Max Students:  50
NGSS:  3-LS2-1, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3

Get your winter coats on for this trip, because it’s going to get cold. We’re heading to Antarctica! That’s just in the Discovery Lab where students will become penguins and find their families. We like to think of it has a big penguin family reunion. At the Science On a Sphere, students will be immersed into a game show style environment, learning about the differences between the Arctic and Antarctic. Then, it’s time to travel to the Arctic (or the Digital Dome Classroom) and see Wonders of the Arctic.

Reason for the Seasons

Grade:  3-5
time:  120 Min
Max Students:  50
NGSS:  3-ESS2-1, 3-ESS2-2, 4.ESS2.A, 5.ESS2.A

Summer heat. Autumn leaves. Winter snow, and the blossoms of springtime. Let’s investigate the science behind the annual change of the seasons! At our Science on a Sphere, our Virtual Orbital Latitude Assistant (VOLA) will guide students on a journey around the world, gathering data and exploring the influence of Earth’s tilt on weather and climate. Students see our planet in a lifelike, 3-dimensional way as we identify the hemispheres and visually define the lines of latitude and longitude.

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In our Discovery Lab, we review the difference between daily rotation and annual revolution with a model showing Earth’s tilt, the basis of seasonal change. In our dome theater, the seasons go crazy! Join siblings Annie and Max on a worldwide, whirlwind adventure as they discover how and why the seasons change when we screen the fulldome movie, Tilt.

The Goldilocks Planet

Grade:  4-6
time:  120 Min
Max Students:  50
NGSS:  4-ESS1-1, 5-ESS1-1, 5-PS2-1

Everyone knows the story of Goldilocks and Three Bears. Goldilocks liked things “just right.” Scientists also refer to Earth as a “Goldilocks Planet,” because it’s “just right” for there to be life! As far as we know, Earth is the only planet with life. But, what makes Earth “just right?” With Perfect Little Planet in the Digital Dome Classroom, students will get a chance to discover our solar system through a different set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot.

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You can guess which planet is “just right” for their vacation. In the Discovery Lab, students will learn more about the solar system through a fun hands-on activity, and then learn all about Earth’s systems in an interactive Science On a Sphere program.