Field Trip Catalog

Stars and Planets

Grades: Pre-K to K
60 Minutes
Max. Students: 60
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. 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

Grades: Pre-K to 1
90 minutes
Max. Students: 90
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 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

Grades: 1 to 4
120 Minutes
Max. Students: 70
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 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?

Polar Adventure: Early Elementary

Grades: Pre-School to 1
120 Minutes
Max. Students: 75
NGSS: K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-3, K-LS1-1,1-ESS1-1, 1-LS1-2

In our fulldome theater, see the charming story about the adventures of Lars the Little Polar Bear and his friends as they explore the habitats of their real-life counterparts in the Arctic. Based on the children’s book “Little Polar Bear and the Whales,” Lars ventures out on the first day of spring, explores his Arctic home, meets new friends, and saves some endangered whales. The movie combines nature and environmental education, a gentle introduction to climate change, and a touch of astronomy. Learn about how real polar bears live, why they have small ears and tails, what they eat, and how the melting sea ice is affecting their North Pole habitat. In our Discovery Lab, students learn some differences between the North and South Poles, make a penguin mask, and musically find their penguin families! We will turn our Science on a Sphere® into a globe to locate the Arctic and Antarctic, and students will learn more about Arctic animals with an interactive story.

Polar Adventure

Grades: 2 to 4
120 Minutes
Max. Students: 90
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.

Panda Experience

Grades: 3 to 5
120 Minutes
Max. Students: 70
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.

Reason for the Seasons

Grades: 3 to 5
120 Minutes
Max. Students: 90
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. In our Discovery Lab, we review the difference between daily rotation and annual revolution and students create a take-home 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

Grades: 4 to 6
120 Minutes
Max. Students: 90
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. 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.

Meteorologists for a Day

MS and HS: Earth Science and Geography
120 Minutes
Max. Students: 90
NGSS: 5-ESS2-1, MS-ESS2-5, MS-ESS2-6, MS-ESS3-2

Using real satellite cloud data from NOAA, presented on the 6-foot diameter Science On a Sphere, students will be called up on make an important weather forecast for a band’s outdoor concert! Students will also have a chance to see our stunning Dynamic Earth feature in the Digital Dome Classroom, exploring not only Earth’s dynamic systems, but also our human impact on the Earth. It all comes together in the Discovery Lab, where students will use weather instruments to develop and broadcast a forecast!

What “SNOT” to Like?

MS and HS: Biology
90 Minutes
Max. Students: 70
NGSS: MS-LS1-1, MS-LS1-3, MS-LS1-8, HS-LS1-2

During this field trip, students will learn all about the inner workings of the human body. In the Digital Dome Classroom, students will watch Grossology and You. A wise respiratory system once said, “Gross is in the eye of the beholder.” After watching this planetarium show, you may start thinking differently about the “gross” side of the human body and what it does to protect us every day. Join Noreen Neuron, host of the “Personal Universe” game show, as she leads us through a competition to decide which body system is the best and brightest. Will it be Scabby (the immune system), Boogie (the respiratory system) or Flatus (the digestive system)? Laugh and learn as these animated characters explore the inner workings of the human body! Then, students will be making their own snot, pus, and poop in the Discovery Lab!

Newton’s Follies

MS and HS: Physics
150 Minutes
Max. Students: 80
$12 per student
NGSS: MS-ESS1-2, MS-PS2-1, MSPS2-2, MS-PS2-4, HS-PS2-1, HS-PS2-2, HS-PS2-3, HS-PS2-4

Movie: Exploding Universe
Science On a Sphere: Lab orientation
Discovery Lab: Rotation of 10 interactive hands-on stations, exploring Newton’s Laws of Motion and Gravity.

Our EXTREME Pale Blue Dot

MS and HS: Earth Science and Geography
120 Minutes
Max. Students: 90
NGSS: MS-ESS2-5, MS-ESS2-6, MS-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-2, MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4, HS-ESS2-2, HS-ESS2-4, HS-ESS3-1

Renowned astrophysicist Carl Sagan once called Earth the “Pale Blue Dot,” referring an image of Earth from space. Since the launch of space programs around the world, scientists have been able to further explore the inner workings of Earth’s systems, including our human impacts on our pale blue dot. Students will learn more about our achievements (feats) and impacts (footprints) on Earth with our Feats and Footprints program at Science On a Sphere. Then, things get extreme, as students see a fully immersive feature in the Digital Dome Classroom and create their own tornadoes in the Discovery Lab.

Patient Zero

MS and  HS: Biology
120 Minutes
Max. Students: 72
NGSS: MS-LS1-1, MS-LS1-3, MS-LS1-5, HS-LS4-6

The highlight of this field trip experience is in the Discovery Lab, where students are thrust into an epidemic situation and need to determine which student is Patient Zero through a series of lab tests. Students will also have a chance to observe how diseases spread globally, including the influence of climate change, on the Science On a Sphere. In the Digital Dome Classroom, students will watch Cell, Cell, Cell!, the story of the trillions of cells that form our bodies, from our beginnings as a single cell to the complexity of a whole body: it’s the story of who we are. Get shrunk down by the Shrink-a-tron, go back in time with the Retroscope and see an exploded view of all the body systems courtesy of the Cell-o-tron.

Genetic Detectives

Grades: 9th – 12th
120 Minutes
Max. Students: 72
NGSS: HS-LS3-1, HS-LS3-2

The highlight of this field trip experience is in our hands-on Discovery Lab, where students will learn about genetics and inheritance. Students will determine blood type, using the ABO blood typing procedure*, collect and record data and use Punnett Squares to solve a genetic mystery. Students will learn about the human genome, the process of DNA replication, and the role of genes in our chromosomes. In the Science On a Sphere, students will view data sets that show ancient human ancestry and migration to get a glimpse of the past. In the Digital Dome Classroom, students will watch Cell, Cell, Cell! They will go on an animated journey and go back in time with the Retro scope to witness conception. Then watch a single cell develop into the complexity of a whole body. The Cell-o-tron gives an expanded view of all of the body systems. It is the story of who we are!
*(Artificial, non-organic imitation blood is used. All students will have protective gear)