Events & Programs

Science On Wheels – Space Odyssey

Space Odyssey launches you on an amazing celestial journey. Explore the universe in the inflatable planetariums or investigate the phases of the moon, the spectra of gases or the properties of light in your classroom.

Assembly: Help our astronaut-in-training prepare for a trip to the moon! This show takes off with a mind-blowing demonstration about balloons in the vacuum of space. Contemplate the real size of the moon, investigate astronomy tools like spectroscopes and telescopes and cheer for your team in a race between a student and flashlight.

Requirements:

  • A stage or performance area
  • One large table for presenter(s)
  • Access to electricity
  • Access to sound system, if available

Exhibits: Explore meteorites, constellations and Jupiter’s storms. Manipulate a robot arm and explore the Martian terrain. What would the Big Dipper look like from the other side of the universe? How much do you weigh on Venus? Find out answers to these questions and more! Exhibits in English and Spanish.

Requirements:

  • 8-10 large tables (no chairs)
  • Access to electricity
  • Depending on package, adult volunteers may be required to facilitate exhibits

Workshops: 45-minute hands-on workshops are taught in your classrooms. Each educator can choose a topic from the list below for the appropriate grade level.

Requirements:

  • Access to a whiteboard recommended
  • Tables and chairs for participants
  • At least one staff member or adult must be present
  • Each workshop can be taught only once during each time block even if it is listed for two different age groups (except planetarium workshops)
  • Workshop specific requirements are noted in each description

Grades K-2

Lighten Up (in the classroom): Our original story leads students in an exploration of the amazing properties of light as we experiment with a unique collection of objects and flashlights to learn about sunlight, reflection, rainbows and more. Ability to darken room allows for best results.

Your Place in Space (in the classroom): Why is Earth a planet and Pluto a dwarf planet? Explore how astronomers classify objects in our solar system and create your own classification system!

Up in the Sky (in the planetarium): Go on a stargazing adventure in our portable planetarium. Inside, learn your way around the giant “connect-the-dot” pictures in the sky.

Twilight Tales (in the planetarium): Join in the telling of cultural myths from around the world related to the stars and constellations.

Grades 3-5

Cosmic Colors (in the classroom): Become classroom astronomers as you use spectroscopic glasses to view celestial gases and discover the true nature of stars. Document camera highly recommended. Ability to darken room allows for best results.

Plan It: Mars (in the classroom): Explore the science and mathematics behind planning space travel. Work with a team to design the next rover mission to Mars. Think like a NASA scientist to stay within budget and ensure the successful completion of your team’s mission! Students work in groups of three. DVD playing capabilities highly recommended.

Star Search (in the planetarium): Can you “read” the nighttime sky? Learn how to use a star map and then apply your new skills as you hunt for seasonal constellations across the sky in the portable planetarium.

Worldwide Skies (in the planetarium): Can the sky be a calendar or a tool for navigation? Explore how the sky appears to change through the night and year and what these changes have meant to different people around the world. Hear star stories by different cultures as you identify a variety of constellations.

Grades 5-8

Spectacular Spectra (in the classroom): What can astronomers learn about the lives of stars from rainbows? Using spectroscopic glasses, analyze star gases to learn about stellar composition and evolution. Document camera highly recommended. Ability to darken room allows for best results.

Lunar Logic (in the classroom): Why does the moon change shape? This workshop is an introduction to moon phases and lunar exploration. Listen to the voices of the Apollo 11 crew as an astronaut takes the first steps on the moon! Document camera highly recommended. Ability to darken room allows for best results.

Plan It: Mars (in the classroom): Explore the science and mathematics behind planning space travel. Work with a team to design the next rover mission to Mars. Think like a NASA scientist to stay within budget and ensure the successful completion of your team’s mission! Students work in groups of three. DVD playing capabilities highly recommended.

Star Search (in the planetarium): Can you “read” the nighttime sky? Learn how to use a star map and then apply your new skills as you hunt for seasonal constellations across the sky in the portable planetarium.

Worldwide Skies (in the planetarium): Can the sky be a calendar or a tool for navigation? Explore how the sky appears to change through the night and year and what these changes have meant to different people around the world. Hear star stories by different cultures as you identify a variety of constellations.

Note: The portable planetarium needs to be set up in a large, indoor space such as a gym or multipurpose room. The dimensions of the planetarium are 25ft x 25ft x 12ft. Due to noise, this area cannot be used for other activities during planetarium workshop(s).

One of our planetariums requires participants to enter via a low tunnel, if any participants in your group have accessibility requirements, please let us know so we may provide appropriate equipment.

Questions? Review our Science On Wheels – Frequently Asked Questions.

Not sure what you’re looking for? Programs can be adapted to fit your needs. Call (206) 443-2925 or email edprograms@pacsci.org.

TDD: (206) 443-2887

 

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