List of School Shows

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Culturally Based

Sky Legends of the Three Fires  
All grades
45 minutes
Gather around a flickering campfire with Larry Plamondon, known as Two Hawks, for three stories about the night sky. These stories, from the Native American people of western and northern Michigan, explain how stars were scattered across the sky, the Milky Way, and the Big Dipper.

Season of Light
Grade 3 and up
40 minutes
Near the time of the winter solstice we experience the longest nights of the year. During this season we engage in traditions that can be traced back to distant ancestors who celebrated the Sun’s annual return to the North. Explore how fires, candles, Christmas Trees and even Santa Claus became a part of our holiday season. Learn about astronomical events that may account for the Star of Bethlehem.

Mystery of the Christmas Star
Grade 4 and up
35 minutes
Journey back 2000 years to Bethlehem in Mystery of the Christmas Star as we seek to discover a scientific explanation for the Star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus. This modern retelling of the Christmas story is sure to charm and captivate audiences of all ages. Este programa está disponible en Español.

Stars of the Pharaohs   
Grade 5 and up
36 minutes
Transport back to ancient Egypt to see how they used science and stars to tell time, the passing of seasons, and align enormous structures. Learn the connections the ancient Egyptians felt to the stars and astronomical phenomena. Travel through the monumental temples and tombs that have been digitally recreated in their original splendor. Don't forget to visit the Mummy while you're at the museum.

Our Place in Space

Big
Grade 3 and up
40 minutes
Just how big is space? Sir Richard Attenborough describes the sights seen through the port of a spacecraft on our way outward to the edges of space.  Take this journey as we voyage past planets, spinning galaxies, and stars that are forming while others are dying.

Galaxies
Grade 5 and up
45 minutes
Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, appears as a faint band of light stretching across the sky.  Within the Milky Way, stars are born from clouds of dust and gas, live out their live building the elements of life, and die leaving fantastic objects behind. Learn about the nature of galaxies, how they interact with one another, and how they cluster into larger structures throughout the universe.

Violent Universe
Grade 5 and up
45 minutes
The starry night sky is our window to a fantastic, ever-changing sculpture we call the universe, where constructive and destructive forces make changes over time spans lasting millions of years or millionths of a second. Discover how asteroids alter worlds, bursts of energy sterilize surrounding space, and gravity flings stars apart as galaxies collide. Este programa está disponible en Español.

Back to the Moon for Good
Grade 5 and up
30 minutes
When Apollo 17 astronauts left the last footprints on the Moon, no one knew how long it would be before the next steps would be taken on the Moon's surface. The Google X Prize will be awarded as an incentive to move lunar exploration into the realm of non-governmental, private industry. Many teams are now engaged in a competition to deliver a robotic package to the surface of the Moon, and to travel 500 meters across the Moon's surface. Este programa está disponible en Español.

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
Grade 6 and up
40 minutes
Welcome to the dark side of the universe in Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity, a presentation of the latest science about black holes. Super computing technology takes the audience on a hunt for the ultimate cosmic monster -- to the center of a black hole, a place humans can never venture.

 

The Earth

Eclipse 2017
Grade 4 and up
45 minutes
See a simulation of the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, and view how the motions of Earth and the Moon cause solar and lunar eclipses. Review some recent eclipses and safe ways to view solar eclipses before getting details of the upcoming total solar eclipse.

Dinosaurs at Dusk
Grade 4 and up
44 minutes
Join Lucy and her father as they explore the past to discover the evolution of dinosaurs into modern day birds. Experience stunning visuals as you travel by various vehicles across a changing planet.

Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs?
Grade 4 and up
24 minutes
Did a space rock six miles wide slam into the Earth 66 million years ago and wipe out 75 percent of all species, including the dinosaurs? Learn about Earth's largest extinction events and celestial objects that periodically hit Earth.

From Earth to the Universe
Grade 6 and up
30 minutes
Through science and technology, man has learned about the Universe. Take a stunning voyage through space and time to learn about our Solar System and the lives of stars, star clusters, and e that make up our Universe. Este programa está disponible en Español.

Habitat Earth
Grade 4 and up
25 minutes
Vast networks of life forms interact with each other on many levels. Explore the living and environmental connections that exist on our planet and affect our daily lives, and discover what it means to live in a connected world. Available January 2018

The Night Sky

One World, One Sky
Preschool - 1st grade
30 minutes
Join Big Bird, Elmo, and their Chinese friend, Hu Hu Zhu, exploring the sky they share. Discover the Big Dipper and North Star, and take an imaginary trip to the Moon with Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu.

In My Backyard
Grade K-2
45 minutes
Through story and song, children’s entertainer Fred Penner invites you to his backyard to explore the changes of the seasons, the concepts of day and night, our Earth, its moon, neighboring planets, and familiar constellations such as the Big Dipper. It’s a fun exploration of the world around us.

Perfect Little Planet
Grades K and up
35 minutes
Imagine the ultimate space vacation. Discover our solar system through a different set of eyes – an alien family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Which of our planets will they choose?

Bear Tales
Grade 2 and up
40 minutes
Travel away from city lights to enjoy America’s great wilderness and the magnificent dark, evening spring sky. Through stories, “grizzly” puns, and natural history, learn to identify constellations as they slowly drift across the springtime sky.

Constellations Tonight
Grade 3 and up
50 minutes
Constellations Tonight prepares viewers for stargazing under the current sky. In this participatory guide to the heavens, you can get oriented to the sky by using the Big Dipper and finding the North Star; learn to use a star map to locate bright stars and constellations; and get examples of what can be seen with a pair of binoculars.

Two Small Pieces of Glass
Grade 5 and up
22 minutes
This full-dome show gives the history of the telescope, from the early instruments of Lippershey and Gallileo all the way to the Hubble Space Telescope. The differences between reflecting and refracting telescopes are discussed. Este programa está disponible en Español.

Orion Nights
Grade 5 and up
45 minutes
During cold winter nights the bright stars of Orion the Hunter twinkle overhead. Learn to find stars within the constellations and how they go through a cycle of birth, aging, and death as their fuel is consumed.

The First Stargazers
Grade 6 and up
24 minutes
Journey back in time to explore how the first stargazers experienced the sky above. Discover the pyramids of Giza and view how they align to the skies. See the Parthenon, Stonehenge, and other places inspired by the first stargazers.

The Solar System

Secrets of the Sun
Grades 5 and up
25 minutes
The story of our star is explored in Secrets of the Sun. From the nuclear forces churning at the heart of the Sun, to the mass ejections of solar material into surrounding space, discover the power of the Sun and its impact on the planets and ultimately life on Earth.   Learn about the Sun’s origin and move forward in time to its ultimate death.  

The Little Star that Could
Grades 2-4
40 minutes
A sweet animated story about a Little Star who is born and searches for a place in space to call home, as well as a name and some planets to keep him company along the way. 

Invaders of Mars
Grade 5 and up
25 minutes
Orbiting spacecraft from Earth gather information about great chasms, canyons and volcanoes on Mars. Robotic landers explore the icy caps and experience the dust devils and storms that sweep across the Martian surface. 

Ice Worlds
Grade 5 and up
25 minutes
Ice Worlds explores the role of ice in the Universe. It is found in the Rings of Saturn, the mountain sized dirty snowballs we call comets, making the moons of the outer Solar System, and covering the Polar Regions of the Earth. Studies of this frozen material lead to a better understanding of our own world.

New Horizons
Grade 5 and up
25 minutes
Follow a comet through interplanetary space to visit violent volcanic eruptions, the icy rings of Saturn, and some of the planets and moons in our celestial neighborhood.  On each of our exotic ports of call, real data and images from modern space probes are transformed into stunning full-dome visualizations.

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
Grade K and up
40 minutes
Join in the story of two children who build a rocket out of a cardboard box and take a fantastical voyage through the solar system with the help of a magical book and their own vivid imaginations.

Wonderful Worlds
Grade 5 and up
50 minutes
Wonderful Worlds is a tour of our solar system. This show features IRVING, the Interplanetary Reconnaissance & Visualization Interactive Navigational Guide. See the planets as they appear from Earth, where they reside in the solar system, and in close-up views provided by an armada of space probes.

Technology

Dawn of the Space Age
Grade 4 and up
45 minutes
Trace the origins of space exploration starting with the launch of Sputnik in October 1957 through the first Moon landing in 1969. Then move into the era of robotic explorers whizzing past or landing on distant worlds.  And look ahead to commercial exploration of near Earth space and the dream of space tourism.

Journey to Space
Grade 4 and up
40 minutes
Man has an inherent need to explore what lies beyond the next horizon. This drive combined with emerging technologies from sailing ships, air travel, and rockets has opened up new vistas for us to contemplate. Where will man go in the future following the Space Shuttle Program? What might these future missions look like, and what are problems of long-term space flight that must be solved as we learn how to journey beyond our planet?

 

Just for Fun

Star Shapes
Under 6 year olds
9 minutes
There are many shapes in both the day and night sky. An examination of the Sun, Moon, and Earth will show that many things are round like a ball. However, not all things are round like a ball; some are round and like a pancake! Within this short program aimed at young children, our narrator introduces his audience to the motions and shapes of objects that make up our Solar System.

Let It Snow
All Ages
30 minutes
Celebrate the winter season with this holiday music show. Artistic impressions of various popular holiday music come to life on the dome, transporting the entire family to a magical wonderland of music and light. Grade 5 and up

Led Zeppelin
50 minutes
Experience many of Led Zeppelin's classics in 5.1 surround sound set to immersive and surrealistic computer-generated effects.

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
Grade 5 and up
45 minutes
Pink Floyd’s progressive 8th album is put to stunning visuals that will send you to the moon. The music you know is taken to a new level when combined with crisp laser graphics and shown on the planetarium’s dome.

Pink Floyd's The Wall
Grade 5 and up
60 minutes
Experience “The Wall” like never before. Our Pink Floyd series culminates with the band’s 11th studio album set to stunning laser graphics.

Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here
Grade 5 and up
50 minutes
This music light show features the music of Pink Floyd's album "Wish You Were Here" synchronized with video light effects created by Starlight Productions.

SpacePark 360
Grade 5 and up
45 minutes
Travel through an amusement park that spans the Solar System. Computer generated graphics create unique but somewhat familiar rides at each of the planets.

Nitewalk
Grade 3 and up
10 minutes
Take a spooky Nightwalk through a cemetery, caves, and dark corridors. Not recommended for small children or those easily spooked!