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2016-2017 School Program List


The Song of the Skies (Grade K & 1)
Sing about the sun, moon, stars, and our home planet earth. Your children will learn to sing this song, count, spell, and identify color in this show for the very young.
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Sunshine and Shadows (Grade K & 1)
This program investigates the beauty of shadows. Your students will learn that a light bulb or the sun makes intense light, therefore casting shadows onto solid surfaces. Your students will identify animal shadow puppets, as well as understand how to make shadows larger or smaller.
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The Shapes in Our Sky (Grade K - 2)
Your students learn how constellations were invented. This program allows your students to develop this concept in easy steps, from observing simple shapes in everyday objects, to imagining shapes marked by the stars in the planetarium sky.
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Sky Wonder (Grade 1 & 2)
Meet the sun, moon, planets, and stars in a basic star show for children. We investigate the day-night puzzle, meet some seasonal constellations, and end the show with a sunrise.
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Our Place in Space (Grade 1 & 2)
Meet Scarlet, our parrot friend, who finds a crossword puzzle book and discovers the planetarium is a fun place to learn about space. Explore the cause of day and night, why the sun's important, the beauty of the constellations and a variety of objects that make up the entire universe.
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Secrets of the Sky (Grade 1 - 3)
Find out things you never knew about the sky above with this catchy tune. In addition to learning about the moon, our sun, and the stars in the night sky, your students will learn about the earth and its place in the solar system.
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Follow the Drinking Gourd (Grade 1 - 4)
This sky show, based on the book "Follow the Drinking Gourd" by Jeanette Winter, introduces the audience to the day and night sky while discussing the importance of the Big Dipper. Your students will learn and sing a song that was sung by slaves in Alabama and Mississippi that explained how to use the gourd to flee north to freedom. Truly a great program!
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Bear Tales (and Other Grizzly Stories) (Grade 3 & 4)
After probing the stars and constellations of the current night sky, join us at the end of this show for a fun sing-a-long. Learn about Ursa Major and Minor and why bears in the sky have long tails, plus other stories about current constellations.
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Your Sky Tonight! (Grade 3 & up)
Explore the night sky as seen from your backyard. This program looks at things you can find in the sky like bright stars and constellations, current moon phase and visible planets. All these objects, plus more, can be seen in your sky tonight!
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Our New Solar System (Grade 3 & up)
See the latest pictures of the planets as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. Investigate the difference between stars and planets in the actual sky. Seasonal star patterns are also reviewed during the second half of your visit.
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Cycles and Time (Grade 3 & up)
Understand the different cycles our planet exhibits during the day and throughout the year. Rotation, which causes the day-night cycle and revolution, causing seasons are explained and differentiated. Students will also learn how to estimate time by seeing different positions of the sun on the dome.
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Seasons and Nature (Grade 4 - 6)
Explore how animals adapt and survive the changing seasonal patterns of the earth. Your students will also understand how and why seasons work on our planet. Current seasonal stars and constellations are also shown.
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Native American Star Legends (Grade 4 & up)
Compare how Native Americans saw their night sky to how we see it today. This program focuses only on Native American stories.
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Greek and Roman Mythology (Grade 4 & up)
Same show description as above, however, this program focuses only on Greek and Roman stories.
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Outward Bound (Grade 4 & up)
From Sputnik to the International Space Station, learn how space exploration began and what we've learned about the solar system. Current missions in space science are updated in this ever-changing program.
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The Moon: Our Closest Neighbor (Grade 4 & up)
Learn all about the moon! Why does it phase? What lights it up? How large is it and what would happen if the moon did'nt't exist? Real photos are used to show basic lunar features such as craters, mountain chains and valleys ...plus much more.
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Comets, Meteors, & Asteroids (Grade 4 & up)
Your solar system is filled with nine principle planets and more than 100 known moons. However, some students and many adults do not know the difference between comets, meteors, and asteroids. In this program, your students will learn the difference between these solar system left-overs and see the current night sky in this fun packed program.
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Impacts From Space (Grade 4 & up)
Is there a comet or asteroid on a collision course with the EARTH? Learn how asteroid 1997 XF11 brought this question to the minds of the world in March of 1998. Your students will learn the real scientific possibility of such an impactor and the result on the earth and its inhabitants.
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Best of the Hubble Space Telescope (Grade 4 & up)
Take a fantastic tour of your universe as seen through the eyes of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). With some of the finest pictures ever released from this orbiting observatory, see new planet pictures, awesome new stars still shrouded in gas, and even dying stars. Peer at galaxies in deep space and even see these star cities colliding into each other.all seen through the sees of the Hubble Space Telescope. Seasonal constellations are shown during the second part of your planetarium visit.
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All About Light (Grade 5 & up)
Learn about the hidden secrets in a beam of white light. Under the dome, each student re-creates Newton's experiment by bending light through a diffraction grating, seeing for themselves that white light is a spectrum of seven colors. Also, color light bulbs and gas tubes under pressure are examined for different properties of light. Then seasonal stars and star patterns are reviewed at the end of the show.
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All About Color (Grade 5 & up)
Learn why we see color in everyday life. With colored flashlights, your students will mix three primary colors - red, green, and blue - yielding a discovery about light mixing. Terms such as reflections and absorption are discussed and demonstrated.
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The Lives of the Stars (Grade 5 & up)
Discover the fascination of the life cycles of the stars...from birth to death. We discuss the meaning of star color, as well as mysterious objects such as white dwarfs, black holes, and supernovae.
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Earth Motions (Grade 8 & up)
This review is based upon the New York State syllabus Topic 4 or Unit 8. Our program visually shows the apparent motions of the stars from three latitudes and demonstrates our seasonal changes such as differing sunrise and sunset directions, increasing and decreasing angle of insolation and changing duration of insolation. A great review for the Earth Science Regents exam.
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