From early flight to modern space exploration, your class will encounter out-of-this-world learning about the different innovations and historical figures of aerospace. Enhance your field trip experience beyond our exhibits with one of our award-winning educational programs. Our educational programs are designed to apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics principles to the area of aviation and space flight. All programs are TEKS aligned and led by one of our knowledgeable educators.
Learning to Fly (PK-K)
Introduce young learners to various people and facilities that help support the daily operations of an airport. Students will then practice piloting around the Museum on an educator-led tour. Educator-led tour is only available onsite.
Down to Earth (PK-2nd)
Young scientists will explore the daily weather patterns and seasons of our home planet through interactive experiments, observations, and demonstrations.
Weather, It Matters! (2nd-6th)
Energize your classroom with hands-on activities comparing the intense weather present on the diverse planets of our solar system with our weather patterns on Earth.
Aerodynamics 101 (3rd-6th)
Students apply the physics of aerodynamics and learn about the four forces of flight through this interactive program. They will then use their newly-gained knowledge to build and test different paper aircraft.
Lunar Crash Course (3rd-6th)
Teams of students apply problem solving and critical thinking skills to survive a crash landing on the Moon. Students also learn about the Earth-Moon system and compare the physical characteristics of the two.
The Fight to Flight (5th-12th)
In this exciting auditorium program, students will compete in challenges demonstrating four firsts in aerospace history: the Wright Brothers, Sputnik I, Vostok I, and Apollo 11, while also learning about diverse achievements.
Emergency Mars Mission (7th-12th)
Students form NASA mission control teams to plan a colonizing operation to Mars. Tasks include selecting launch dates, rocket type, and diverse crew members. Their mission is then tested against rigorous scenarios to determine the rate of success and survival.
Living History (All Grades)
History comes to life through interactive auditorium programs in which diverse aviation characters tell their stories. Current personalities include: Amelia Earhart and Rosie the Riveter.
SPOC Planetarium Programs
My Moon, My Sky (PK-2nd)
Stargazers learn about the different types of stars (including our Sun), Earth, and Moon by comparing size, color, and position. Zooming in on the Moon, we complete a lunar month identifying the Moon’s phases and surface composition.
Sun, Earth, Moon System (2nd-5th, 8th)
Daily and seasonal patterns and changes in our sky are explained as students observe the Sun, Earth, and Moon system from different perspectives. Comparing the characteristics of each body helps students better understand the states of matter, effects of having an atmosphere, and the pull of gravity!
Trip Through the Solar System (5th-12th)
Students are guided on an adventure through our solar system visiting each planet to compare their physical properties, location, movements, and natural satellites. Learning our solar system's characteristics helps students understand how humans explored beyond Earth.
Journey Through Space (All Grades)
Reinvigorate your classroom with a program that's fun and suitable for everyone! This program comes with different selections to satisfy multiple age ranges. Current programs include: Star Stories, Moon to Mars, Our Pale Blue Dot, and Beyond the Sun. For full descriptions please visit our SPOC Planetarium page.
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Field Trip FAQ's
A: Check by submitting a request form. You will receive an email reply notifying you whether or not your dates for the program requested are available. If your date(s) are approved, you will need to reply to this e-mail confirming the date(s) so that we may send you a confirmation/invoice letter for your desired program.
A: Currently, our indoor eating spaces are open but restricted to individuals or small groups. We recommend eating lunch outdoors or offsite to help with public safety. We only sell snack items in our gift shop, but there are plenty of places to order from nearby and have lunches for your group delivered.
A: Programs are normally 45 minutes long (30 minutes for our early childhood programs). When your program date is confirmed, you will receive additional information about your schedule a week prior to your scheduled date.
A: Payment is due the day of the scheduled field trip. We cannot provide refunds so please make sure you have accurate numbers on your invoice whenever you make payment.
A: Yes, we currently have a grant for our planetarium programs for Title I Schools. After filling out a Field Trip Request Form, please contact our Education Department for information regarding this.
A: If you are scheduled for a guided tour and/or program, you should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your first program. When unexpected traffic delays your arrival, please contact the Education Department or call the front desk (214.350.1651) if possible. We will do our best to accommodate your group, but we are unable to guarantee an adjusted schedule.
A: For our SPOC planetarium, we can fit a maximum of 40 students and 1 adult at a time. We also schedule a maximum of 40 students for our classroom programs, with some slight exceptions. If scheduling an auditorium program, we can serve up to 200 students at a time.
A: This depends on what your group is doing! If your group is only planning on a self-guided tour, we recommend about an hour. If your group is going to do a guided tour and/or an education program, we schedule each activity for 45 minutes at a time. If you choose to do one education program, you would schedule two to three hours (dependent on your group's size) along with additional time for lunches. Majority of booked groups will plan to stay from 10am-1pm (3 hours) if they are doing a program.