Below is a current list of our outreach programs suitable for Middle School-age students based on TEKS, ELPS, and NGSS. For a list of the standards for each program, click the button below!
Additional information about our Virtual Programs
- Approximately 30-45 minutes, live and interactive programs
- Streamed to your device(s) using the Zoom platform
- Uses the same planetarium software used in our dome (Planetarium Programs Only)
- Optional: Pre-recorded shows created just for your class for those unable to use Zoom
Financial Aid for Programs
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.
STEM Night (All Grades)
This evening program is the perfect addition to your school’s STEM night! Our portable planetarium can also be paired with an additional STEM activity(s) that will leave your students and their families in awe of our world. *Not available onsite or virtual