SPOC Planetarium

Bringing space to Earth!

The SPOC (Space Portal Odyssey Capsule) Portable Planetarium is an interactive and engaging planetary experience for students of all ages

While we are unable to use our dome at this time, we are still able to offer SPOC as a virtual program or in our auditorium during field trips! View our sneak peak video to see what we can do!
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Current Programs

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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.
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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!
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Trip Through the Solar System (5th-8th)

Students are guided on an adventure through our solar system visiting each planet to compare their physical and chemical properties, location, seasons, weather, and natural satellites. Visiting the non-planetary objects in our solar system teaches students that Pluto’s story is not uncommon.
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Journey Through Space (All grades)

In this fully-customizable program, teachers choose what is shown! This program can be adapted to fit the teaching objectives of chemistry, physics, history, and astronomy. Mythology may be included to explain how the names of celestial objects came about. The Universe is the limit!

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 SPOC Planetarium Programs

To inquire about funds to help offset the cost of your SPOC field trip or program, email our Education Department after filling out either a field trip or outreach request form.
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