School and Group Programs

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The Museum's Planetarium offers a variety of live and pre-recorded programs for students, all with a question-and-answer period. Elements of the current curricular standards are addressed in most programs. Two live programs, “Mix and Match” and “Sun, Earth, and Moon” have specific ties to these standards.

A second set of group programs called "Full Dome Experiences" takes advantage of our new digital projection technology to offer students unique explorations. Full dome movies, averaging 25 minutes in length, immerse students in different environments, turning the entire planetarium dome into a projection screen. More than just movies, these films take students to places that can’t be imagined any other way. Given their shorter running time, we offer you the option to add on a fifteen-minute live topic at no extra charge. You can see the list below. This allows you to customize the program, get more out of your experience, and brings the entire program time to 45–50 minutes.

Click "Full Dome Experiences" for a list of these programs.

Preschool to Kindergarten Programs

Musical Sky

Preschool through Kindergarten

       Length: approximately 30 minutes
       Format: Live presentation
       Price: $3 per person

We'll show constellations, pictures, and listen to children’s astronomy songs as we explore the sky tonight. We learn about rockets, astronauts, the Moon, and what we can see in the night sky. Choose between a night- focused or planet-focused version. 

Mix and Match

Grades K & up

    Length: approximately 45 minutes
    Format: Live presentation
    Price: $4 per person

Our new Uniview projection technology allows us to go almost anywhere in the visible universe. This program provides an opportunity for you to create the perfect program for your curricular goals. After scheduling, the planetarium director contacts you to plan three to five topics for discussion.


 

Grade 2-5 Programs

The Sky Tonight: Star Talk

Grades 1 & up

    Length: approximately 45 minutes
    Format: Live presentation
    Price: $4 per person

Each show looks at the current night sky and covers bright stars, constellations and planets. Mythologies and interesting astronomical objects are included.

Sun, Earth, and Moon

Grades 2 & up

      Length: 45 minutes
      Format: Live presentation
      Price: $4 per person

We explore the motions of the sky, the phases of the Moon, eclipses (if requested), and the changing night sky. How do the motions of the Sun and Earth result in changing seasons? Why do we see the planets that we do? We’ll fly to the edge of the galaxy and back, to help students understand our place in the Milky Way. A brief night sky exploration is included.

 

The Solar System Live!

Grades 2 & up

       Length: approximately 45 minutes
       Format: Live presentation
       Price: $4 per person

A live presenter takes your class on a tour of our solar system, discussing planets, motions, and other relevant facts about the solar system. We'll zoom in to each planet, enjoying breath-taking visualizations, then travel from the Sun to Pluto and beyond, flying even further to see our place in the Milky Way galaxy. Returning to Earth, we explore the night sky for any currently visible planets.

 

Stories My Ancestors Told

Grades 3 & up

       Length: approximately 45 minutes
       Format: Pre-recorded with live portion
       Price: $4 per person

Available November to April only, from first frost to winter’s end, in keeping with Native American tradition. This show highlights tales related to the night sky and how it formed, with several Native storytellers on video. Stories come from the Ojibwa, Odawa, and Bodewadimi peoples of Michigan. A night sky discussion is included.

 

Mix and Match

Grades 1 & up

    Length: approximately 45 minutes
    Format: Live presentation
    Price: $4 per person

Our new Uniview projection technology allows us to go almost anywhere in the visible universe. This program provides an opportunity for you to create the perfect program for your curricular goals. After scheduling, the planetarium director contacts you to plan three to five topics for discussion.

Grade 6-12 Programs

The Sky Tonight: Star Talk

Grades 1 & up

    Length: approximately 45 minutes
    Format: Live presentation
    Price: $4 per person

Each show looks at the current night sky and covers bright stars, constellations and planets. Mythologies and interesting astronomical objects are included.

 

The Solar System Live!

Grades 2 & up

       Length: approximately 45 minutes
       Format: Live presentation
       Price: $4 per person

A live presenter takes your class on a tour of our solar system, discussing planets, motions, and other relevant facts about the solar system. We'll zoom in to each planet, enjoying breath-taking visualizations, then travel from the Sun to Pluto and beyond, flying even further to see our place in the Milky Way galaxy. Returning to Earth, we explore the night sky for any currently visible planets.

 

Sun, Earth, and Moon

Grades 2 & up

      Length: 45 minutes
      Format: Live presentation
      Price: $4 per person

We explore the motions of the sky, the phases of the Moon, eclipses
(if requested), and the changing night sky. How do the motions of the Sun and Earth result in changing seasons? Why do we see the planets that we do? We’ll fly to the edge of the galaxy and back, to help students understand our place in the Milky Way. A brief night sky exploration is included.

The Lake Effect: The Great Lakes Watershed

Grades 6 and up

    Length: approximately 45 minutes
    Format: Live Presentation
    Price: $4 per person

Live presentation using images, digital data sets, and the Planetarium's technology. Gives an overview of the history of the Great Lakes, their use by people over time, and the resulting abuse of the ecosystem and resulting biodiversity loss. Gives examples of abuse and its causes, and suggestions of how "we" can help restore and protect the Lakes. 

Mix and Match

Grades 1 & up

    Length: approximately 45 minutes
    Format: Live presentation
    Price: $4 per person

Our new Uniview projection technology allows us to go almost anywhere in the visible universe. This program provides an opportunity for you to create the perfect program for your curricular goals. After scheduling, the planetarium director contacts you to plan three to five topics for discussion.

 

Stories My Ancestors Told

Grades 3 & up

       Length: approximately 45 minutes
       Format: Pre-recorded with live portion
       Price: $4 per person

Available November to April only, from first frost to winter’s end, in keeping with Native American tradition. This show highlights tales related to the night sky and how it formed, with several Native storytellers on video. Stories come from the Ojibwa, Odawa, and Bodewadimi peoples of Michigan. A night sky discussion is included.

College and Adult Programs

The Sky Tonight: Star Talk

    Length: approximately 45 minutes
    Format: Live presentation
    Price: $4 per person

Each show looks at the current night sky and covers bright stars, constellations and planets. Mythologies and interesting astronomical objects are included.

 

Big-History: From the Big Bang to us as explorers

Grades 6 and up

    Length: approximately 45 minutes
    Format: Live Presentation
    Price: $4 per person

Humans haven't always been here to observe the Universe. Eventually a planet formed where conditions became conducive to like, and which became ever more complex. The planet changed and life changed with it, leading to us, aware of our place in the Universe, and becoming the observers we are today. What have we observed in our specie's time in Earth?

 

Mix and Match

    Length: approximately 45 minutes
    Format: Live presentation
    Price: $4 per person

Our new Uniview projection technology allows us to go almost anywhere in the visible universe. This program provides an opportunity for you to create the perfect program for your curricular goals. After scheduling, the planetarium director contacts you to plan three to five topics for discussion.

 

Stories My Ancestors Told

       Length: approximately 45 minutes
       Format: Pre-recorded with live portion
       Price: $4 per person

Available November to April only, from first frost to winter’s end, in keeping with Native American tradition. This show highlights tales related to the night sky and how it formed, with several Native storytellers on video. Stories come from the Ojibwa, Odawa, and Bodewadimi peoples of Michigan. A night sky discussion is included.

 

The Solar System Live!

       Length: approximately 45 minutes
       Format: Live presentation
       Price: $4 per person

A live presenter takes your class on a tour of our solar system, discussing planets, motions, and other relevant facts about the solar system. We'll zoom in to each planet, enjoying breath-taking visualizations, then travel from the Sun to Pluto and beyond, flying even further to see our place in the Milky Way galaxy. Returning to Earth, we explore the night sky for any currently visible planets.

Sun, Earth, and Moon

      Length: 45 minutes
      Format: Live presentation
      Price: $4 per person

We explore the motions of the sky, the phases of the Moon, eclipses
(if requested), and the changing night sky. How do the motions of the Sun and Earth result in changing seasons? Why do we see the planets that we do? We’ll fly to the edge of the galaxy and back, to help students understand our place in the Milky Way. A brief night sky exploration is included.

 

The Lake Effect: The Great Lakes Watershed

Grades 6 and up

    Length: approximately 45 minutes
    Format: Live Presentation
    Price: $4 per person

Live presentation using images, digital data sets, and the Planetarium's technology. Gives an overview of the history of the Great Lakes, their use by people over time, and the resulting abuse of the ecosystem and resulting biodiversity loss. Gives examples of abuse and its causes, and suggestions of how "we" can help restore and protect the Lakes.