Planetarium Astronomy Programs

Thank you for considering bringing your class to Sloan Museum, Longway Planetarium or Buick Automotive Gallery! We have a wide variety of classes that will fit the GLCE's for your classroom. If you need history, science or social studies, you've come to the right place.  Reservation Line: 810.237.3409

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In My Backyard

Grades K-1
Follow Fred Penner and his assistant, Arnie the Arrow, as they explore the colors of the rainbow and the reason for seasons. Then, join Fred in his backyard to learn about the planets and constellations. (45 minutes)

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Accidental Astronauts

Grades 1 – 3
Follow the adventures of Cy and Annie and their dog Armstrong as they embark on an unexpected journey into space! Explore the Earth, Sun and Moon system with a wise-cracking starship computer. Bounce along with them on the surface of the Moon. Get up close and personal with a solar storm, and gain a new appreciation of our home planet.
(50 min)
GLCE: E.ES.01.11, P.FM.03.22
NGSS: 1-ESS1-1

Sea Monsters

Grades 3 – upIn the Late Cretaceous, a great inland ocean divided North America in two. A curious and adventurous dolichorynchops (familiarly known as a dolly’’) travels through life’s stages, experiencing the world from her spot near the bottom of the food chain. Along the way, she will encounter long-necked plesiosaurs, giant turtles, enormous fish, ferocious flippered crocs, fierce sharks, and the most dangerous sea monsters of all, the mosasaurs.
(45 min)
GLCE: L.EV.03.12, L.EC.04.11, L.EC.04.21, E.ST.06.31, E.ST.06.42
NGSS: 4-ESS1-1

Perfect Little Planet

Grades 3 –4
Imagine the ultimate space vacation! Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. Walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.
(50 min)
GLCE: P.EN.03.11, P.FM.03.22, E.ST.04.11

Asteroid: Mission Extreme

Grades 4 & up
Asteroid: Mission Extreme takes audiences on an epic journey to discover the possibilities that asteroids present for space travel. Using stunning visuals and state-of-the-art computer graphics, the film presents the fascinating idea, based on real science, that asteroids could be used as stepping stones to other worlds, veritable “way stations” in space enabling us to cross the entire solar system.
(45 minutes)
NGSS: MS-ESS1-1

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Skies Over Michigan

Grades 4+
In this live program, students will explore the night sky. Topics include: rotation of Earth for day and night, finding the North Star and finding your way around the night sky, what a constellation is and which are visible in the current night sky. Also discussed will be Moon phases, daily and monthly motion of the Moon through the sky; visible planets and their movement among the stars.
(60 min)
GLCE: E.ST.04.11, E.ST.04.12, E.ST.04.21, E.ST.04.22, E.ST.04.23, E.ST.04.24, E.ST.04.25, E.ST.05.62, E.ST.05.21, E.ST.05.22, E.ST.05.23

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Stars

Grades 4+
STARS focuses on the lives of the stars, how they are born, how they die, and how human understanding of the stars has changed over time. From Native Americans to Newton, from the electromagnetic spectrum to Einstein, audiences will explore nebulae, star clusters, pulsars, black holes, and more.
(50 min)
GLCE: E.ST.04.25, E.ST.05.23, E.SE.06.61 NGSS: 5-ESS1-1, MS-ESS1-2

Sun Struck

Grades 4+
Discover the wonders of our sun. Its incredible energy has supported life on earth for millennia, but is now threatening our technology and way of life. Travel to the distant future to discover our sun’s connection to the universe’s cosmic cycle of life and death.
(50 min)
GLCE: E.ST.04.11, E.ST.05.21
NGSS: 5-ESS1-1

Two Small Pieces of Glass

Grades 4+
While attending a local star party, two students learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the Universe. Their conversation with an astronomer enlightens them on the history of the telescope and the discoveries these wonderful tools have made.
(45 minutes – includes Star Talk)
GLCE: S.IP.M.1, S.IA.M.1, S.RS.M.1, E.ST.05.11, E.ST.05.21

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Violent Universe

Grades 4+
The beauty of a starlit sky conceals the violent forces at work within our universe. From the upheaval of a giant star that explodes to release its material into space, to a future encounter between the Earth and a large asteroid that is too close for comfort, we will witness the forces that hold the universe together and occasionally try to rip it apart.
(50 min)
NGSS: MS-ESS1-1

IBEX

Grades 5+
IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System details the IBEX spacecraft’s exploration of the outer solar system using energetic neutral atom (ENA) imaging to create the first global maps of interactions between the million mile-per-hour solar wind and the low-density material between the stars, known as the interstellar medium. Using these data, researchers will examine the structures and dynamics of the outer heliosphere and address a serious challenge facing human exploration by studying the region that shields Earth from the majority of galactic cosmic ray radiation.
(45 min)

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