Activities

Whole Group Activity

 IMAX Mission Film

IMAX NGSS Standard
A Beautiful Planet

A breathtaking portrait of Earth from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before including life aboard the International Space Station (NGSS: MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2)

Apollo 11: First Steps

A thrilling cinematic experience that showcases the real-life moments of humankind’s first steps on the moon (NGSS: MS-ETS1-1)

Dream Big

With inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, and extraordinary visuals, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all  (NGSS: MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2)

Grand Canyon Adventure

Audiences experience the Grand Canyon as never before while learning about the challenges we face and the opportunities that exist for conserving and restoring our waterways

Hidden Universe

Stunning, 3D images of space allow moviegoers to explore the earliest galaxies, watch stars being born in vivid clouds of gas and dust, tour the surface of Mars, and witness images of distant celestial structures including stunning views of the Sun captured by the world's most powerful telescope (NGSS: MS-ESS1-1, MS-ESS1-2, MS-ESS1-3)

Hubble

An inspiring and unique look into the Hubble Space Telescope's legacy and highlight its profound impact on the way we view the universe and ourselves

Journey to Space 3D

Uncover what NASA and the space community are working on, and the challenges they face to carry out bold missions such as capturing asteroids and landing astronauts on Mars (NGSS: MS-ESS2-2, MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2)

Planet Power

By mixing traditional animation and CGI to spectacular aerial shots, Planet Power shows how renewable energy can help us fight climate change while improving our quality of live and protecting the environment (NGSS: MS-ESS3-1)

Tornado Alley

Traversing the “severe weather capital of the world,” Tornado Alley documents two unprecedented missions seeking to encounter one of Earth’s most awe-inspiring events—the birth of a tornado

Small Group Activities - Facilitated

 

Demonstrations  Recommended Schedule  Description

Earth and Solar System Demonstration (6th Grade)

August 26, 2019 -November 1, 2019

Hands-on activities that first explore objects in our universe and their size and age in relation to each other and then explore meteorites answering the questions: What are the different types of meteorites? What can meteorites tell us about Earth? (NGSS: MS-ESS1-1, MS-ESS1-2, MS-ESS1-3, MS-ESS1-4, MS-ESS3-1)

Weather and the Water Cycle
(6th Grade)

November 6, 2019 - January 24, 2020

Hands-on activities that demonstrate how our understanding of weathering and erosion on Earth has shaped our understanding of the surface of Mars and its history. (NGSS: MS-ESS2-1, MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS3-2, MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2)

Weathering and Erosion
(6th Grade)

January 29, 2020 - April 8, 2020

Hands-on activities that demonstrate how the water cycle drives our weather and how we apply this knowledge to develop weather forecast and how forecast impact aviation. (NGSS: MS-ESS2-1, MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS3-2, MS-ESS2-4, MS-ESS2-5)

Rover Engineering Design
(6th Grade)

April 9, 2020 - June 19, 2020

Learn how we are using our knowledge of Earth’s Structure and Environment to design exploration vehicles to better understand Mars and its history. (MS-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4, MS-ESS3-5, MS-EST1-3, MS-EST1-4)

The Body in Space (7th Grade)

August 26, 2019 - June 19, 2020

Learn what knowledge we have gained from our missions to the ISS to understand how the human body changes in space, and what technologies help asronauts stay healthy and safe during long missions.  (MS-LS1-3, MS-LS1-8, MS-LS3-1,MS-LS1-5)

Forces of Falling (8th Grade)

August 26, 2019 - June 19, 2020

Learn what knowledge we have gained from our past space missions to understand how objects behave in a reduced or absent atmosphere and in an environment with less gravity than Earth and apply it to our planned missions to Mars. (MS-PS2-1, MS-PS2-2, MS-PS2-4, MS-PS2-5, MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2) 

Small Group Activities - Self-Guided

Activity Summary

Moving Beyond Earth Gallery Guide

An immersive exhibition that places visitors “in orbit” in the shuttle and space-station era to explore recent human spaceflight and future possibilities. (Gallery Guide)

Exploring the Universe Gallery Guide

This gallery shows how our ideas about the Universe evolved as we developed new astronomical instruments. It presents the Universe as discerned by the naked eye, then shows how the telescope, photography, spectroscopy, and digital technology revolutionized our view. (Gallery Guide)

Time & Navigation Gallery Guide

This surprising connection between time and place has been crucial for centuries. Among the many challenges facing navigation from then to now, one stands out: keeping accurate time.(Gallery Guide)

How Things Fly Gallery

The emphasis here is "hands-on." Dozens of exhibits invite you to push, pull, press, lift, slide, handle, touch, twist, turn, spin, bend, and balance. (Gallery Guide)

Digital Audio Tour

Digital audio devices provide a guided audio tour of some of the Museum's most iconic artifacts including videos and short comprehension questions.

Landers: Robotic & Piloted

Observations, data collection, and comparisons of the (piloted) Lunar Module and (robotic) Viking Lander.

Scavenger Hunt

Challenging scavenger hunt that will have students looking for space suits, representations of the Big Bang, and other amazing objects and interesting facts.

 

Observatory

View the Sun and other wonders of the Universe with with our "Sun Gun" and H-alpha telescopes.  (Weather permitting)