Bring the world to your students!
The Perot Museum doesn’t just promise you the moon and stars — we deliver! Our Portable Universe planetarium brings the whole world to your students, with state-of-the-art digital planetarium programs that may be reserved on-site at the Perot Museum or brought directly to your campus. Our age-appropriate programs are designed to engage students in grades PK-12 and can accommodate 10-29 students, depending on age, plus teacher.
One World, One Sky
Grades: PK-K, Available in Spanish
What early childhood student wouldn't want to join Big Bird, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu on a trip to the moon? This 25-minute planetarium movie, with live information included by our staff, follows these Sesame Street friends as they explore the sun, moon and stars, including the Big Dipper and North Star. The imaginary journey allows students to discover that no matter where we may live on Earth, we are all connected under the same sky. Program time is 45 minutes. Spanish version is also available; please inquire about availability when booking.
The Sky at Night, Jr.
Young astronomers observe the sun, moon and stars as they discover the patterns of day and night from our home on planet Earth. The Sky at Night, Jr. is presented live so that it may be tailored to meet the learning needs of your students. Program time is 45 minutes.
The Sky at Night
Students observe the sun, moon and stars to uncover patterns astronomers see in the sky. Students will enjoy learning how to locate planets visible at the time of their program, and their virtual tour to the distant worlds will encourage them to test their knowledge of the changes they see in the sky. The Sky at Night is presented live to tailor content for the learning needs of your students and is well suited for both cultural and scientific studies. This program is perfect for introducing students to the wonders of the universe or to supplement in-classroom study of astronomy. Program time is 50 minutes.
Mission to Mars
Available beginning January 14, 2014. Students take the controls on this virtual flight to examine how Mars and Earth may share more similarities than differences. While following the robotic exploration of the red planet, students will discover the necessities of manned space flight to Mars. Class size is limited so that students may fully participate in this hands-on experience. Program time is 50 minutes.
The Sky At Night, Secondary
Students learn a lot about Earth by exploring the sun, moon and stars. Participants will gather insight through a virtual journey to other planets and distant galaxies gives them a glimpse into Earth's unique place in space. The Sky at Night: Secondary is presented live to tailor content for the learning needs of your students and is well suited for both cultural and scientific studies. This program is perfect for introducing students to the wonders of the universe or to supplement in-classroom study of astronomy. Program time is 50 minutes.
The Search For Water
Available beginning Ocotber 1, 2014. Life in North Texas depends on quality water. In this live presentation, students consider how the water supply in North Texas affects the well-being of the community. Using the immersive environment of the Portable Universe planetarium, students examine the relationship between cosmic and global factors contributing to water shortage. The students are introduced to local watersheds, community water usage, and future prospects for our community as we strive to be good stewards of this limited resource. Program time is 50 minutes.
The Portable Universe CANNOT be setup outdoors or on an auditorium stage. Our planetarium programs require:
- A large, air-conditioned room (gymnasium or multipurpose room)
- 25 ft. by 25 ft. minimum dimensions
- 20 ft. minimum overhead clearance
- Schools who fail to measure properly will not be refunded for cancelled programs due to insufficient space
- Access to a 110V electrical outlet is required to run the planetarium
- Allow 40-60 minutes setup and takedown time prior to first program and following final program
Portable Universe programs satisfy TEKS objectives — along with students’ curiosity about the world around them!