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Portable Universe Planetarium

Portable Universe Planetarium

Available at the Museum or at your school

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin

With the Portable Universe, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, your class may explore the enigmatic beauty of the night sky and wonder at the scientific marvels they discover. Our state of the art digital planetarium programs may be reserved onsite at the Perot or we can bring the universe to your school.

Portable Universe Planetarium, Sponsored by Lockheed Martin, Setup Requirements

Most schools find the gymnasium or multipurpose room the best location for presentations as the planetarium requires a large, air-conditioned room with dimensions of at least 25 feet by 25 feet floor space and 20 feet overhead clearance. Schools who fail to measure properly will not be refunded for cancelled programs due to insufficient space.

Access to a 110V electric outlet is required to run the planetarium.  The Portable Universe, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, cannot be setup outdoors or on a stage.  Allow 40-60 minutes prior to the first program and following the final program for setup and takedown of the Portable Universe, sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

Participants

Portable Universe programs accommodate 10 to 29 students, depending on students' ages, plus teacher.

K-5th grade up to 29 students; 6th-8th grade up to 25 students; 9th+ up to 22 students

Mission to Mars

Students take the controls on this virtual flight to space. Student groups leading missions to the moon, Venus and Mars must examine each location to determine which locations are candidates for a longterm, man-made habitat. This in-depth program uses gaming techniques to introduce your students to the similarities and differences between Earth and other places in space. (Onsite at the Perot Museum only.) 

Prior to your program, a Museum educator will contact you with special instructions for your mission. Mission to Mars is presented live so that it may be tailored to meet the learning needs of your students.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
3rd – 3ad, 8bcd
4th - 3ad, 7abc, 8c
5th - 3ad, 7bc, 8acd 
6th - 3ad, 10bd, 11abc
7th - 3ad, 8ab, 9ab,
8th - 3ad, 7a, 8be, 9c, 10ab

One World, One Sky

Join Big Bird, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu in an imaginary trip to the moon. This 25-minute planetarium movie, with live information included by our staff, follows the Sesame Street friends as they explore the sun, moon and stars, including the Big Dipper and North Star. Through this imaginary journey, students discover that no matter where we may live on Earth, we are all connected under the same sky. Spanish movie version is available; please inquire about availability when booking.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
K - 2ae, 3c, 6cd, 8bc

The Search for Water

Life, at least as we know it, depends on water. In astronomy, the search for liquid water is a search to find potentially habitable places outside of Earth. Using the immersive environment of the planetarium, students explore how availability of
water in North Texas depends on relationships between cosmic, global and local factors. Students’ discussion is encouraged as they 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. (Onsite at the Perot Museum only.)

The Search for Water is presented live so that it may be tailored to meet the learning needs of your students.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
6th - 11C, 12F
7th - 8abc, 9a, 10b
8th - 7a, 9c, 10abc, 11d
High School Aquatics - 4c, 6b, 7abc, 8b, 9c, 11b
High School Astronomy - 4d, 6bc, 8a, 9abd, 12b
High School Earth and Space - 11ade, 13ade, 15ace

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 a virtual tour to these distant worlds will encourage them to test their knowledge of the changes they see in the sky. 

The Sky at Night is presented live so that it may be tailored to meet the learning needs of your students.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
1st - 2ae, 3bc, 6cd, 8bc
2nd - 2aef, 3bc, 8d
3rd - 2d, 3acd, 8bcd
4th - 2d, 3acd, 8c
5th - 2bd, 3acd, 8bcd

The Sky at Night Secondary

Explore the wonders of the universe in the Perot Museum’s most comprehensive planetarium program. Using the planetarium as a science visualization space, your students’ questions direct the content and flow of The Sky at Night, Secondary giving them a chance to explore abstract astronomical ideas in a tangible way. The Sky at Night, Secondary is well-suited for both cultural and scientific studies.


The Sky at Night, Secondary is presented live so that it may be tailored to meet the learning needs of your students.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
6th - 1a, 3abcd, 11abc
7th - 1a, 3abcd, 9ab
8th - 1a, 3abcd, 7ac, 8abde, 10a
High School Astronomy - 1a, 3abcd, 4abcd, 5abc, 6abc

The Sky at Night, Jr.

Have you ever looked up and seen a sky full of stars? People who lived long ago looked up at the sky and noticed the movements of the sun, moon, stars and planets. In the planetarium your students help recreate the stories told long ago as they find the patterns of day and night in our Texas sky. 

The Sky at Night, Jr. is presented live so that it may be tailored to meet the learning needs of your students.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
K - 2ae, 3c, 6cd, 8bc

Portable Universe Planetarium
Program Events

Mission to Mars
One World, One Sky
The Search for Water
The Sky at Night
The Sky at Night Secondary
The Sky at Night, Jr.