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Portable Universe Planetarium

Portable Universe Planetarium

Available at the Museum or at your school

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin and Time Warner Cable

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

Available beginning January 14, 2014

Students take the controls on this virtual flight to examine how Mars and Earth may be more similar than they are different.  They follow the robotic exploration of the red planet to discover the necessities of manned space flight to Mars.  Class size limited so that students may fully participate in this hands-on experience.  Program time is 45 minutes.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
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

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 when booking about availability.

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

The Search for Water

Available beginning October 1, 2013

Life in North Texas depends on quality water. In this live presentation, students consider how the water supply in North Texas effects 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. Students are introduced to local watersheds, community water usage, and future prospects for our community as strive to be good stewards of this limited resource. Program time is 45 minutes.

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 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 45 minutes.

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

Students will learn about Earth by exploring the sun, moon, and stars. This virtual journey offers glimpses of other worlds and distant galaxies to provide insight into Earth's unique place is 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 45 minutes.

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.

Young astronomers observe the sun, moon and stars as they discover the patterns of day and night from our home on planet Earth. Program time is 45 minutes.

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.