This document is the text version of the Cernan Earth and Space Center's School and Group Program Guide. For more information, please call the Cernan Center at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3372, or e-mail us at email@example.com. E-mail may only be used to obtain general information. Reservations can only be made by telephone.
The following is a list of programs that are available to groups at the Cernan Earth and Space Center. For a more detailed description of each program, please visit our Show Descriptions page or click on the show titles. Grade level recommendations are listed for each program. Teachers and youth group leaders may schedule any program for any grade but should refer to the suggested grade level to estimate the age appropriateness of the program. All feature shows (designated as A) are between 30 and 50 minutes in length. Mini shows (B) are between five and 20 minutes in length. Programs that have been converted to the Cernan Center's 3-screen video system are tagged as NEW DIGITAL VERSION.
PRESCHOOL THROUGH 2ND GRADE Magic Sky (Preschool and Kindergarten) 33 min.This show provides a basic introduction to the magic of the planetarium, the cycle of day and night, and the motion of objects in the daytime and nighttime sky. Download the Teacher's Guide Dinosaurs in Space (Preschool through 2nd grade) 35 min.Hosted by an entertaining dinosaur duo, this popular show features a unique and informative look at these fascinating creatures, plus a journey into space that is out of this world. Download the Teacher's Guide Dinosaurios en el Espacio (Preschool through 2nd grade) 35 min.The Spanish language version of Dinosaurs in Space. The Little Star that Could (Preschool through 2nd grade) 34 min.This show follows the adventure of Little Star, who travels the galaxy, meets many different kinds of stars, and makes an amazing discovery about himself. Download the Teacher's Guide Once in a Blue Moon (1st through 3rd grade) 38 min.Why does the Moon seem to follow you? Why can you see it in the daytime? What causes the different shapes of the Moon? What is a Blue Moon? Find the answer to all these lunar questions in this show. Download the Teacher's Guide Our Place in Space(Preschool through 2nd grade) 33 min. NEW DIGITAL VERSIONHosted by several animal characters, this show explores the causes of day and night, the importance of our sun, the beauty of the constellations and the variety of objects in the universe. Download the Teacher's GuideRusty Rocket's Last Blast (Preschool through 2nd grade) 36 min.Hosted by Rusty Rocket, this show explores the basics of rocket physics, the immense distances found in space travel, and a quick tour of the solar system with humor and original songs. Download the Teacher's Guide Zip! Zoom! Whiz! (Preschool through 2nd grade) 37 min. NEW DIGITAL VERSIONZip up your flight suit, zoom into space and whiz by stars and planets! Come discover how people explore space and see some of the most amazing sights in our universe. Download the Teacher's GuideASTRONOMY AND SPACE -- Grades 3 and up -- Destination: The Planets(Grades 3 and up) 42 min. NEW DIGITAL VERSIONWritten in the fashion of an imaginary spaceship tour of the Sun and its family of planets, Destination: The Planets describes the latest information on the solar system and its major components, including the eight planets; their satellites; the asteroid belt; the Kuiper Belt; and more. Formerly known as Destination Pluto. Download the Teacher's Guide
More Than Meets the Eye(Grades 3 and up) 30 min. NEW DIGITAL VERSIONCelebrate the beauty of the starry skies in this exciting show that explores the celestial wonders that are within reach of binoculars or a small telescope. Download the Teacher's Guide On Orbit(Grades 3 and up) 38 min. NEW DIGITAL VERSIONTake a virtual tour of the International Space Station with this new video-based program that features NASA footage taken by the astronauts themselves. Download the Teacher's GuideTime Bandits (Grades 3 and up) 40 min.Travel backwards and forwards in time with Meg, Emily and Zontar (the time bandit) as they investigate the history of time keeping. Download the Teacher's Guide-- Grades 5 and up -- Bad Astronomy (Grades 5 and up) 40 min. DIGITAL SHOWWere the Apollo Moon landings a hoax? Have aliens visited the Earth? Can you discover the future by the stars? Investigate the science behind these and other popular astronomical myths and misconceptions. Download the Teacher's Guide
Cosmic Colors (Grades 5 and up) 32 min. DIGITAL SHOWCosmic Colors takes viewers on a wondrous journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Discover the many reasons for color, such as why the sky is blue and why Mars is red. Take a tour within a plant leaf and inside the human eye. Investigate x-rays from a black hole and learn what color dinosaurs may have actually been. Download the Teacher's Guide
Galaxies (Grades 5 and up) 40 min.This planetarium show will transport you deep into space to explore galaxies, including both our own Milky Way galaxy and the more distant and mysterious galaxies that comprise the universe. Download the Teacher's Guide Journey to the Stars (Grades 5 and up) 30 min.This show presents an array of astronomy-related subjects, including an introduction to the nighttime sky, milestones of space travel, the birth and death of stars, black holes and more. Download the Teacher's Guide The Moon: From Imagination to Exploration (Grades 5 and up) 47 min.This show explores the many aspects of the Earth's only natural satellite — its phases, its tidal effects, its surface markings, solar and lunar eclipses, the Apollo missions, and more. Download the Teacher's GuideRumplestiltskin's Starry Secret (Grades 5 and up) 32 min.Within the framework of the Grimm's fairy tale about a dwarf who was able to spin straw into gold, this all-new 32-minute video discusses the subject of alchemy, chemistry, the periodic table, and how stars are responsible for creating all the heavy elements in the universe. Download the Teacher's Guide Through the Eyes of Hubble (Grades 5 and up) 43 min.This exciting planetarium show presents the history of the Hubble Space Telescope and its first ten years of observations that may shed new light on the fate of the cosmos itself. Download the Teacher's GuideThe Xtra Terrestrial Files (Grades 5 and up) 44 min.This multimedia program explores one of our greatest modern mysteries — the possibility that extraterrestrial beings traveling in alien spacecraft have visited the Earth. Download the Teacher's Guide-- Grades 7 and up -- The StarGazer (Grades 7 and up) 37 min.This show begins with a child's curiosity of the sky, then discusses the science of gravity, light and the spectrum, and how we decipher the life cycle of the stars. Download the Teacher's Guide Stellar Extremes (Grades 7 and up) 45 min.From the smallest to the largest, the hottest to the coolest, from the fastest to the most bizarre, all stars have a place in our incredible universe. This program explores the dynamics of stellar interiors, encounters some of the most unusual stars, and finds out what it takes to solve stellar mysteries from light years away. Download the Teacher's Guide
Tour of the Electromagnetic Spectrum (Grades 7 and up) 34 min. NEW
This NASA-produced program describes the different portions of the electromagnetic spectrum and how each wavelength – from gamma waves to radio waves – is used by astronomers to decipher the mysteries of the universe.
EARTH SCIENCE Dinosaur! (Grades 3 and up) 40 min.This show investigates the Age of Dinosaurs, the different kinds of dinosaurs, and the theories of why they became extinct. Download the Teacher's Guide Nature's Fury (Grades 3 and up) 42 min. NEW DIGITAL VERSIONWith exciting video footage and photographs, this program explores the many types of severe weather, including tornadoes, hurricanes, thunderstorms and blizzards. Download the Teacher's Guide RETIRED BUT AVAILABLE Although each of these film titles is over 20 years old and no longer presented to the general public, our film prints remain available to groups who wish to present the lessons they contain to their students.
Discover the Planets (Grades 3 and up) 43 min.This show transports you throughout the solar system to see each planet up close and learn the exciting discoveries recently made by unmanned spacecraft.The Space Shuttle: An American Adventure (All ages, but best for Grades 3 and up) 29 min.Using scenes filmed in orbit by shuttle astronauts, this C-360 film tells the exciting story of a typical space shuttle mission, from astronaut training to landing. Download the Teacher's Guide The Great Barrier Reef (All ages, but best for Grades 3 and up) 45 min.This C-360 film will take you on a journey to the bottom of the sea to experience one of the greatest natural wonders of the Earth — Australia's Great Barrier Reef! Download the Teacher's Guide Seasons (All ages, but best for Grades 3 and up) 31 min.This C-360 film celebrates the beauty of the seasons and shows how all living things, including people, orient their lifestyles to the cycles of the sun. Download the Teacher's Guide Arctic Light (Grades 3 and up) 30 min.This C-360 film transports you to Norway to witness the awesome beauty of the northern lights, or aurora borealis, and its impact on the local culture. Download the Teacher's GuideThe Eruption of Mount Saint Helens (Grades 3 and up) 23 min.This C-360 film explores one of the most dramatic geological events in recent history — the explosive volcanic eruption of Mount Saint Helens in Washington state. Download the Teacher's Guide Genesis: The Story of Earth (Grades 5 and up) 32 min.This C-360 film explores the science of plate tectonics and follows the geologic history of the Earth, from its creation to the volcanoes, earthquakes and moving continents of today. Download the Teacher's GuideSEASONAL SHOWS Celebrations of Winter (All ages, but best for grades 3 and up) 42 min.This exciting wintertime program surrounds the audience with the sights and sounds of the holiday season and describes how people around the world celebrate winter. Download the Teacher's GuideFright Light (All ages)This laser show features music and images related to the Halloween season. Winter Wonderlight (All ages)This laser show features music and images related to the holiday season. LASER LIGHT SHOWS Various Titles of Laser Light Shows (Grades 5 and up)Laser shows blends animated drawings and abstract patterns drawn by multicolored laser beams to a variety of musical selections. Most are between 40 and 50 minutes in length.PLEASE NOTE: Groups who choose one of our extended length laser shows cannot select a "B" show for that same time slot, since extended length laser shows run the full 60 minutes. Currently, the Cernan Center offers three such shows -- 1) A Momentary Lapse of Summer (Pink Floyd), 2) Legends of Rock, or 3) Endless Photons.ALSO NOTE: Laser light shows are produced with the teen and young adult market in mind, not children. Since pop music often echoes adult themes, these same themes often carry over to the laser shows themselves. That said, some show titles are more appropriate for school-aged groups than others. For more information about these shows (including song lists), please click here or call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3372.
Ring World mini show (Grades 5 and up) DIGITAL SHOW
THREE QUICK STEPS TO MAKE A RESERVATION: 1. Choose the program(s) you wish to see. 2. Select the day and time you would like to visit. Include a second choice. 3. Call the Cernan Center at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3372. That's all there is to it!
To explore some outstanding astronomy education resources on the Internet, please go to Space Links and scroll down to the "Astronomy Education" listings. New feature shows and minishows are added throughout the year. Please visit this page of the Cernan Center's Web site for the most up-to-date information.
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