Virtual Field Trips
While we are excited to be offering in-person field trips again for the 2021-2022 school year, we understand that for many groups a virtual field trip may be the best alternative for your students. We are pleased to be able to continue offering virtual planetarium field trips for those who would like the option.
Our virtual field trips are an innovative new solution that allows us to stream the planetarium to YOU, using the same Nightshade NG planetarium software that we use in our facility. The virtual field trip is a 30-45 minute presentation, hosted live by one of our trained planetarium educators who is able to guide you through the lesson and interact with you and your students just as if you were visting us in person.
About Virtual Field Trips
30-45 minute long, live and interactive planetarium program
Streamed to your device(s) using the Zoom platform
Uses the same planetarium software used in our dome theater
Able to cover a variety of earth and space science concepts, such as: constellations/night sky, sun-earth-moon system, moon phases, planets and the solar system, geology, and MORE
Stable internet connection with ability to use Zoom required for live and interactive field trip
Live and interactive streaming programs available during school hours (Mon-Fri 8am-3pm Central Time)
Pre-recorded shows created just for your class are an option for those requesting programs outside of school hours or unable to use Zoom
Who can participate in a virtual field trip?
Virtual field trips can be used in the classroom by a teacher who uses their computer with a projector to display the lesson to the entire class, or with a classroom of students who each use their own device to connect to the presentation.
Lessons are tailored to meet your educational goals for earth & space science content of state/national standards at any grade level K-12
Great for homeschool or at-home learning students. Can be reserved for a homeschool group or private at-home lesson.
Community events, scouting groups, and more
Anyone interested in learning more about the universe!
Steps to reserving a virtual field trip
Lead teacher will submit an online reservation request form at this link
Our scheduling coordinator will be in contact with you to confirm your reservation
One week prior to your virtual field trip, we will schedule a "practice" Zoom meeting to make sure you are comfortable with using the Zoom platform
Security and Interacting During the Field Trip
You will receive a dedicated, password protected Zoom link for your scheduled virtual field trip
All visitors will initially be placed in the Zoom waiting room, prior to the start of the field trip. Teachers/Instructors will help approve all students signing in to the virtual field trip.
Students' mics will be muted by the host. Students will be able to interact with the planetarium educator (i.e. asking and answering question) by using the monitored chat room.
Classroom teachers/instructors will serve as co-moderators of their students' chats and interactions during the virtual field trip
Virtual field trips can accommodate up to 50 students (or 2 classrooms) for each live session.
For groups larger than 50, we recommend a pre-recorded show option.
Virtual field trips are $25 for a 30-45 minute program for up to 50 students. (No student limit for pre-recorded shows)
Payment is processed through our website. After confirmation, you will receive a direct link to the payment website. Payment is due 24 hours prior to the confirmed program time. Failure to provide timely payment will result in the cancellation or rescheduling of your program, pending availability.
Ready to reserve your virtual field trip?
Complete the online reservation form
If you have any additional questions, please contact us at (903)510-2312, or firstname.lastname@example.org