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Field Trip Information

Greetings Teachers and Educators,


We are very excited to open The Earth & Space Science Center for field trips for the 2022-2023 school year beginning on September 13! As you may have expected after the past few years, we have modified some of our field trip policies and procedures to provide a safe, fun, and educational environment for your students while at our facility. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with these changes prior to reserving your field trip.

For those who would like to reserve a virtual field trip, we are glad to continue offering our unique program, and you can find out more information on our virtual field trip page.

Thank you for your interest in visiting the Earth and Space Science Center for an out-of-this-world field trip experience. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 903-510-2312 or email sciencecenter@tjc.edu. We look forward to seeing you and your students this school year!

Field Trip Information
Reservation Request Form:

When you are ready to submit your field trip reservation request, you may do so at the link below.  Please make sure you are familiar with our field trip policies prior to submitting your request.

Field Trip Reservation Request Form Link

    Field Trip Times:

    • Field trip reservations will be available Tuesday-Friday from 9:30am-11:30am.
    • Field trip reservations will begin for the 2022-2023 school year on September 13, 2022.
    • Groups who would like a field trip outside of these scheduled hours may wish to consider our virtual field trip 


    Field Trip Activities:

    Field trips last approximately 90 minutes, and will include the following activities:

    • Planetarium show in our 40-foot domed planetarium theater (show length approx. 35-45 min)
    • Hands-on exhibit time with our brand-new exhibit: Velocity!
    • Grade appropriate and content relevant classroom lesson (see description of classroom lessons below)


    Field Trip Group Size Limits:

    To allow for adequate spacing within our facility, and to ensure a safe, fun, and educational environment field there is a maximum number of visitors that are allowed with each field trip.

    • Group sizes may not exceed 100 total visitors (students, teachers, chaperones)
    • Field trip groups will be limited to students, teachers/educators, and school-approved chaperones only. Additional parents, siblings, and other relatives will not be allowed to join the field trip at this time.
    • For groups that will exceed 100 total visitors, we recommend reserving 2 field trip days, or consider our virtual field trip.


    Parking

    • Buses may drop students off at the parking lot at the intersection of Lake Street and Mahon Avenue (Lot F-5, in front of the Science Center) or at the Apache Pass in front of Wagstaff Gym.
    • After drop-off, bus parking is available at any of the TJC parking lots along Lake Street and Mahon or any parking lots along Palmer Street. (Buses may not park in Lot F-5).
    • There are a limited number of reserved spots for cars to park in front of the Science Center (Lot F-5)
    • Remember that parking can be extremely difficult to find so please factor this into your travel plans.


    Reservations

    • All reservations will need to be made through our updated website: Field Trip Reservation Request Link  
    • Please assemble the following before calling to schedule your field trip: school name, address, phone number, lead contact, alternate contact, phone numbers, and email addresses.
    • Attendees: grade level, number of students, teachers, bus drivers, and all other chaperones. (One chaperone for every nine students is required.) Please keep in mind that the total number of visitors allowed is 100. NO EXCEPTIONS
    • Date/Times: dates and show time, plus an alternate date and show time in case we are already booked.
    • Show and Activities: Specific programming and any special programming you would like for us to cover.
    • Special Needs: The planetarium can accommodate a limited number of persons in wheelchairs. Please advise the scheduling coordinator when making reservations.

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    Field Trip Program Options

    When you complete your field trip reservation form, you will be asked to choose which programs you would like for your students. Please review the planetarium shows and classroom lessons below.  If you have questions about which program would be right for your group, please call us at 903-510-2312 or email sciencecenter@tjc.edu 

    Planetarium Shows
    New For 2022-2023

    Great Barrier Reef

    Suitable for: General Audiences, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

    Covered Subject Areas: Biology, ecosystems, marine wildlife, conservation

    Every year millions of visitors travel by way of fins, flippers and feet to see one of the seven wonders of the natural world: the Great Barrier Reef – a living treasure trove of biodiversity. There is still so much to learn and knowledge is the key to understanding more about this living Eden. A thriving metropolis populated by a cast of characters straight out of an adventure novel – heroes, bad guys, sidekicks, lovers and clowns – they’re all players in this vast underwater drama. Today, a new generation of reef guardians are committed to protecting this marine reserve, making a difference and sharing their knowledge of this extraordinary ecosystem, the beating heart of the reef. Learn how this amazing sanctuary has endured for thousands of years and will continue to do so far into the future.

    Educator Guide

    Faster Than Light

    Suitable for: General Audiences, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

    Covered subject areas: Cosmology, Mathematics, Space Science & Astronomy

    Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun. But if we find one, how will we ever get there? How long will it take? What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?

    Faster Than Light: the Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future. They are based on whole new technologies designed to achieve ultra-high speeds, using exotic next generation rocket fuels and breakthrough concepts in physics. How far can our technology take us?

    Astronaut: Ocean to Orbit


    Astronaut: Ocean to Orbit explores the ways in which NASA uses underwater environments to simulate life and work in space, offering a fascinating look into the high-
    tech world of astronauts. Join astronaut Chris Cassidy (former ISS Commander) as he trains in his space suit alongside a full-sized mock-up of the International Space Station in a giant underwater facility in Houston. Dive to the sea floor with NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps as she lives underwater with fellow astronauts for ten continuous days at Aquarius Reef Base in Florida. Find out what it takes to live and work in space.

    Magic Globe: A Story of The Seasons

    Suitable for: General Audiences, Grades 1-3, Grades 4-5

    Covered subject areas: Climate and Environment, Earth Science, Life Science & Nature, Weather, Younger Audiences

    On vacation at her grandpa’s, a little girl Mia accidentally discovers a mysterious piece of astronomical machinery. Edek, Mia’s eccentric uncle, tricks the girl into using the tool’s secret powers to change the world’s seasons. She quickly realizes the consequences of what they are going to do, but Edek doesn’t want to let the plan go. 

    Magic Globe is an engaging story designed to interest and challenge children from 5 to 12 years old. It has a clear educational structure with all science-related topics broken down into manageable chunks and naturally woven into the storyline. It allows children to recap knowledge they already have as well as learn multiple new concepts while following the story, which makes it perfect for mixed-ability audiences.

    Beyond the Sun


    Suitable for
    : General Audiences, Grades 1-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8

    Covered subject areas: Solar System, Exoplanets, Space Science & Astronomy, Younger Audiences

    Celeste is a little girl who wants to explore the Universe, find new Earths and learn how to find exoplanets. While fighting off sleep in her room by reading a book on astronomy, she receives an unexpected visit from Moon. Together, they enjoy a journey through the Universe to discover what exoplanets are and how they can be detected. They observe rogue planets, oceanic worlds and super-Earths. Moon tells her about exoplanet hunters, who observe the sky in search of planets like Earth. Many adventures are yet to come. But first, she needs some rest. Celeste drops off to sleep waiting for the next visit of Moon.

    Educator Guidebook


    Spooky Space


    Suitable for: General Audiences, Ages 6+

    Covered subject areas: Moon, Nebulas, Black Holes, Light Spectrum

    Looking for cosmic fun this Halloween season? Would you like to meet the stars -- the stars of Halloween? Monsters, zombies, and ghosts -- and their far more terrible counterparts in space? Oh yes, space has its monsters: Black holes, zombie stars, and spectacular ghostly nebulae!

    *This show contains brief animated depictions of Halloween creatures such as monsters, zombies, and ghosts



    Sea Lions: Life By a Whisker 


    Suitable for: General Audiences, Grades 1-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8

    A heart-warming journey of a sea lion pup, and the man that has dedicated his life trying to save her species. Embark on an epic quest through the uninhabited wilderness of the Great Australian Bight, to the lush kelp forests off the Californian coast.

    Educator Guides: Grades 3-5; Grades 6-8

    Mountain Adventure: Out of Bounds 

    Suitable for: General Audiences, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8

    Follow Olympian Torah Bright as she journeys through the world's longest chain of mountain ranges extending from Antarctica all the way to Alaska. Along the journey, Torah will ride with backcountry legend Jeremy Jones and freeskiing superstar Sammy Carlson. Together, they will encounter penguins, polar bears, and other wildlife, and meet with scientists and environmentalists to uncover a deeper understanding of our mountain ecosystems.

    Educator Guidebook


    Most Requested Field Trip Shows

    Journey Through Space Live

    Suitable for: Grades 1-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8

    Let one of our qualified educators take you on a guided tour through space. This live-interactive show can be tailor made to cover the earth and space science content most appropriate for your students. Topics can include: planets of the solar system, sun/earth/moon systems, constellations & the night sky, deep space objects, galaxies and more!

    Accidental Astronauts: A Sun, Earth, Moon Adventure


    Suitable for: Grades 1-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8

    Covered subject areas: Entertainment, Solar System, Space Science & Astronomy, Younger Audiences

    Follow the adventures of Sy, Annie, their dog Armstrong, and a wise-cracking starship computer, as they embark on an unexpected journey into space! Bounce along with these new explorers on the surface of the Moon, get up close and personal with a solar storm, and gain a new appreciation of our home planet.

    Earth, Moon, & Sun


    Suitable for: Grades 1-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8

    Covered subject areas: Earth Science, Entertainment, Moon Phases, Year Cycle, Space Science & Astronomy, Younger Audiences

    Secret of the Cardboard Rocket


    Suitable for: General Audiences, Grades 1-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8

    Covered subject areas: Cosmology, Solar System, Space Science & Astronomy

    Embark on an amazing adventure as two children spend a night touring the solar system alongside their ship’s navigator, a talking astronomy book. This continues to be one of the most popular shows in the fulldome industry world-wide.

    Shows Great for Grade K-2 Students

    • Beyond the Sun 
    • Little Star That Could 
    • Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

    Shows Great for Grade 3-5 Students

    • Accidental Astronaut: A Sun, Earth Moon Adventure
    • Astronaut
    • Dinosaur: Passage to Pangea
    • Earth, Moon, and Sun
    • Travelling with Light


    Great for Older Students & All Audiences

    • Asteroid: Mission Extreme
    • Big Astronomy
    • Cosmic Journey
    • Dark Matter Mystery
    • Drifting North: Into the Polar Night
    • Dynamic Earth
    • Extreme Auroras
    • Extreme Weather
    • From Earth to the Universe
    • Moons: Worlds of Mystery
    • Out of Bounds: Mountain Adventure
    • Robots
    • Sea Lions: Life By a Whisker
    • Secret Ocean
    • Seeing! A Photon’s Journey
    • The Sun, Our Living Star
    • To Space and Back
    • Travelling With Light
    • Two Small Pieces of Glass

    Great Holiday Shows

    • Let It Snow
    • Mystery of the Christmas Star
    • Season of Light


    Classroom Lessons

    For groups of 25 or more, we offer a TEKS-aligned classroom a classroom lesson for students based on the grade level. The classroom programs we offer are:

    • Introduction to the Solar System (Grades K-1)
    • Planets of the Solar System (Grades 3 & 5)
    • Introduction to Patterns of the Moon (Grade 2)
    • Phases of the moon (Grades 4, and 5)
    • Asteroids, Meteors, Comets (Middle School)