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Available Programs

Wilbear’s Adventure

Wilbear’s Adventure is a planetarium show for preschoolers about a teddy bear who dreams of flying. Children learn about the history of flight in this tender story. The program also includes some mythology and a few winged constellations. Wilbear’s Adventure was written and produced by Sharon Shanks from the Ward- Beecher Planetarium at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. She wanted a children’s program to coincide with the Wright Brothers and the 100th anniversary of flight. The drawings were made by her 15 year-old daughter Jessie.

Length: 22 min.      Level: Pre-K & K      Click Here For Trailer

One World, One Sky

This feature program follows Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from Zhima Jie, the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. This show is a brilliant spectacle of light and color as the furry friends watch the stars twinkle over Sesame Street. Children attending the show can interact as they watch, drawing constellations and counting the time it takes the sun to set. The show aims to nurture a child’s natural sense of wonder about the night sky.
Length: 20 min.    Level: Pre-K – 1st     Click Here For Trailer
Teacher’s Guide    GA Standards: S2E1a/ S2E2a,c,d;  TN Standards: ESS-0107.6.1, 2

This is Our Sky

The feature program opens with an introduction to the sky and things we see in it. Join Luna and her friends for an exploration of the sky, seasons, moon phases, constellations, and planets. Luna takes the audience on a tour of all the wonderful things about Earth, the moon, the planets, constellations, and more. The show touches briefly on weather, covers the apparent motion of the Sun, Moon, and Stars, and goes into detail on seasons and the Earth’s tilt, constellations, and the phases of the Moon. The show wraps-up with an overview of the Solar System, featuring information for each of the eight planets.

Length: 20 min.    Level: Grades 1 – 3    Click Here For Trailer
Teacher’s Guide   GA Standards: S2E1a/ S2E2a,c,d;  TN Standards: ESS-0207.6.1, 2

Earth, Moon & Sun

This feature program explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions, who has many misconceptions about Earth and its most familiar neighbors. Native American stories are used to help distinguish between myths and science. Learn why the Sun rises and sets and the basics of solar energy. Examine the Moon’s orbit, craters, phases and eclipses. The show also explores past and future space travel to the Moon and beyond.

Length: 22 min.   Level: Grade 2 – 4   Click Here For Trailer

Teacher’s Guide   GA Standards: S2E2a,c,d;  TN Standards: ESS-0307.6.1, 2

Magic Treehouse: Space Mission

In this feature program a mysterious “M” sends the intrepid Jack and Annie on a fun-filled journey to discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel and more. Aligned with early elementary information skills learning objectives, this beautifully-produced show is a winner with Magic Tree House® fans of all ages and school audiences alike.

Length: 30 min.     Level: Grades 3 – 5     Click Here For Trailer

Teacher’s Guide   GA Standards: S4E1a,b,c,d/ S4E4a,b,c,d;  TN Standards: ESS-0407.6.1, 2

Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef

This feature program follows Jake and Shorty, two fish from the reef, on their adventures as they try to restore the magic of their home Kaluoka’hina. Their only lead is an ancient legend that tells of touching the moon… but how is a fish supposed to touch the moon? This is just one of the intriguing puzzles that Jake and Shorty will have to solve in this exciting adventure. This program describes how the Moon affects the tides and examines the ecology of the reef.

Length: 32 min.    Level: Grades 4 – 6    Click Here For Trailer
Teacher’s Guide  GA Standards: S5E1/ S5L1;  Next Generation Science Standard: LS2.a,c

Two Small Pieces of Glass

This feature program explores the history, development and science of the telescope. Both refractor (lens) and reflector (mirror) telescopes are discussed. Gaileo did not invent the telescope, but he was the first person to use the newly invented device to observe the sky. Through these observations the he concluded that the heavens were not perfect and immutable: he observed lunar mountains, phases of Venus, Jupiter’s moons, and even sunspots. The two small pieces of glass revealed a Universe that was far larger and vastly more complex than was previously thought. Telescopes have advanced considerably since Galileo’s time. We now have large observatories and even a few in outer space. This program explains how telescopes work; and how astronomers have used them to scrutinize the structures within our cosmos. 

Length: 25 min.      Level: 6th – 8th Grade     Click Here For Trailer

Teacher’s Guide  GA Standards: S6E1a,b,c,d,e,f/ S6E2a,b,c/ SS6H4c;  

TN Standards: ESS-0607.6.1,2,3/ SS-7.60; Next Generation Science Standard: PS4.b


First & Farthest

From the first rockets, to the first man on the moon, this program celebrates humanity’s great accomplishments in the Space Race. Ideal for HS, this show will bring back memories for those who experienced the Space Race and inspire new generations to keep exploring our universe. With its discussion of science, technology, engineering and mathematical concepts, this program supports a STEM-focused curriculum. Topics include Rocket Propulsion w/ Solid & Liquid Fuels, Newton’s Laws of Motion, F=ma, Gravity, Parabolic Flight, Orbital Flight and the History of Space Exploration. 

Length: 26 min.    Level: 9th – 12th Grade 

GA Standards: SPS9b,c/ SP1a/ SSUSH21d;  TN Standards: PS-3202.3.2/ PS-3202.4.1/ P-3231.1.2

Next Generation Science Standards: ESS1.b/ PS2.a;  JROTC Standards: AS-300/ AS-310



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