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FIELD TRIPS: Observatory Museum Experiences

The State Museum offers several opportunities to include the Boeing Observatory in your museum field trip visit. The experiences listed below are FREE to South Carolina school students, unless otherwise indicated, and must be booked and finalized with the museum’s Group Visits Department two weeks in advance. Please carefully read over the list of programs, choose those you wish to reserve for your field trip and do one of the following: submit a Field Trip Reservation Request Form, email group_visits@scmuseum.org or call (803) 898-4999.

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BOEING OBSERVATORY EXPERIENCE

The Boeing Observatory opens daily at 10 a.m. to all visiting groups. If your group does not have time to schedule one of the museum educator led classes listed below, you are still welcome to visit the observatory at any time during your visit. An astronomy educator will be there to greet you.

MUSEUM OBSERVATORY CLASSES

The State Museum offers astronomy educator led observatory classes for visiting 1st, 4th and 8th grade groups. Please click on the appropriate grade level below to see a full list of these available programs.

Please note: these classes are available during the following dates:

Sept. 19 – Dec. 16, 2016
Jan. 9 – May 26, 2017

Choose your grade level:

FIRST

FOURTH

EIGHTH


 

FIRST

*NEW* Observatory Class: To The Museum…and Beyond!
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. and Thurs. only at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Grades: First grade only
Style: Classroom
Maximum Capacity: 50 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: 1.S.1, 1.E.3
What’s the difference between the Earth, Moon and Sun? What are the reasons for the seasons? Why are telescopes so important? These are just a few questions students will explore during this two-part observatory program. Safe solar observing (weather permitting) in the museum’s Boeing Observatory is included in this unique, one-of-a-kind experience.

 


 

FOURTH

Observatory Class: Astronomical Differences!
Duration: 45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. and Thurs. only at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Grades: Fourth grade only
Style: Classroom
Maximum Capacity: 50 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: 4.S.1, 4.E.3, 4.P.4
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Math: 4.1
The State Museum is offering new observatory classes. This two-part program incorporates the museum’s onsite observatory classroom and the 1926 Alvan Clark 12 3/8 refracting telescope. In this fun and educational activity, students will experience a scale model of the Earth-Moon system, explore basic math concepts and discover the amount of space between the Earth and the Moon.

 

*NEW* Observatory Class: Planet Scale-up!
Duration: 45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. and Thurs. only at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Grades: Fourth grade only
Style: Classroom
Maximum Capacity: 50 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: 4.S.1, 4.E.3
In this program, students will discover the relative sizes of the planets by building a simple model using play dough. They’ll see how big the gas giant planets are compared to the Earth, how much smaller Mercury is compared to Jupiter, and gain insights as to why Pluto is no longer considered a planet. Along the way, students will practice following directions and build motor skills. Safe solar observing (weather permitting) in the museum’s Boeing Observatory is included in this experience.

 


 

EIGHTH

Observatory Class: Focal Points
Duration: 45 minutes
Available Times: Tues. and Thurs. at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free for South Carolina students
Grades: Eighth grade only
Style: Classroom
Maximum Capacity: 50 participants
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Science: 8.S.1, 8.E.4
SC 2014 Academic Standards for Math: 8-5
This two-part program incorporates the museum’s onsite observatory classroom and the 1926 Alvan Clark 12 3/8 refracting telescope. In this hands-on optics class, students will experiment with lenses and key optics concepts such as focal length and focal point. In the process, students will gain experience in making measurements with rulers and using the metric system.