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FIELD TRIPS: Planetarium Experiences

The State Museum’s 55-ft digital dome BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium offers an immersive learning environment for visiting students. Make sure to include one of the exciting and educational shows listed below as part of your field trip experience.

Planetarium show admission is $3 per student, teacher, and chaperone. Shows must be booked and finalized with the museum’s Group Visits Department two weeks in advance. Please carefully read over the available shows, choose those you wish to see on 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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NEW SHOW!

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure
Duration: 40 minutes
Available Times: Contact Group Visits
Cost: $3 per student, teacher, and chaperone
Grades: Third grade and above
Maximum Capacity: 145 seats (Plus five handicap accessible spots)
SC Academic Standards for Science: 3.L.5, 4.L.5, 5.L.4, 6.L.4B, 7.EC.5, 8.E.6, H.B.5, H.B.6

This exciting new planetarium experience takes audiences on a remarkable journey into the relatively unexplored world of the “other dinosaurs,” those reptiles that lived beneath the water. Follow a family of Dolichorhynchops, also known informally as “Dollies,” as they traverse ancient waters populated with saber-toothed fish, prehistoric sharks and giant squid. Sea Monsters is narrated by Tony Award-winning actor Liev Schreiber and features an original score by Richard Evans, David Rhodes and Peter Gabriel.

Teacher Resources

pdficon_small Sea Monsters Info Sheet


ALL GRADES

Earth, Moon and Sunplanetarium
Duration: 25 minutes
Available Times: Contact Group Visits
Cost: $3 per student, teacher, and chaperone
Grades: All grades
Maximum Capacity: 145 seats (Plus five handicap accessible spots)
SC Academic Standards for Science: K.P.1, K.E.3, 1.S.1, 1.E.3, 2.S.1, 3.S.1, 4.S.1, 4.E.3, 5.S.1, 6.E.2

Students will learn about the relationship of the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. This program touches on many subjects, including the Sun’s composition, how it affects the diversity of life forms on Earth, and how it relates to the Earth and Moon. Students will learn about eclipses, moon phases, the moon landing and the dark spots on the moon. Students will also learn about rotations, orbits and why the Sun and other celestial bodies move from east to west.

Teacher Resources

pdficon_small  Earth, Moon and Sun Education Guide


THIRD GRADE AND ABOVE

Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing TelescopeTwo_Small_Pieces_of_Glass
Duration: 40 minutes
Available Times: Contact Group Visits
Cost: $3 per student, teacher, and chaperone
Grades: Third grade and above
Maximum Capacity: 145 seats (Plus five handicap accessible spots)
SC Academic Standards for Science: 3.S.1, 4.S.1, 4.E.3, 4.P.4, 5.S.1, 6.S.1, 7.S.1, 8.S.1, 8.E.4, H.B.1, H.E.2

This planetarium experience takes students through the history of the telescope in order to understand the ever expanding universe. Students will learn how telescopes work and how they continue to help us understand the mysteries of the world. While learning about astronomers such as Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble and many others, students will also explore Galilean Moons, the rings of Saturn and spiral galaxies. At the end of the show, there will be a live 10-minute sky tour, in which we’ll take a look at constellations, planets, and other celestial objects in the current night sky.

Teacher Resources

pdficon_small  Two Small Pieces of Glass Education Guide

pdficon_small Two Small Pieces of Glass Glossary of Terms