Grade 9 Field Trips

Available Thursday and Friday

Planetarium Show

Astronomer’s Periodic Table
Where do elements come from and how are they cycled through the universe? Students will discover more about the origins of elements and the periodic table, and how matter is cycled through the universe.

Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter
Discover more about dark matter, from the Big Bang, to the theorizing of Dark Matter’s existence, to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider. Finally, learn about the role of scientists associated with Vancouver-based TRIUMF in current scientific break-throughs..

GroundStation Canada Show

Planet Hunters
Discover more about planet hunting techniques astronomers use and their quest to find signs of life in the universe.

Colour of Fire
Polaris, our North Star, is made mostly of hydrogen. Ever wonder how astronomers obtain such detailed information about stars which are so far away? This blazing 20-minute presentation demonstrates the use of spectroscopy and how it applies to astronomy. 

Cosmic Courtyard Exhibit Space

Visit our space-themed, hands-one exhibit space. Students can enjoy a range of activities like morphing themselves into an alien, touching a Moon rock, trying to lift a meteorite, and building a Mars rover.

Curriculum Connections

Programs are framed around key inquiry questions and provide opportunities for students to apply curricular competencies such as observation and questioning while developing a more in-depth understanding of key content areas. We are committed to a respectful and holistic approach to Indigenous knowledge by acknowledging the First Peoples’ Principles of Learning.

Big Ideas addressed include:
The electron arrangement of atoms impacts their chemical nature. 
The biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere are interconnected as matter cycles and energy flows through them.

Content:
Element properties as organized in the periodic table
Different forms of the periodic table
Cycling of matter and energy [on a universal scale]

Curricular Competencies include:
Questioning and predicting

 - Demonstrate a sustained intellectual curiosity about a scientific topic or problem of personal interest.
Planning and conducting
 - Use knowledge of scientific concepts to draw conclusions that are consistent with evidence.
Evaluating
 - Evaluate the validity and limitations of a model or analogy in relation to the phenomenon modelled.
 - Consider the changes in knowledge over time as tools and technologies have developed.
Applying and innovating
 - Transfer and apply learning to new situations

Program Options

(Times below do not include lunch break)

Two Planetarium Shows, GroundStation Canada & Cosmic Courtyard Gallery $18.45
- Pick Two: Astronomer’s Periodic Table or Phantom of the Universe or Feature Show (Planetarium)
- Colour of Fire or Planet Hunters (GroundStation Canada)
- Cosmic Courtyard Gallery
(approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes)

Planetarium Show, Two GroundStation Canada & Cosmic Courtyard Gallery $16.35
- Astronomer’s Periodic Table or Phantom of the Universe or Feature Show (Planetarium)
- Colour of Fire and Planet Hunters (GroundStation Canada)
- Cosmic Courtyard Gallery
(approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes) 

Planetarium Show, GroundStation Canada & Cosmic Courtyard Gallery $12.00
- Astronomer’s Periodic Table or Phantom of the Universe or Feature Show (Planetarium)
- Colour of Fire or Planet Hunters (GroundStation Canada)
- Cosmic Courtyard Gallery
(approximately 2 hours) 

Looking for other options?
Contact [email protected] or (604) 738-7827 ext. 241 to discuss all package options.

Pricing
All costs are per person (students and adults). One adult admission free with every four students. Additional adults pay the same discounted rate as students.

Group Size
Minimum group size is 15 paid students. Maximum group sizes apply to workshops as space is limited.

Book your program

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Email
Call: (604) 738-7827 ext. 241
Fax: (604) 736-5665

Are your students still looking for more space science and astronomy programming? 
Try our Virtual Field Trip or arrange a visit of our Portable Planetarium