Grade 4 Field Trips

Available Mondays and Tuesdays

Planetarium show

Back to the Moon for Good
The award-winning Google Lunar XPRIZE full dome planetarium show, Back To The Moon For Good, chronicles teams around the world addressing the design challenge of landing a robotic spacecraft on the Moon and sending evidence of the success back to Earth. (Note: this show contains references to Google’s sponsorship of the Lunar X-Prize.)

Our Closest Neighbour 
The Moon is more than just an object we see in the sky. It is a place that has inspired people to dream and explore. Students will explore different views of the Moon and develop an understanding of Earth’s closest neighbour from a historical, First Peoples’ and scientific perspective.  

GroundStation Canada Show

Planet Hunters 
Astronomers use their understanding of the relative position between a star and its planets to find planets beyond our solar system. Discover more about the planet hunting techniques astronomers use on their quest to find signs of life in the Universe.

Rocket Lab 
What goes up doesn't necessarily come down. How do rockets get up there in the first place? Students participate in this live demonstration of the basic principles of Newton's Laws of Motion and its use in rocketry.

Hands-on Workshop

Planet Mechanics
How does a better understanding of the Moon help fuel exploration? Students will learn about the relationship between the Earth, Sun and Moon, including Moon phases and tides and of the challenges humans would face living in a lunar environment.

Moon Launch Challenge
How would you design a vehicle to remotely explore the Moon? Students will apply their understanding of the Moon’s unique environment to begin an iterative design process to develop a plan and prototype model of their concept.

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.

Science Curriculum
Big Ideas:

The motions of Earth and the moon cause observable patterns that affect living and non-living systems.

Local changes caused by Earth’s axis, rotation and orbit
Effects of relative positions of the Sun, Moon and Earth including First People’s perspectives
Phases of the Moon, tides, eclipses

Curricular Competencies include:
Questioning and predicting

 - Demonstrate curiosity about the natural world
Planning and conducting
 - Make observations about living and non-living things in the local environment
Processing and analyzing data and information
 - Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings
 - Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of evidence
Applying and innovating
 - Co-operatively design projects

Applied Designs, Skills and Technologies Curriculum (Moon Launch Challenge Workshop)
Big Idea:

Designs can be improved with prototyping and testing.
The choice of technology and tools depends on the task.

Curricular Competencies include:
Understanding context

 - Gather information about or from potential users
 - Generate potential ideas and add to others’ ideas
 - Construct a first version of the product, making changes to tools, materials, and procedures as needed
 - Gather peer feedback and inspiration
 - Reflect on their design thinking and processes, and their ability to work effectively both as individuals and collaboratively in a group, including their ability to share and maintain a co-operative work space

Program Options

(Times below do not include lunch break)

Planetarium Show, GroundStation Canada, Workshop & Cosmic Courtyard Gallery $16.20
(approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes)

Planetarium Show, GroundStation Canada & Cosmic Courtyard Gallery $12.00
(approximately 2 hours)
Planetarium Show, Workshop & Cosmic Courtyard Gallery $11.85
(approximately 2 hour and 30 minutes)  

Planetarium Show & Cosmic Courtyard Gallery $7.65
(approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes)  

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

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

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

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