Grade 4 Field Trips

Available Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays

Planetarium show

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 Shows

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 Workshops

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

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 Ideas:

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 include a lunch break)

Planetarium Show, GroundStation Canada, Workshop & Cosmic Courtyard exhibit space $17.75
- Our Closest Neighbour (Planetarium)
- Planet Hunters or Rocket Lab (GroundStation Canada)
- Planet Mechanics or Moon Launch Challenge (Workshop)
(approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes)

Planetarium Show, GroundStation Canada & Cosmic Courtyard exhibit space $13.40
- Our Closest Neighbour (Planetarium)
- Planet Hunters or Rocket Lab (GroundStation Canada)
(approximately 2 hours 30 minutes)

Planetarium Show, Workshop & Cosmic Courtyard exhibit space $13.15
- Our Closest Neighbour (Planetarium)
- Planet Mechanics or Moon Launch Challenge (Workshop)
(approximately 3 hours)

Planetarium Show & Cosmic Courtyard exhibit space $8.80
- Our Closest Neighbour (Planetarium)
(approximately 2 hours) 

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

Email (Please include the name of your school, dates and the programs you are interested in.)
Call:  604.738.7827 ext. 241
Fax:  604.736.5665