Grade 9 Field Trips

Available Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

Planetarium Shows

Astronomer’s Periodic Table
Where do elements come from and how are they cycled through the universe? Students will learn 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 Shows

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. Have you ever wondered 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-on 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.

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.

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.
 - 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 include a lunch break)

Two Planetarium Shows, GroundStation Canada & Cosmic Courtyard exhibit space $20.90
- Pick Two: Astronomer’s Periodic Table, Phantom of the Universe or Feature Show (Planetarium)
- Colour of Fire or Planet Hunters (GroundStation Canada)
- Cosmic Courtyard exhibit space
(approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes)

Planetarium Show, Two GroundStation Canada & Cosmic Courtyard exhibit space $18.00
- Astronomer’s Periodic Table or Phantom of the Universe or Feature Show (Planetarium)
- Colour of Fire and Planet Hunters (GroundStation Canada)
- Cosmic Courtyard exhibit space
(approximately 3 hours) 

Planetarium Show, GroundStation Canada & Cosmic Courtyard exhibit space $13.40
- Astronomer’s Periodic Table or Phantom of the Universe or Feature Show (Planetarium)
- Colour of Fire or Planet Hunters (GroundStation Canada)
- Cosmic Courtyard exhibit space
(approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes) 

Looking for other options?
Contact [email protected] or 604.738.7827 ext. 241 to discuss all package 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