Grade 6 Field Trips

Available Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays

Planetarium Shows

Exploring Extremes
Discover how scientists use Earth-based environments as analogues for studying environments on other planets. During this show we will go to one of Earth’s driest deserts, Antarctica’s largest sub-glacial lake and Pavilion Lake in our own backyard to look at how scientists use technology to study extreme environments.

The Universe 
Travel from Earth through our solar system and into the universe beyond our Milky Way galaxy. Students will be introduced to some of the recent discoveries that expand our understanding of the universe.

GroundStation Canada Shows

Cosmic Glue
Hold onto your seats! We'll be discussing Newton's and Einstein's perspectives on gravity and how astronomers use gravity to study the universe.

Planet Hunters
Discover more about planet hunting techniques astronomers use and 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 their use in rocketry.

Hands-on Workshops

Does life exist beyond our solar system? By applying an understanding of the extremes that life on Earth can endure and the work of scientists searching for exoplanets (planets beyond our solar system), students will develop their own conclusions on whether alien life exists somewhere in the galaxy and what it might look like.

Space Launch Challenge 
What do scientists and engineers do to make their ideas a reality? They use their knowledge of scientific concepts and rigorous experimentation. In this workshop, students will apply basic concepts of physics to design, prototype and launch a simple rocket.
Note: groups of three students will work together and each group is required to supply their own 2-litre plastic pop bottles.

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.

The solar system is part of the Milky Way, which is one of billions of galaxies.
Newton’s three laws of motion describe the relationship between force and motion.

Newton’s three laws of motion.
Effects of balanced and unbalanced forces.
Overall scale, structure, and age of the universe.
The position, motion, and components of our solar system in our galaxy.
Extreme environments, including contributions of Canadians to exploration technology.

Curricular Competencies include:

Questioning and predicting
 - Demonstrate a sustained curiosity about a scientific topic or problem of personal interest.
Planning and conducting
 - Choose appropriate data to collect to answer their questions.
Processing and analyzing data and information
 - Compare data with predictions and develop explanations for results.
 - Suggest improvements to their investigation methods.
Applying and innovating
 - Co-operatively design projects.
 - Communicate ideas, explanations, and processes in a variety of ways.

Program Options

(Times below include a lunch break)

Planetarium Show, GroundStation Canada, Workshop & Cosmic Courtyard exhibit space $17.75
- Exploring Extremes or The Universe (Planetarium)
- Cosmic Glue or Planet Hunters or Rocket Lab (GroundStation Canada)
- Extremophiles or Space Launch Challenge (Workshop)
(approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes)

Planetarium Show, GroundStation Canada & Cosmic Courtyard exhibit space $13.40
- Exploring Extremes or The Universe (Planetarium)
- Cosmic Glue or Planet Hunters or Rocket Lab (GroundStation Canada)
(approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes)

Planetarium Show, Workshop & Cosmic Courtyard exhibit space $13.15
- Exploring Extremes or The Universe (Planetarium)
- Extremophiles or Space Launch Challenge (Workshop)
(approximately 3 hours)  

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