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School Programs

Elementary Programs
Movies (Viewing best for 60 or less people)

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure (27 Minute Movie and Optional Star Talk)
Join Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from China. They will take children on a journey of discovery and imagination to learn about the Moon, the Earth, bright stars and constellations. In addition or as an option, spend some time under the Planetarium stars, as our live presenter points out constellations and even planets visible in the night sky over New Jersey.

Recommended for ages 7 and under.
*Curriculum Standards Addressed: ESS1.A, ESS1.B, PS2.A, PS3.B
The Little Star That Could (25/36 Minute Movie and Optional 35/24 Minute Star Talk)
The Little Star That Could is a story about Little Star, an average yellow star in search of planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Will Little Star ever find his planets? Join us for this adorable fulldome production and find out! In addition, spend some time under the Planetarium stars, as our live presenter points out constellations and even planets visible in the night sky over New Jersey.

Recommended for ages 10 and under.
*Curriculum Standards Addressed: ESS1.A, ESS1.B

Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef (35 Minute Movie and Optional 25 Minute Star Talk)
Young visitors will be transported to a tropical reef where they will join Jake & Shorty, two adventurous and humorous fish, on an animated quest to restore the magic of their reef that will protect it from man’s destruction. In order to do this they must learn how to “touch the moon”! Children will witness a one-of-kind underwater world that is full of adventure, danger and riddles In addition, spend some time under the Planetarium stars, as our live presenter points out constellations and even planets visible in the night sky over New Jersey.

Recommended for ages 10 and under.
*Curriculum Standards Addressed:  ESS1.B, ESS2.C, ESS3.C, LS2.D, LS4.C, LS4.D

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (30/40 Minute Movie and Optional 30/20 Minute Star Talk)
Join two adventurous children as they use their imaginations, a refrigerator box and a helpful animated astronomy book to take a tour of the solar system. Travel with them to the planets and learn why each one of them is unique to the other. In addition, spend some time under the Planetarium stars, as our live presenter points out constellations and even planets visible in the night sky over New Jersey.

Recommended for ages 12 and under.
*Curriculum Standards Addressed: ESS1.A, ESS1.B, ESS1.C, PS2.A, PS2.B, PS4.B

Elementary Programs
Star Talks (Viewing for up to 101)

The Stars From My Backyard (30-60 Minutes)
This live-presented Star Talk is great for all ages, as the presenter will tailor the program to align with the grade level of the students. The basic show includes information about the Sun, Moon, weather, constellations and planets, but can also focus on more in-depth information such as deep sky objects and exo-planets!  Along the way, fun stories, songs and even a passing rainstorm help make this an exciting introduction to the sky for students.
(Please specify grade level when booking.)
*Curriculum Standards Addressed: ESS1.A, ESS1.B, ESS2.D, PS2.A, PA2.B, PS4.B

Reasons for the Seasons (60 Minutes)
Take a trip around the globe . . . from the Equator to the North Pole and back to the Jersey Shore to explore the reasons for the seasons. From sunrise to sunset, and around the globe, students will learn about the sun and its effects on the earth. Once darkness falls, explore some of the season’s constellations, bright stars and planets before taking an exciting trip through space.

(Please specify grade level when booking.)
*Curriculum Standards Addressed: ESS2.A, ESS2.D
Other Worlds (60 Minutes)
To ancient people, the planets looked like bright stars, moving slowly through the heavens. Today, we know that they are other worlds, traveling around the Sun. This program takes students on a tour of the Solar System, to see each planet as a unique world.

(Please specify grade level when booking.)
*Curriculum Standards Addressed: ESS1.A, ESS2.A, PS2.A, PS2.B

Earth’s Nearest Neighbor (60 Minutes)
Explore some of the secrets of our neighbor in space, the Moon. Motions and phases, eclipses and tides are some of the topics that will be covered. Then we’ll hear some ancient and modern legends about the Moon, and visit with the Apollo astronauts to uncover its true nature, and its possible future uses as a natural resource.

(Please specify grade level when booking.)
*Curriculum Standards Addressed:???

Middle School and High School

Movies (Viewing best for 60 or less people)
Star Talks (Viewing for up to 101)

Wonders of the Seasonal Sky (60 Minutes)
Join our live Planetarium presenter for an in-depth tour of our current sky over New Jersey! This ever-changing program explores the season’s constellations, bright stars, visible planets, deep sky objects and celestial highlights. Constellation mythology and recent events are also included. Prepare to ask questions and even answer them as our presenter creates an informal atmosphere for your enjoyment of the current seasonal sky.

(Please specify grade level when booking.)
*Curriculum Standards Addressed: ESS1.A, ESS1.B, PS2, PS4.B

The Vital Triangle (60 Minutes)
What would our planet be like without the sun or moon? How can you use the sun to help you tell time? Why does the moon seem to change? We will try to answer these questions and others by focusing on the interrelationship between the sun, earth and moon. Students will experience the Sun’s energy in the form of a passing thunderstorm, and view some of the more obvious constellations. They will then travel through space to learn how this triangle forms a system that has remarkable effects on our home planet.

Best for grade levels 6-12.
(Please specify grade level when booking.)
*Curriculum Standards Addressed: ESS1.A, ESS1.B, ESS3.C, PS2.A, PS2.B, PS4.B
*Curriculum standard Addressed are listed as the age-range appropriate Disciplinary Core Ideas within the Next Generation Science Standards (nextgenscience.org) that align with the show’s content. Teachers may have to complete additional activities and assessments to fully meet these standards.

For more information, email planetarium@ocean.edu or call us at 732.255.0343.