Prepare For Your Visit

Audience

Pre- and Post-Visit Questionnaire

Grade K-2
  • Pre-Visit Questionnaire (.doc) or (.pdf)
  • Post-Visit Questionnaire (.doc) or (.pdf)
  • Answers to Questionnaires (Pre- and Post-) (.doc) or (.pdf)

Discuss these questions with your students prior to your visit, to stimulate their curiosity:

  • How does the Sun affect us?
  • What do you see in the sky?
  • How do objects in the sky move and change?
  • What is a star?
  • What is a planet?
  • How do the Earth and Moon move and change?

Grade 3-5
  • Pre-Visit Questionnaire (.doc) or (.pdf)
  • Post-Visit Questionnaire (.doc) or (.pdf)
  • Answers to Questionnaires (Pre- and Post-) (.doc) or (.pdf)

Discuss these questions with your students prior to your visit, to stimulate their curiosity:

  • What is the solar system?
  • How do Earth and its Moon move?
  • How do objects move in the solar system?
  • What are the planets like?
  • How do people study the solar system?
  • What celestial bodies make up the solar system?
  • What celestial bodies make up the universe?
  • What causes the shift from day to night?
  • What causes the change of seasons?

Grade 6-8
  • Pre-Visit Questionnaire (.doc) or (.pdf)
  • Post-Visit Questionnaire (.doc) or (.pdf)
  • Answers to Questionnaires (Pre- and Post-) (.doc) or (.pdf)

Discuss these questions with your students prior to your visit, to stimulate their curiosity:

  • What are constellations?
  • What is the Zodiac?
  • What causes day and night?
  • What causes seasons?
  • What causes an eclipse?
  • What causes the Moon’s phases?
  • How can you tell a star from a planet?
  • How did the solar system form? How do we know?
  • What are the differences between Terrestrial and Jovian planets?
  • What celestial bodies make up the universe?
  • What is the origin of the universe? How do we know?

Grade 9-12
  • Pre-Visit Questionnaire (.doc) or (.pdf)
  • Post-Visit Questionnaire (.doc) or (.pdf)
  • Answers to Questionnaires (Pre- and Post-) (.doc) or (.pdf)

Discuss these questions with your students prior to your visit, to stimulate their curiosity:

  • How do we know how far away a star is?
  • What is the Big Bang Theory?
  • What is the value of space exploration?

Tips for your visit

  • Let students know in advance to dress in layers for their comfort. The theater is often too cool when it is hot outside and too warm when it is cold outside.
  • Print a campus map and directions to bring with you on the day of your trip. Oftentimes, bus drivers don’t know the Planetarium’s location.
  • Kindly allow time for your class to use the restrooms before the show starts to avoid the awkward situation of interrupting the program.
  • Food or drink are not allowed in the planetarium theater.
  • Please explain to your class that the room will get dark and that, for safety reasons, all audience members must remain seated during the program.
  • Please remind adults (and students if applicable) to turn off their electronic devices during the show, because the glow of a silenced phone will disrupt the darkened theater environment.
  • Encourage your class to come with astronomy questions! It helps to have them written down in advance.