School Groups

We welcome your class to the planetarium. Our shows are live, interactive, and adjustable to your needs. Select your grade level for more information.

Grades K – 2
Grades 3 – 5
Grades 6 – 8
Grades 9 – 12

To reserve a program, submit a Request Form at least 2 weeks in advance of your visit.

Planetarium programs for school groups cost $75 for 60 minutes and up to 68 students. You experience a live presentation that includes a show topic of your choice and a tour of the night sky featuring the constellations and their stories. For an additional $50, extend your visit with hands-on activities.

The fee is different for day care, summer, and evening and weekend groups. For more information, see Private Groups.


Show Topics

Wonders of Night and Day | Grades K – 2
Blast off to the International Space Station where we investigate what causes night and day. Experience what night and day are like on other planets such as Mars, then return to Earth to search for constellations in the night sky.
WI Standards for Science SCI.ESS1.A.1

Solar System Expedition | Grades 3 – 5
Explore the solar system and marvel at the Sun’s powerful flares, Jupiter’s swirling storms, and Saturn’s intriguing moons. Travel to the icy worlds of the Kuiper Belt and behold the latest discoveries from Juno and New Horizons. Return to Earth to gaze at the night sky as you search for constellations from the Big Dipper to Orion.
WI Standards for Science SCI.PS2.A.3, SCI.ESS1.A.5, SCI.ESS1.B.5

Lunar Light | Grades 5 – 8
Explore our nearest neighbor, the Moon, and discover what causes its phases and lunar and solar eclipses. Hear about missions to the Moon, including the first manned mission in 1969. Gaze at the Moon, planets, and stars during the stargazing portion of the show.
WI Standards for Science SCI.ESS1.B.5

The Dramatic Life of a Star | Grades 5 – 12
Marvel at the dramatic changes of stars as they transform from stellar nurseries to exotic objects such as white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes. Discover how stars fused the chemical elements in our bodies. Gaze at the night sky away from city lights and witness how stars vary in brightness and colors.

Astronomical Wonders | Grades 5 – 12
Explore the cosmos on this whirlwind journey from the solar system to the farthest corners of the universe. Tour thrilling highlights of our own solar system, such as solar storms and the rings of Saturn, before heading out to visit stars and exoplanets in the Milky Way galaxy. Behold the Milky Way on a collision course with its neighbor Andromeda as you travel into the depths of space to glimpse our universe in its infancy.

Illuminating Our Universe | Grades 9 – 12
Discover clues left by the birth of the universe and investigate how scientists measure the speed of distant galaxies and the leftover radiation from the early cosmos. Gaze at planets, stars, and the Milky Way galaxy during the stargazing portion of the program.
WI Standards for Science SCI.ESS1.A.h


Hands-On Activities

Optional hands-on activities last 20 minutes and cost $50 per activity.

Earth’s Amazing Moon | Grades K – 2 (Limit: 22 students)
Students use Playdough to make an Earth and Moon system. Students use different math and problem-solving skills depending on their grade level. If your group is 23-44 students, you may split them between two back-to-back activity sessions for a total of 40 minutes for $100.

Solar System to Scale | Grades 2 – 8 (Limit: 22 students)
Students are divided into groups to make a scale model of the solar system along the length of an indoor hallway. Students receive instructions about how many tiles they need between various planets. If your group is 23-44 students, you may split them between two back-to-back activity sessions for a total of 40 minutes for $100.

Star Charts | Grades 3 – 12 (Limit: 68 students)
Students learn to use star charts to identify 6-10 constellations in the sky.


Lunch

Students may eat their own lunch in the cafeteria on the ground level of the UWM Union, a short walk east of the planetarium. Students are welcome to eat lunch outdoors, weather permitting.