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K-12 Science 2 Schools Traveling Science Programs: Astro Van Program

Program Title:
Astro Van Program
Clark Planetarium Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Geographical Area:
Throughout the entire state of Utah & Eastern Nevada. (In the past we have done visits in Northern Arizona and Colorado)
General Description:
Our assembly is a hands-on science experience that promotes science literacy and the fact that science is fun! Topics include Heat, Light, & Sound, The Science of Space Travel, and Electricity & Magnetism.

In our classroom visits, we focus on the science core topics dealing with Astronomy (or whatever is requested from our host school). Students are encouraged to ask questions. We discuss distances in the universe, moon phases, seasons, some recent things going on in space, the International Space Station, Hubble Space Telescope, constellations & other cool things visible in the sky at the specific time of year, and whatever interests the students which is astronomy oriented.
Area of Science:
astronomy and some physics
Target Grade Levels:
K-6 (we focus mainly on 6th grade because our state office of education has thus requested and their science core is mostly astronomy)
Target Group Size:
we do assemblies for the entire school and then separate and do classroom visits
Our visits are free for the public elementary schools with 6th grades in Utah every other year. Other school requests are charged a fee based on the hours presenting at the school. A full day visit, including a rocket launch and star party in the evening is $1000, plus travel costs.

The information contained in this page is accurate as of October, 2003.