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First to Third Grade Programs


Teacher Support Materials are provided for each program. These provide vocabulary lists, student activities to use before and after your visit, exhibit connections, and resources. You'll also find Tennessee Science Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) to match our programs to your curriculum.

25-Minute Programs

$2 per person
  • Extreme Weather

    Maximum 75 students

    Question how water, air and the sun’s heat drive Earth’s weather and observe a cloud forming right in front of your eyes! Discover how powerful air pressure is and have an up close encounter with lightning.

    • The Atmosphere: Standard 8
    • Matter: Standard 9
    • Forces in Nature: Standard 12
  • Animal Adaptations

    Maximum 75 students

    Discover how animals adapt to survive in some of the harshest places on Earth as well as in our own backyards! Explore characteristics that allow animals to survive in the harsh desert and the cold, dry tundra.

    • Interdependence: Standard 2
    • Flow of Matter and Energy: Standard 3
    • Biodiversity and Change: Standard 5
  • Exploring Magnets

    Maximum 75 students

    Magnetism is a mysterious phenomenon. Gain a better understanding of what objects are attracted to a magnet and which are not. Explore repulsion, properties of magnets, poles, types of magnets, and magnetic fields.

    • Matter: Standard 9
    • Forces in Nature: Standard 12
  • Living in Space

    Maximum 75 students

    How do astronauts work, eat, sleep, exercise and go to the bathroom in space? Everything is more complicated when the International Space Station is your home. Compare and contrast how living in space differs from living on Earth.

    • Motion: Standard 11
    • Forces in Nature: Standard 12
  • Matter Matters

    Grade 3, Maximum 75 students

    You think snow and ice are cold? Wait until you get up close and personal with Liquid Nitrogen at -346°F! Find out how everyday objects behave when heat energy is drastically added or taken away. Non-refundable materials fee of $30 per program is required.

    • Matter: Standard 9
    • Energy: Standard 10

50-Minute Programs

$3 per person unless otherwise noted
  • Whodunit STEM Learning Lab

    Grades 1-2, Maximum 30 students

    Teams use deductive reasoning and science tools while working together to solve a mini-mystery. Students must justify reasoning with evidence, including fingerprints, unknown powders, tire tracks, footprints and animal tracks. (1st and 2nd grades only)

    • Math Standards; Numbers and Operations, Geometry and Measurement
    • Embedded Inquiry
    • Matter: Standard 9
  • Magnificent Magnets STEM Learning Lab

    Maximum 30 students

    In this guided inquiry lab, students rotate through stations, making observations and testing hypotheses about the properties of magnets.

    • Embedded Inquiry
    • Forces in Nature: Standard 12
  • Squid Dissection STEM Learning Lab

    Grade 3, Maximum 30 students

    Through squid dissection, students inspect unique internal and external features, such as the beak and ink sac, of this ocean dwelling invertebrate. A lab deposit of $50 is required. (3rd grade only)

    • Matter and Energy: Standard 3
    • Biodiversity and Change: Standard 5

Sudekum Planetarium

$3 per student, maximum 166 seats, allow 1 hour
  • Nine Planets and Counting

    Grades 3 and up
    How many planets are there in our solar system? Nine, right? Or is it eight? Maybe it's ten, or twelve, or more. Take a tour to explore the variety of objects that populate our solar system. And just what IS a planet, anyway? The answer may surprise you.
    • The Earth: Standard 7
    • The Universe: Standard 6
  • One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

    Grades Pre-K to 1
    Based on the popular children's show Sesame Street. Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, take viewers on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun and the Moon.
    • The Universe: Standard 7
    • The Earth: Standard 6


  • Our Place in Space

    Grades 1-3
    While solving a crossword puzzle about the sky, endangered animals explore the cause of day and night, the importance of our star the Sun, the beauty of the constellations, and the variety of objects that make up the Universe.
    • Earth: Standard 7
    • The Universe: Standard 6
    • Motion Standard 10
    • Forces in Nature: Standard 12
  • Rusty Rocket's Last Blast

    Grades 1-5
    Rusty Rocket has one final mission to command: an introductory tour of the solar system for a new class of rocket rookies. Along the way, Rusty highlights the wide variety of environments in the solar system, the great distances between the planets, and the spacecraft that explore them.
    • The Universe: Standard 6
    • The Earth: Standard 7
    • Motion: Standard 11
  • Skies Over Nashville

    Grades 3 and up
    Explore what's up in the sky tonight: stars, constellations, planets, and more. Ask questions and make requests during this live, interactive tour of the sky.
    • The Universe: Standard 6
    • The Earth: Standard 7


  • Skywatchers of Africa

    Grades 3 and up
    For thousands of years, Africans have used their knowledge of the sky to build their societies, shape their spiritual lives, and meet their physical needs for survival. Skywatchers of Africa highlights the diversity of African astronomy, examines cultural uses of the sky that developed over thousands of years, and celebrates our shared human experience.
    • The Earth: Standard 7
    • The Universe: Standard 6
  • Wonderful Sky

    Grades Pre-K to 1
    This live, participatory program allows your youngest students to explore the daytime and nighttime skies in the unique, multi-sensory environment of the planetarium.
    • The Universe: Standard 6
    • The Earth: Standard 7
    • Energy: Standard 1

All information and pricing subject to change without notice.

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