6th – 12th Grade
Science On A Sphere®
A giant six-foot sphere is the screen for Science On a Sphere® (SOS), a unique educational tool developed by NOAA. To learn more about SOS and access pre- and post-visit lesson plans, visit http://sos.noaa.gov/.
SOS® Program Options:
Primary tracks for staff-led programs are Weather and Plate Tectonics. Staff will work with teachers on other possible themes.
Weather (Grades 1st - 12th):
Using real time data provided by NOAA, NWS, and NASA, students will explore patterns and the relationship between the water cycle and weather. S1E1, S4E3, S4E4, S6E3, S6E4, SEV4, SEV5
Plate Tectonics (Grades 5th – 12th):
Students will explore how the location of plates correlates with volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunami events. S5E1, S6E5, SES1, SES2, SES6c
Mark Smith Planetarium
This state-of-the-art Space Theater offers live and recorded Georgia Performance Standard-related Astronomy programming.
• 30 – 40 minutes in length
• Includes 10 – 15 minute live star show plus Teacher’s choice of recorded show unless otherwise noted
• Planetarium seats 120 children and adults
This enhanced, fully-live presentation takes students on a journey in which they:
- observe the moon, planets, and stars as they are seen from Earth.
- fly into space to observe the relative positions of solar system objects from multiple vantage points.
- fly around the solar system, inspecting the surfaces of the planets and their moons close up.
- fly out to the edge of the universe and look back at all the galaxies currently catalogued
Teachers may request special topics. S2E1-2, S4E1-2, S6E1, S6E2, SES1
Grades 6th - 12th
Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity:
See immersive animations of the formation of the universe, star birth, collision of galaxies, and a simulated flight into the super-massive black hole at the center of our Galaxy. S4E1, S6E1, SES1
Explore the inner workings of Earth’s climate system through dramatic visualizations based on satellite data and supercomputer simulations. Examine how the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere shape our climate. S6E4, SM1, SM5
Live Animal Shows
The Classic (Grades K-12):
This show highlights a bird, mammal, insect and reptile including basic information about each animal’s species, habitat, adaptation, classification, and personal information. S1L1, S3L1, S3L2, S4L1
Animals in our Backyard (Grades K-12):
Our native Georgia animals are featured with information about habitat, adaptation, classification and more. Students will also test their knowledge of State Symbols from animal and plant kingdoms. S1L1, S3L1, S3L2, S4L1
Who am I? (Grades K-12):
Learn about classification and characteristics of the major animal groups. Students will also investigate ways that animals adapt to suit their environments. S4L2, S5L1, S7L1, S7L5
Atmospheric Paintings by Victoria Lowe (January 5 - April 15, 2018):
Abstract paintings inspired by stargazing with a telescope.
Chemigrams by Nolan Preese (April 27 - August 20, 2018):
Using cameraless photography, Nolan Preese explores environmental themes in his contemporary landscapes.
Sweet Gum Nature Trail (Grades K – 12th):
Limit: 100 students
The trail program includes a Georgia native plant garden and explores life science topics based on appropriate GPS. The trail is wheelchair user accessible. Supports Life Science GSE at all grade levels.
Sum of the Parts (Grades PK – 8th):
Students learn about pollution and how it can affect a river. S3L2, S7L4
Incredible Journey (Grades 3rd – 8th):
Students explore the water cycle by becoming a water droplet and journeying through the cycle. S4E3, S6E3
Amerson River Park (Grades K - 12th):
The Museum provides GPS/Common Core-related programs at Amerson River Park on the Ocmulgee River just off I-75, 4 miles from the Museum.
Program Fee: $6/student
Parents, Chaperones, Siblings: $6/person
Teachers and Bus Drivers: Free
Lunchtime, scheduled as one of the activity periods, allows groups to bring a sack lunch and use the MAS picnic area when weather allows. There is no indoor space for lunch. In inclement weather, groups must eat on their buses.
Museum Store shopping can be included during this time.
Our store has something for all ages and budgets. Alert the Group Service Coordinator when making your reservation if your group plans to shop. Students with money to spend, visit the store during their lunch time, 10 at a time, accompanied by an adult from the group.
As an alternative, Grab Bags of assorted items are available by pre-arrangement for $3.50 (+ tax) each.