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Compare and contrast characteristics of the planets in our solar system. Explore the role gravity plays on Earth and in space. Discover what an exoplanet is and how scientists make new discoveries in space. Learn about moon phases and what causes the seasons on Earth.

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About This Program


By Request: $195.00

Fee includes shipping. Class sizes over 30 will have a fee of $5 per additional student over 30 to cover extra materials provided.


50 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4, 5, ParentPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

30 students

Primary Disciplines

Sciences Astronomy

Program Delivery Mode


Booking Information

Please allow 1 month advance notice when choosing your preferred date. We need time for shipping kits.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

1 weeks' notice for cancellation is requested otherwise full program fees will be charged.

About This Provider

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Discovery Center of Springfield

Springfield, MO
United States

Our mission is to inspire curiosity and a life-long love of learning through memorable and engaging hands-on experiences in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education.

Erin Jaeger
417-862-9910 ext.726

Program Details


1. Introduction to planet rotation and revolution around the sun.
2. Experiment with star brightness.
3. Discover characteristics of the planets in our solar system
4. Explore the distance between and volume of the planets in our solar system
5. Learn about life in space and how scientists discover new planets.


1. Students will complete a pre-lab activity before the video conference to learn about planet rotation and revolution.
2. Students will explore the role of gravity on an object on earth and space,
3. Students will compare the characteristics of the planets.
4. Students will compare star brightness related to distance.
5. Students will define an exoplanet.
6. Students will compare and contrast life on Earth to life in space.
7. Students will experiment with a model of Sun, Earth, Moon relationships and identify the phases of the Moon during a post-lab activity after the video conference.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Meets current Next Generation Science Standards

State Standards

Meets current Missouri Learning Standards