Grade 1-3

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.

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Demonstrations

Cooking Up a Storm

Learn about the three basic ingredients of weather – water, air, and temperature – and investigate what weather events are created when these ingredients are combined in different recipes. read more →

Get Energized!

Explore the science of heat, light and sound energy. Observe lightning-like sparks, glowing plasma and ultraviolet light demonstrations that will have your students on the edge of their seats! read more →

Life on Earth

What makes life possible on Earth? The Sun! Students investigate living vs. non-living things and natural vs. man-made materials to draw conclusions about energy and biodiversity on Earth. read more →

Matter Matters

You think snow and ice are cold? Wait until you get up close and personal with Liquid Nitrogen at -321°F! Find out how everyday objects behave when heat energy is drastically added or taken away. read more →

Space Exploration

Wonder what it’s like in outer space? Explore our solar system to learn about our closest neighbors in the universe as if our classroom were the International Space Station. read more →


STEM Learning Labs

Flower Dissection

Budding botanists work in small groups to dissect a flower and explore its physical characteristics. read more →

Frog Dissection

Inspect the unique internal and external features of a frog, learn how the tympanum senses sound waves, and draw conclusions about the adaptations of this amphibian. read more →

It’s Electric!

Partners collaborate in a guided inquiry lab with challenges that include building series and parallel circuits to make a light bulb glow, a motor spin, and a fan turn into a flying saucer. read more →

Primary Physical Forces

Students make observations and test hypotheses about magnetism, gravity, static electricity, and vibrations and sound. read more →

Squid Dissection

Inspect the unique internal and external features of a squid and draw conclusions about the adaptations of this ocean dwelling invertebrate. read more →


Planetarium Shows

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

Join Big Bird, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu, their friend from China, as they learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, and the Moon. read more →

Our Place in Space

Discover the cause of day and night, learn about the Sun, the Earth, our solar system, and the stars while solving a crossword puzzle about the sky. (Second semester third graders often prefer Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast.) Grades 1 – 3 The Universe: Standard 6 The Earth: Standard 7 Motion Standard 10 Download Teacher Support.. read more →

Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast

Rusty Rocket leads a class of rookies on their first tour of the solar system to explain basic rocket science and the great distances between the planets. Grades 1 – 5 The Universe: Standard 6 The Earth: Standard 7 Motion: Standard 11 Download Teacher Support Materials read more →

Skies Over Nashville

Explore what’s up in the sky tonight: constellations, planets, and more. Ask questions and make requests during this live, interactive tour of the sky. Grades 3 & Up The Universe: Standard 6 The Earth: Standard 7 Download Teacher Support Materials read more →

Wonderful Sky

This live, participatory program allows your youngest students to explore the daytime and nighttime skies in the unique, multi-sensory environment of the planetarium. read more →


800 Fort Negley Blvd | Nashville, TN 37203 | Reservations: (615) 862-5177
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