STEM Programs and Resources

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Standards-Based Programming​ and Resources

To assist teachers in engaging their students in the best possible learning experience, Sci-Port’s Education Team has crafted several learning programs and educator resources that connect to our programming, exhibits, and gallery experiences. These programs and resources may be used as discovery and introduction to concepts, in concept formation, or as part of the analysis and evaluation part of the learning curriculum. All programs have been aligned to the Louisiana Student Standards (LSSs.) (Note: Not all LSS listed will be covered in their entirety; a program may only focus on a portion of the standard.)

Live Demonstrations

Your students can be part of the action in our interactive demonstrations. All demonstrations can accommodate up to 60 students and are 30 minutes in duration. Teacher Resource Guides (TRGs) can be downloaded by clicking the name of the program.

Science Programs Catalog

Grade(s)Program NameContentProgram Description
PreK - 6thAnimal Encounters**Life ScienceReserve an opportunity for your students to get up close and personal with some of Sci-Port’s furry and/or scaly friends!
PreK - 3rdStuffee’s LunchboxHealth & the BodyStuffee, our six-foot-tall blue-haired doll, shares his digestive system with your students. They will discover MyPlate, the USDA’s new healthy eating guidelines, by classifying the contents of Stuffee’s lunchbox.
PreK - 4thPop FizzChemical ChangesWitness crazy chemical reactions during this introduction to the three states of matter.
Students will observe chemical reactions and discover some combinations that create “pops” and “fizzes”. Students will also be introduced to different states of matter such as solid, liquid, and gas.
3rd - 5thFact of the MatterStates of MatterStudents will experience the four states of matter and understand that all matter in the world can be classified as a solid, liquid, gas, or plasma. The freezing point, boiling point, condensation, and sublimation of various substances will be demonstrated, as will phase changes of a number of selected substances.
3rd - 6thYoung Isaac NewtonLaws of MotionExplore and learn about Newton’s Three Laws of Motion. Students will participate by using everyday objects (a few unique to Sci-Port) to comprehend the meaning of each law.
5th - 8thWeather WorksWeatherLearn about the weather while watching us make clouds, rain, lightning, tornadoes, and other weather phenomena!

Special Astronomy Friday Programs (available on Fridays only)

Earth, Moon, Sun
The Solar SystemSun, Planets, Asteroids
Beyond the Solar System

**Note: Hands-on interaction with animals depends on their health and availability.

Visiting the Planetarium

Your students can be part of the action in interactive programs or be WOW-ed by the movies in our digital Space Dome Planetarium. All programs in our planetarium can accommodate up to 60 students and are 30 minutes in duration. Teacher Resource Guides (TRGs) can be downloaded by clicking the name of the program.

Choose from Live Interactive Programs or Movies

  • Live Interactive presentations include live narration with flexible scenery
  • Movies feature pre-recorded narration and scenery

Both types of programming cover a variety of subject matter within Earth and Space Science, Astronomy, and Physics.

Rules of the Space Dome

  • We ask that you quietly arrive with your students in a single-file line outside the Space Dome’s main entrance on the 1st floor of the Space Center.
  • If possible, arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled start time and wait for the Space Dome staff to assist you with seating.
  • Be courteous and minimize any distractions.
  • We ask that everyone refrain from using devices that emit light and/or sound during the course of the program.
  • Questions related to the topic are strongly encouraged but may not be answered due to time constraints. You are welcome to contact the Space Dome staff via email or Facebook as a follow-up.
  • Check with the Space Dome staff if you or anyone within your group wishes to record anything within the Space Dome.

Planetarium Program Catalog

Live Interactive Planetarium Programs

Grade(s)Program NameContentProgram Description
4th and upSpace RocksPlanetary ScienceThe students will discern the differences in the planets and other space rocks housed in our solar system and universe.
5th - 8thStarry NightConstellationsAn interactive, grade level-appropriate tour of the current season's night sky. Students learn about the constellations, the night's brightest stars and the latest relevant space news.

Planetarium Movies

PreK - 2ndOne World, One Sky: Big Bird’s AdventureSun, Stars & MoonSee how people all over the world are connected. With the help of Big Bird, Elmo and a new friend from China named Hu Hu Zhu, children will discover that everyone everywhere shares the same sky.
Made possible at Sci-Port by the Colleen J. Papai Memorial Fund

Additional Programming Resources

Sci-Port’s education team has put together several resources that can help you maximize the experience for you and your students.

Laser Digital IMAX Dome Theatre Teacher Resource Guides

Be The Astronaut Resources

Gallery of Intrigue Resources

Adventures at the Gallery of Intrigue


PoP Children’s Museum

Sawyer Space Dome Planetarium



Be The Astronaut

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