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The WVHS Planetarium welcomes field trip groups during the school day. Field trip programs are best described as live, multimedia LESSONS that are developed and taught by a certified science teacher. All lessons are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and created to be memorable experiences that cannot be replicated in the typical science classroom.

Although the planetarium is located at Waubonsie Valley High School, it serves as the science and technology center for Indian Prairie School District 204 since it opened in the 1975-6 school year. Over 80% of the field trips in a school year are from District 204 schools, but other groups are also welcome to visit. Follow the tabs above for more information on field trip lessons.

District 204

IPSD 204 GROUPS

The WVHS planetarium field trip lesson is directly integrated into IPSD grade level curriculum as outlined in Atlas. Field trip lessons for all IPSD 204 groups are FREE. The planetarium is not responsible for transportation.

All lessons are 60 minutes in length. Two lessons are scheduled per school day 10:30-11:30 and 11:30-12:30 pm. Groups scheduling back to back lessons on the same day can start the programs 30 minutes later (11:00-12:00 and 12:00-1:00 pm). 

The planetarium schedule is limited to 6 lessons per week. Lessons are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Occasionally Fridays are scheduled but Wednesdays are NOT due to the shortened high school day. Select 'Planetarium Calendar' on the navigation bar to view confirmed/scheduled lessons.

Seating capacity is 66 total visitors per lesson. The planetarium has 60 theater seats with 6 folding chairs or 2 wheelchairs. Please read the Visit Guide below for items such as assistive hearing devices, the building nurse, available restrooms, etc. It is highly recommended that you read the Visit Guide before submitting a request.

 

  • IPSD LESSONS - lesson list by grade level with description and NGSS standards

 ***Teachers must be logged into district Google account to access the items above.

 

Other Groups

OTHER GROUPS

Other groups include school groups, home-schoolers, community groups, or any group looking for a field trip lesson during the school day. The planetarium is open September through May of the school year and follows the IPSD 204 calendar. Here is the link for the 2019-20 IPSD 204 calendar. 

All lessons are 60 minutes in length. Two lessons are scheduled per school day 10:30-11:30 and 11:30-12:30 pm. Groups scheduling back to back lessons on the same day can start the programs 30 minutes later (11:00-12:00 and 12:00-1:00 pm). 

The planetarium schedule is limited to 6 lessons per week. Lessons are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Occasionally Fridays are scheduled but Wednesdays are NOT due to the shortened high school day. Select 'Planetarium Calendar' on the navigation bar to view confirmed/scheduled lessons. 

Seating capacity is 66 total visitors per lesson. The planetarium has 60 theater seats with 6 folding chairs or 2 wheelchairs. Please read the Visit Guide below for items such as assistive hearing devices, the building nurse, available restrooms, etc. The Visit Guide also includes cost and cancellation fees. It is highly recommended that you read the Visit Guide before submitting a request.

 

  • LESSONS - lesson list by grade level w/ NGSS standards
  • VISIT GUIDE - cost, seating capacity, cancelations, and everything else you need to know!
  • RESERVATION REQUEST FORM - 2019-20 scheduling starts September 3, 2019. Requests submitted before that date will not be processed.

Questions??? Email Stephanie Rybka at stephanie_rybka@ipsd.org


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