Useful Links for Teachers - Remote Learning Resources

While the Ward Beecher Planetarium remains closed, we are working hard to continue our mission of delivering quality astronomy and science programming to our community, now directly to your screens. Below are details for Virtual Field Trip options along with a robust collection of online resources - all free!
We will update this page regularly throughout the Fall of 2020.

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Virtual Field Trips - Get Started Here

We offer personalized virtual field trip both pre-recorded and live options for your school group. From Earth-based astronomy to exploring the solar system and beyond, we are committed to bringing the planetarium to you! Preview some of what we offer below and request your virtual field trip today!

Introduction to Virtual Field Trips: What We Offer and How to Schedule

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Public Planetarium Content - Great Educational Resources for All Ages

We are offering five unique show segments of quality educational content for anyone to enjoy. Check out our YouTube Channel for all our offerings.

Explore Science Keep Looking Up Life of a Scientist
Out of This World News Starry Storytime

Planetarium Shows - free and adapted for flat screen

These planetarium shows have been adapted for flat screen and are available free along with all of their educational resources. We simply ask you fill out this brief form to let us know which show you want to use. Upon submission, the form will direct you to streaming links for the shows. This is only possible thanks to the generousity of planetarium production companies Sky-Skan, Audio Visual Imagineering, and Evans & Sutherland.

Cosmic Castaways

Recommended Audience: Grades 11 & 12, adults
There are places where the night sky has no constellations. No Orion, no Big Dipper, nothing but a few lonely, far away stars and faint, ghostly patches of light. Most stars lie within the crowded boundaries of galaxies, travelling with their brothers and sisters in a vast galactic family. But some find themselves on their own, deep within voids between the galaxies. These are the Cosmic Castaways.


Produced here at WBP, this program is based partially on research by YSU's astrophysicists Dr. John Feldmeier and Dr. Patrick Durrell. Topics covered: galaxies and galaxy types, gravity and its effects in the universe

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Dinosaurs at Dusk: The Origins of Flight

Recommended Audience: general audience
Travel back in time with Lucy and her father to discover the origins of flights and experience first-hand the cataclysmic "last day" of the dinosaurs. Produced by Mirage 3D.
These shows are presented in partnership with Evans & Sutherland.

Dynamic Earth

Recommended Audience: Grades 7 - 12, adults
The Earth is a living, dynamic planet. How did it get that way? What happens if our global climate changes?
This immersive program takes the audience above Earth to look at how our atmosphere moves; below the ocean to seek how currents move and how the carbon chain begins; and to Venus, the perfect example of a climate system gone wrong.

Specifically designed to address NGSS for 7th grade, Earth and Space Sciences. Topics include cycles and patterns of Earth and the moon, specifically hydrologic cycle, patterns in the atmosphere and oceans, and relationships between thermal energy and currents.
These shows are presented in partnership with Evans & Sutherland.

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Legends of the Night Sky: Orion

Recommended Audience: Grades K - 8, families
Accompanied by narrators Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse, we follow Orion's adventures as he grows to manhood, battles mythical beasts, foils the plot of an evil king and wins the heart of Artemis, the beautiful moon-goddess. By the end of the story, we learn how the constellation Orion was placed in the sky, forever turning overhead throughout the seasons.
Available courtesy of Audio Visual Imagineering.

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Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus & Andromeda

Recommended Audience: Grades K - 8, families
Accompanied by narrators Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse, we follow Perseus and Andromeda in a fun-filled retelling of the beautiful but unfortunate princess Andromeda, who in divine punishment for her mother's bragging, is sacrificed to a sea monster - and rescued by the Greek hero Perseus.
Available courtesy of Audio Visual Imagineering.

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Little Star That Could

Recommended Audience: Grades 1 - 4, families
A little star is born, and he's average. But there's nothing wrong with being average, as our little star discovers, especially if you want to have a planet with life!

The program looks at different sizes and colors of stars and our solar system; second grade teachers have enthusiastically endorsed it for meeting Ohio standards.
Available courtesy of Audio Visual Imagineering.

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The Moon

Recommended Audience: Grades 1-4
A live interactive planetarium show teaching about the moon and its phases. The show is set up in modules with opportunities for discussion and observations throughout.
Available courtesy of Audio Visual Imagineering.

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Robot Explorers

Recommended Audience: general audience
Near the end of the twentieth century, we began launching unmanned probes into the far reaches of the solar system. What they discovered was amazing and in some cases unexpected. Now after dozens of probes have been deployed, the exploration continues. New space missions are underway, and many of these robust spacecraft are still operational, beaming their knowledge back to Earth every day. We will pay tribute to these robots who have explored in our stead and experience what they have taught us about our solar system. Narrated by Brent Spiner of TV's Star Trek: The Next Generation. Telly Award Winner.
These shows are presented in partnership with Evans & Sutherland.

Secret Lives of Stars

Recommended Audience: general audience
Not all stars are created equal. Some are massive. Others are tiny; almost insignificant. The specific characteristics of a star will determine what type of life it will lead, how long it might live and even the type of death it will die. We will witness the amazing variety of stars and peer into their secret lives. Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart. Winner of 4 Telly Awards.
These shows are presented in partnership with Evans & Sutherland.

To Space & Back

Recommended Audience: K-12, general
To Space & Back takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. What's happening above is coming back down to Earth! Discover how we've been changed by space exploration, and what we owe to curiosity and the spirit of discovery. Narrated by James May.
Available courtesy of Sky-Skan and Cosmic Picture.

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Recommended Audience: Grades 5 - 12, adults
The scene was 74,000 years ago, on the island of Sumatra. A volcanic eruption triggered the sudden and violent collapse of a vast regional plateau. Toba, as the volcano is known today, was the largest volcanic eruption in the last 25 million years. But Earth has seen far larger. 250 million years ago, an eruption in what's now Siberia lasted a million years and was probably responsible for the greatest episode of mass extinction in Earth's history. The award-winning Supervolcanoes looks back at rare classes of eruptions that have marshaled the energy that lurks, like a sleeping dragon, beneath the surface of planet Earth. The program moves beyond Earth to explore the impact of giant volcanic eruptions around our solar system. On a visit to a legendary North American hot spot, Yellowstone National Park, the film asks: can a supervolcano erupt in our time? Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.
These shows are presented in partnership with Evans & Sutherland.

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Unseen Universe

Recommended Audience: general audience
For millions of years, our view of the heavens has been limited by our eyes, allowing us to only see a narrow band of electromagnetic radiation we call visible light. For the first time ever, in the greatest breakthrough since the invention of the telescope, we now have the technology to capture the Universe over an amazing width of the spectrum and beyond. We can even interlink telescopes around the world to capture data on a global scale.
Made in association with ESO and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Unseen Universe provides a stunning visual treat as we explore the latest splendors of the heavens with a stirring score performed by the Utah Film Orchestra.
These shows are presented in partnership with Evans & Sutherland.

The Weather

Recommended Audience: grades K - 2
The Weather is an interactive modular planetarium program covering the national science standards for weather.
Module One: Using the Senses to Observe Weather and Identifying Cloud Types
Module Two: Describing and Measuring the Weather
Module Three: Identifying the Basic Features of the Water Cycle
Available courtesy of Audio Visual Imagineering.

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Zula Patrol: Down to Earth

Recommended Audience: Grades K-5, familes
While on a routine fossil-hunting expedition, The Zula Patrol turns up evidence that the villainous Deliria Delight has been travelling back in time to Earth's prehistoric past to illegally dump her company's toxic trash. The Zula Patrollers must find and catch her. In the process, our heroes learn all about the formation and development of Earth, and the life forms who call it home.
These shows are presented in partnership with Evans & Sutherland.

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External Resources

Big Astronomy

Visit Big Astronomy's page for resources, lessons, handouts, and more!


Visit OhWOW's Educator Resources for fun science expirements and more.

NASA Solar System Exploration

National Geographic's Challenge: Asteroid Online Game for grades 3 through 10.

National Geographic's Mission Asteriod Online Game

Learn more about asteroids with this Asteroid Fun Facts and Activity from National Geographic and Sky-Skan.

NASA Solar System Exploration

Visit NASA's Solar System Exploration page for resources, lessons, handouts, and more!

NASA's Space Place

Visit NASA's Space Place for classroom activities and fun demos.


Visit Cosmoquest to learn about Citizen Science Projects, discover resources, lesson plans, and more!

Scale of the Universe

Click for an interactive visualization of the Scale of the Universe.