HR MacMillan Space Centre

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Use our programming to help your students explore some of the big questions about our universe. Choose from a number of programs to meet your students' needs and interests.

Planetarium shows (45 min)

Cosmology 101; How did it all begin? What is the Big Bang Theory and what does this theory suggest about an end to our universe? Are there universes other than the one we live in? How do scientists even attempt to answer these mind-blowing questions? We’ll talk about some of the biggest questions about the universe and leave your students with even more questions to explore.

Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter: Discover more about the dark matter, from the Big Bang, to the theorizing of its existence, to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider and the role of scientists associated with Vancouver-based TRIUMF in current scientific break-throughs.

Stars: See stars like you’ve never seen them before. We will take you on a visually stunning journey through the life of a star, from its birth in a stellar nursery to the majestic pulse of a neutron star. 

Feature planetarium show: Check our feature show to see how it can support your student’s learning. (Note: feature shows are screened for approximately 6 months.)

GroundStation Canada Shows (20 min)

Planet Hunters; Discover more about planet hunting techniques astronomers use and their quest to find signs of life in the universe.

Planet Hunters: Discover more about planet hunting techniques astronomers use and their quest to find signs of life in the Universe.

Cosmic Glue: Hold onto your seats! We'll discuss Newton's and Einstein's perspectives on gravity and how astronomers use gravity to study the universe.

Cosmic Courtyard Exhibit (30 min)

Visit our space-themed, hands-on exhibit. Students can morph into an alien, touch a Moon rock or event try to lift a meteorite.

What would it take to get back to the Moon and should we go?

Use our programming to help your students explore this question and others as they discover more about the Moon, its patterns and human’s fascination with it. Choose from a number of programs to meet your students' needs and interests.

Planetarium show (45 min)

Stories in the Stars: Constellations are more than just connect-the-dot shapes - they reveal stories told over centuries that connect us to the cultures that created them. While many familiar stories come from Greek and Roman mythology, almost every culture told stories. In this live show, our educators will weave you through time and place and through stories in the stars.

Hands-on workshop (90 min)

Constellation Storytelling: Create your own myth and constellation story. In this interactive workshop, students will learn how to apply their knowledge.

Cosmic Courtyard gallery (30 min)

Visit our space-themed, hands-on gallery. Students can morph into an alien, touch a Moon rock or event try to lift a meteorite.

Why are rocks important in your life?

Use our programming to help your students explore this question and others as they discover more about rock types, how they change through the rock cycle, and why they are important in our lives. Choose from a number of programs to meet your students' needs and interests.

Planetarium show (45 min)

A Rock's Life: Join us for a virtual field trip to explore some of the unique geological features in our own backyard. We travel from Squamish to the Fraser River delta to illustrate what the rock cycle is and why it matters in your life. We will also explore how an understanding of Earth’s geology can take your learning out of this world.

GroundStation Canada show (20 min)

Think like a Geologist: How does a geologist know what they're looking at? How do they test the physical properties of rocks and minerals to help identify them? Students will learn how geologists apply the scientific method to identify rock samples and how that applies to their work.

Rocket Lab: What goes up doesn't necessarily come down. How do rockets get up there in the first place? Students participate in this live demonstration of the basic principles of Newton's Laws of Motion and its use in rocketry.

Hands-on workshop (60 min)

Mining Quest: Using their understanding of the rock cycle and the thought processes geologists use in the field, students will look for clues to locate a potential source for Canadian diamonds.

Space Launch Challenge: What do scientists and engineers do to make their ideas a reality? They use their knowledge of scientific concepts and rigorous experimentation. In this workshop, students will apply basic concepts of physics to design, prototype and launch a simple rocket.
NOTE: Students will work together in groups of three and each group is required to supply their own 2-litre plastic pop bottles.

Cosmic Courtyard gallery (30 min)

Visit our space-themed, hands-on gallery. Students can morph into an alien, touch a Moon rock or event try to lift a meteorite.

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