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FIELD TRIPS : What's On

Magazine article Teach

FIELD TRIPS : What's On

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Welcome to Field Trips: What's On, where we share with you ways to take learning outside the classroom. In every issue, we promote ideas for possible field trips centred around one classroom subject. You can plan your next field trip based on our suggestions or use them as a basis for similar adventures. The places chosen however, are not personally reviewed or endorsed by TEACH Magazine, they represent options for your class field trips.

This issue's feature subject is Astronomy. Students will experience an "out of this world" adventure while visiting places dedicated to the study of the universe. Students can look through some of the world's most powerful telescopes, examine the Solar System, or go beyond our own galaxy on a guided field trip to places like a planetarium or the astronomy department of a science and technology institute.

FIELD TRIPS:

Montreal Planetarium - Montreal, Quebec

The Montreal Planetarium exposes the general public to the natural sciences and nature for the purpose of teaching people about astronomy, in particular. It helps to make people aware of the importance of protecting our natural heritage and of the relationships between humans and the environment.

Some of the programs:

Draco the Celestial Dragon (Preschool and Elementary Cycle One)

While playing with his friend, the Great Bear, Draco, the celestial dragon, realizes that he has lost his treasure! When he can't find it, Queen Cassiopeia suggests they ask the young authence members to help. They head off on a whirlwind tour of the major constellations, all the way to the skies of the Southern Hemisphere. Will Draco find what he's looking for?

Program length: 45 minutes

Availability: September 8, 2009 until the end of the school year

Times: 10:00am and 11:15am (Tuesday to Friday)

Telescope: Passport to the Stars (Elementary Cycle 3 and Secondary)

Since Galileo first used a telescope in 1609, these instruments have revealed incredible discoveries, allowing us to explore the Universe, our neighbouring planets and the most distant galaxies. Telescope: Passport to the Stars is a celebration of the beauties of the Universe and of human ingenuity, and a wonderful way to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy.

Program length: 45 minutes

Availability: September 8, 2009 to December 18, 2009 and January 28, 2010 to May 7, 2010

Times: show times will vary during the year

10am and 11:15am (Tuesday to Friday), 2:30pm (Tuesday to Friday)

ALMA: In Search of Our Cosmic Origins (Secondary 1 to 5)

The Atacama Large Millimeter Array, being built at an altitude of 5,000 metres in northern Chile, will be the world's most powerful radio-telescope. …

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