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Science on a Sphere

A class presentation with Science on a Sphere. 

Science on a Sphere (SOS) is a display system that uses computers and projectors to display images and other data onto a large sphere, similar to a giant animated globe.

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Sun, Earth, and Moon


The Sun, Earth, and Moon are spherical objects with vastly different traits. By exploring each celestial body, students will learn the properties of the Sun, Earth, Moon system. This includes the rotations and orbits that produce the day/night cycle and cause the movement of the stars across the night sky. (Download educator guide here.)

Solar System 

3rd and 6th

Students will explore both the Sun and the planets of our solar system using amazing 3D spherical models. These high-resolution models include images of solar flares, planetary atmospheres and surfaces, as well as the actual surface of Pluto for the very first time!

Earth’s Changing Surface


Earth’s shifting land masses impact the geography of Earth in a variety of ways. Students will view recent earthquakes recorded around the globe and learn their causes and effects. We will also take a global look of the positions and shapes of continents over the last 250 million years!

Technology in the Solar System


Our understanding of the solar system is the result of decades of exploration by robotic explorers. Many of these spacecraft are still out there making new discoveries, while others are currently speeding towards their destinations. Students will learn about several of these spacecraft and what technologies they use to explore the planets.

Destination Mars


For decades Mars has captured our imaginations. As our understanding of Mars has grown, “follow the water” has shaped NASA’s strategy in exploring the red planet. Students will learn about the fleet of robotic explorers currently there and some of the exciting discoveries they have made!

Exploring Climate Change


What is climate? This program focuses on what climate is, as well as on what factors affect regional climate. These factors include latitude, prevailing wind, elevation, proximity to water, and ocean currents. 

Exploring Climate Change (Advanced)


This presentation focuses on our ability to observe and study Earth’s changing climate. It also looks at the challenges we face in creating scientific models with the ability to predict the long-term effects of these changes.

Earth’s Changing Surface


This lesson explores plate tectonics and geological changes. Students will learn how convergent and divergent boundaries are linked with these changes and the natural processes that result from them, such as volcanoes and earthquakes.