Astronomy Courses

The Oregon Observatory offers benchmark classes for school groups grade 3 through grade 8 on several topics. Each class takes between 2-2.5 hours and are available either on-site, or off-site. There is a maximum of 35 students per program, with 5 adult chaperones.

Space Exploration

Students will explore past, current and future space exploration projects. The topics change depending on what projects are currently being undertaken.

Class covers parts of:

Benchmarks for Earth in Space

Curriculum Goal for the Universe

Curriculum Goal for Science and Technology

 

 

 

Earth's Place in the Solar System

Our Earth plays a very interesting role in our solar system. This class focuses on Earth's relationship with the Sun and nearby planets. Students will learn about the Earth, the Moon, Venus, Mars, and their behavior in space. They will study our planet and others to evaluate day & yearly cycles, and take a look at how they relate to the seasons as well as our Sun. The class will use models and globes to help students gain a better understanding about our Solar System and other star systems!

Class covers parts of:

Benchmarks for Earth in Space

Curriculum Goal for the Universe

Unifying Concepts and Processes

 

Rocket Science 101

This class will construct and use model rockets to explore Newton's laws of gravity and the application of force. Students will have fun while learning firsthand how gravity affects us. The students will be able to keep the rockets they construct and launch.

Class covers parts of:

Benchmarks for Physical Science - Force

Curriculum Goal for Science and Technology

Benchmarks for Scientific Inquiry

 

 

Solar Observation

The Sun is the closest star that we can see, and the only one that we can see as more than a point of light. By understanding how our sun functions and changes, we can apply that information to the light of the stars we see at night to learn more about them. Students will view the sun through special solar telescopes that filter out much of the light from the Sun for safe observations.

Class covers parts of:

Benchmarks for Earth in Space

Curriculum Goal for Unifying Concepts and Processes

Additional Benchmarks for Grades 6-8

 

 

Reservations

Reservations are available months ahead of time, but should be made no later than 2 weeks prior to the date of your intended visit. If available, the date(s) of your visit will be reserved upon receipt of either a 50% deposit, a purchase order number, or credit card information. Contact us for more information or to make your reservation.

Location of Classes

Classes are offered either on-site at the Oregon Observatory or off-site at a location designated by you.

Fees for Educational Programs

The Space Exploration, Earth's Place in the Solar System, and Solar Observations classes are $140.00** for a group of up to 35 students and 5 adult chaperones. The Rocket Science 101 class is $16.00 per student, up to a maximum of 35 students and 5 adult chaperones.

Refunds and Cancellations

To receive a full refund, cancellations must be made 48 hours or more in advance of your visit. If a class is canceled due to weather, you may either reschedule or receive a full refund.

**All prices for classes include travel within a 30 mile radius of Sunriver if not held at the Oregon Observatory. Travel outside of the radius will be billed at 40.5¢ per mile plus travel time.