Student Programs

We are renovating Student Field Experiences at McDonald Observatory. Requests for programs for the 2019-2020 school year will be accepted beginning August 19, 2019.

Inspire your students with a "virtual" or an on-site McDonald Observatory field trip!

Videoconference Programs

Astro day 2006During the "Live From McDonald Observatory" videoconference program, students connect with the UT McDonald Observatory and participate in activities, virtual tours, live telescope observations, and more. Our "Live From McDonald Observatory" Videoconference Programs connect McDonald Observatory educators directly to your classroom to excite students about science and technology. Students experience a virtual tour of McDonald Observatory telescopes, observe the Sun, Moon, or Venus live with videoconference telescopes, complete a hands-on activity, and more.

All programs reinforce and complement Texas and National Science Education Standards. Our videoconference programs encourage teachers to co-facilitate students’ learning experience during the videoconference.

Get details on this program and request a program. 

On-Site Student Experiences

Our K-12 Student Field Experiences immerse your students in an authentic science environment. The Frank N. Bash Visitors Center at McDonald Observatory features a full classroom, 90-seat theater, an astronomy park with telescopes, and Exhibit Hall.

Student field experienceDuring the Student Field Experience program, students are immersed in a scientific research environment while visiting the University of Texas McDonald Observatory. All programs reinforce and complement Texas state and National Science Education Standards. Groups of 30 or fewer students are eligible to participate in a hands-on, inquiry based activity. All school groups are responsible for their own transportation needs while at McDonald Observatory.

Get details on this program and request a program.