Student Programs

Inspire your students with a "virtual McDonald Observatory field trip" 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 for programs designed to excite students about science and technology. Students are engaged in activities such as taking a virtual tour of McDonald Observatory telescopes, observing the Sun, the Moon, or Venus live with videoconference telescopes, completing a hands-on activity, and more.

All programs reinforce and complement Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, and the National Science Education Standards. Our videoconference programs encourage science teachers to co-facilitate students’ learning experience during the videoconference.

Get details on this program and instructions on how to request a program. 

On-Site Student Experiences

Our K-12 Student Field Experience programs are designed to immerse your students in a science environment. The Frank N. Bash Visitors Center at McDonald Observatory features a full classroom, 90-seat theater, an astronomy park with telescopes, and the Decoding Starlight 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 Essential Knowledge and Skills, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, and the National Science Education Standards. Science teachers are encouraged to co-facilitate students’ learning experience at McDonald Observatory. 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 instructions on how to request a program.