Videoconference Programs

Videoconference programs are science learning experiences that take you and your students on a virtual field trip to the Davis Mountains of west Texas. There are multiple ways to experience these programs:

PARTICIPATE IN AN UPCOMING PROGRAM

Students and teachers are invited to visit McDonald Observatory remotely from home or school for incredible educational experiences. Each program is 40 minutes long and requires a Zoom account for each connection. Thanks to support from Friends of the McDonald Observatory and the Meyer-Levy Charitable Foundation, these programs are available at no cost to participants.


 

ExciteSpace!
(for single groups and multiple schools)

 

ExciteSpace! Observe the Sun

 

K-12 students observe our Sun in real-time with a telescope, make their own drawings, and make STEM connections in astronomy.

Download Drawing Sheet and TEKS

Choose a program date and register online. Registrations accepted until 24 hours prior to any program.

March 24, 2021 (multiple schools)
10:00 am, 11:30 am, and 2:00 pm CDT

March 31, 2021 (multiple schools)
11:30 am and 2:00 pm CDT

April 9, 2021 (multiple schools)
11:00 am CDT

April 13, 2021 (multiple schools)
10:00 am and 1:00 pm CDT

April 21, 2021 (multiple schools)
11:00 am and 2:30 pm CDT


 

ExciteSpace! Meet Mr. McDonald

 

Come visit McDonald Observatory without leaving your home or classroom!  Learn about Mr. McDonald, who loved nature and science.  Learn about what happens here and how the astronomers use telescopes to study all kinds of things in the universe.  Students will be guided on a virtual tour of the 2.1-meter Otto Struve Telescope, and we will discuss together the things that make McDonald Observatory a great place to do Astronomy.

Download TEKS

Choose a program date and register online. Registrations accepted until 24 hours prior to any program.

March 31, 2021 (multiple schools)
10:00 am CDT

April 20, 2021 (multiple schools)
10:00 am and 11:00 am CDT

April 28, 2021 (multiple schools)
11:00 am and 2:30 pm CDT


 
ExciteSpace! Super Big Telescope Tour

 

Explore the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, a 10 meter telescope that uses 91 mirrors to research the universe! Follow the light path from the sky through creative engineering and into the instruments. Students will take a virtual tour of the HET, including images and videos, guided by a live educator.

Download TEKS

Choose a program date and register online. Registrations accepted until 24 hours prior to any program.

March 30, 2021 (multiple schools)
1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm CDT

April 7, 2021 (multiple schools)
1:00 pm and 2:00 pm CDT

April 27, 2021 (multiple schools)
2:00 pm CDT

April 28, 2021 (multiple schools)
1:30 pm CDT