The Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center is one of the most educational and exciting field trip experiences available. It is a journey of discovery and exploration, where outstanding programs and activities will open children’s eyes, ears, minds, and hearts.

2017-18 Registration Basically Full

Days available for 2 groups: May 8th, 23rd, 30th   –   Day available for 1 group: Feb 12th.

Payments for field trips will be processed in September for those scheduled in 2017 and then in December for those attending in 2018.  Please have your billing information up to date in our system by that time so that it can be processed.  Inform your secretaries and pass on all receipts promptly.

Field Trip at the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center

2 GROUPS MAY ATTEND EACH DAY – Maximum of 80 students! (15-40 students per group)

Field trip summary: 9:30-1:30 – Interactive science presentation, starlab inflatable planetarium, and nearly two hours in our simulators included.

1   Number of Participants

Field Trip 1 Group/Class

10-15 students $100 (1 Simulator)
15-25 students $140 (2 Simulators)
22-32 students $160 (3 Simulators)
27-40 students $200 (4 Simulators)
**Average cost per student is around $5.60**Planetarium

Field Trip 2 Groups/Classes

20-30 students $200 (2 Groups with 1 Simulator)
30-50 students $280 (2 Groups with 2 simulators)
44-64 students $320 (2 Groups with 3 simulators)
54-80 students $400 (2 Groups with 4 simulators)

Individual planetarium shows or custom bookings are available by contacting us by phone or email.  You may also browse through our Group Missions for more after school options.


All field trips are processed through our online registration.

Contact us at [email protected] or 801-785-8713 for assistance.

*NOTE: If you leave a message on our answering machine, please include a phone number at which you can be reached after school hours. Sometimes we are unable to call you during school hours. Thank you!*

3 Prepare for Launch

Before attending the Space Center there are some important steps to making the most of your visit.  Please visit our TEACHER RESOURCES PAGE to get  started. Underprepared classes miss out on many of the benefits of the program because of lost time and missing content connections.  See you soon!

If changes need to be made to your reservation please contact us as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I split my class for the Field Trip?

Example: 63 students in two 6th grade classes. Try to think of how you could most evenly split your class. The best option is to have 32 students go to one group and 31 go into the second group. Both take place simultaneously since one group will be in the simulators while the other group experiences the science presentation and Starlab.

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What to do before your field trip:

  1. Schedule a bus & Order Lunches for students (Bring them in boxes please)
  2. Select your Mission & Presentation (Not sure which to choose?  Check out our Mission Overviews)
  3. Complete any required lesson materials prior to attendance (Cold Hearted requires additional lessons before attending)
  4. Assign every student to a position in the simulator: Crew Positions Form
  5. Print out a Boarding Pass for each student (Optional Small Boarding Pass)
  6. Watch and discuss Mission Briefing with your class.  Review mission objectives and make connections to content
    covered in your class.  Classes that take time to discuss the mission perform substantially better than those that don’t.
    Some teachers have provided the direct video link so their students can review the briefing at home.

Educational Advantages

Simulations have been shown to increase students’ understanding of history and social evolution. Our simulated missions allow children to travel to distant destinations in the galaxy to experience oceans, planets, nebulae, stars, black holes, and galaxies. Children encounter fictional races and life forms in very realistic interactive dramas. Each child has his/her own position on the bridge of the ship. The children step into an exciting and entertaining science fiction adventure as they use their talents and skills in dealing with historical, social and political conflict. These conflicts are taken from Earth’s history and set into the distance future on other planets to provide the settings and plots for the missions.

Public Planetarium Presentations (Currently Unavailable)  Schedule Planetarium Show

Bring up to 25 participants (including leaders) to participate in a planetarium show and lesson for 60 minutes.  The visit only covers a small portion of scouting requirements.  The presentation generally includes:
  • Common constellations and how to locate them in the night sky.
  • Planets of our solar system.
  • Mythology and other stories about the stars.
  • Messier objects such as nebulas, galaxies, and globular clusters.
Our staff don’t know everything but will be happy to answer questions about phases of the moon, blackholes, properties of light, and other related questions.  All participants should be age 5 or older.