School Shows


The Andromeda GalaxyLive online school programs!

We are now booking reservations for live ONLINE school programs for Winter/Spring 2023.  We charge a flat $100.00 fee for these programs, check to be mailed in advance, with a recommended maximum of 40 students per session.  A second, followup Q&A/discussion session of up to 40 minutes is included in the fee, at the discretion of the educators requesting the program. Timing can be later the same day, or on a following day - we recommend not waiting more than a day or two. Please review details below and e-mail Jim to schedule and discuss content.

Live school programs in the on-campus planetarium are suspended until further notice 

Details: Booking reservations for winter/spring 2023 programs.

The online shows — without the immersive environment of the planetarium theater — will be different. Our early efforts showed us that we need to keep these programs tightly focused and shorter than the typical 90-minute programs we presented to groups of 3rd grade students and above in the past. About 25 to 30 minutes for the basic program, plus another 15 to 20 minutes for Q&A, seems to work well for these students, with potentially shorter programs for students in earlier grades.

Teachers know their classes, so we need teachers to be active partners in these programs, monitoring their students. Parents are welcome to sit in, but we ask that voice participation be from students and teachers only, except in special cases.

We will have a basic set of programs available to cover subjects in the relevant grade-level standards. The programs include topics such as Earth's place in the solar system, constellations, gravity, seasons, forces and interactions, matter and energy, etc.

One thing that is enjoyable is the ability to truly tailor these programs to the needs of individual educators. Feel free to contact me at the e-mail below to request a reservation or to discuss programming options and ideas. With our briefer programs, we are happy to focus on the particular areas of study your students are currently covering. We also enjoy lively Q&A and "connecting dots," with the educators deciding when to rein us in! 

Please have a range of preferred dates and days of week in mind, as well as approximate start times, and let us know when you e-mail your requests.  Please do NOT attempt to make requests via telephone - emails help avoid scheduling errors. Once we book your date, your check should be mailed ASAP to:

Santa Monica College, Attention: Vinnessa Cook, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 99405. 

Your check needs to be in hand at SMC PRIOR to the show date., or programs cannot be given.

Jim Mahon
Senior Lecturer