Evening for Educators: Space Exploration


November 13, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us for a FREE event exclusively for teachers and go out of this world with space exploration! Remember our first steps on the moon with the Apollo 11: First Steps IMAX film, then discover both the past and the future of space exploration with the special exhibitions Cowboys in Space and Fantastic Worlds and Beyond Planet Earth.

Event Details

Experience the Bullock Museum – the biggest classroom in Texas – through special exhibit tours and hands-on activities. Designed for teachers of all grade levels and subjects, this free event will connect teachers to classroom resources, teaching strategies, and local community organizations. Enjoy prize drawings, refreshments, the company of fellow teachers, and receive an SBEC-approved certificate of participation.

Come anytime from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, but you won’t want to miss these scheduled events:

5:15 pm-6:00 pm 

  • Grab a popcorn snack and enjoy a screening of Apollo 11: First Steps Edition.

6:00 pm-7:45 pm

  • Refreshments in the Grand Lobby
  • Try out hands-on activities and connect with local organizations about bringing this history and future of space exploration to life with your students.
    • Explore new ways mathematicians, engineers and physicists are using mathematical origami to invent new devices useful in medicine, space exploration, and beyond. Fold your own Spiral Array, Miura Fold or moveable Chomper with MathHappens

    • Get face to face with the stars with Austin ISD Science's mobile planetariums

    • Connect with STEM Scouts for hands-on, STEM activities

    • Hear from a NASA Solar System Ambassador and get up close with artifacts from some NASA missions.

  • Create your own Alien Alter Ego for the night.
  • Explore the museum's exhibits, Cowboys in Space and Fantastic Worlds and Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration.
  • Experience the Cowboys in Space exhibit through a special lens with a Curator Talk from the exhibit's curator.

7:45 pm 

  • Prize Drawing
  • Take time to have a second look, or explore a different area of the Museum exhibits until 8:00 pm.
Apollo 11 IMAX

Apollo 11: First Steps Edition is a thrilling cinematic experience of the real-life moments of humankind’s first steps on the moon, made exclusively for science centers and museums. With never-before-seen footage and a trove of newly discovered audio recordings, the film reconstructs the exhilarating final moments of preparation, liftoff, landing and return of this historic mission—one of humanity’s greatest achievements and the first to put men on the moon. Join Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, as well as the Mission Control team and millions of spectators, during those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

Apollo 11 Film Educator Guide

Use this download to accompany the film with activities in the classroom before or after your trip to the museum.

Cowboys in Space and Fantastic Worlds

Cowboys in Space and Fantastic Worlds celebrates the colorful history of science fiction westerns in popular culture. From Jules Verne's 1868 book, Trip to the Moon, Gene Autry's 1935 Phantom Empire,  Star Trek, Star Wars, and on to a galaxy full of contemporary science fiction, visitors discover how the cowboy went from herding cattle on the Texas plains to slinging ray guns on distant planets. This exhibit will immerse visitors in the history and fantastic, imaginative worlds of science fiction westerns.

Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration

The Beyond Planet Earth exhibit envisions upcoming missions to the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter, humanity’s next steps into our solar system and beyond. The history and science of space exploration will be on view in this immersive exhibition that features more than 20 artifacts, life-size models and dioramas, and videos and interactives allowing you to smell outer space, simulate a liquid mirror telescope, deflect asteroids in a digital kiosk, learn about terraforming, and even fly over the moon! Discover futuristic habitats, see NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, and encounter lifelike environments.

The event is free of charge, and parking is complimentary in the Museum’s garage. Please note there is construction on the roads around the building; check here for up to date route and parking information. Follow the signs to the parking garage entrance on 18th Street and Colorado.

Questions? Contact (512) 936-4604 or education@thestoryoftexas.com

Support for the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and education programs is provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation. School Programs are generously funded by Supporting Sponsors Joan and Bruce Blakemore, The Honorable Kent R. Hance, Frost Bank, The Marie M. and James H. Galloway Foundation, and The William Stamps Farish Fund; and Contributing Sponsors The Burdine Johnson Foundation and Carla and Brad Moran.