Ever heard of a VFT? It’s short for Virtual Field Trip, and they’re all the rage these days! These 45-60 minute programs cover a variety of topics, including local history, Kool-Aid, and science. They can be delivered from the Museum to your school, or directly to your students’ homes for at-home learning days. All programs meet Nebraska State Standards and are aligned with Hastings Public School’s Key Concepts and Essentials. Call to schedule your program today (402) 461-2399.


Habitat Detectives

Join us as we investigate plants, animals, habitats, and more! We will explore two different habitats using our animal dioramas, and conduct an experiment with “walking water” to discover how plant roots work. Our session will end with making a color wheel flower using primary and secondary colors.


Cosmic Questions

Book a live virtual session with our planetarium staff. Your class will be able to ask questions on various topics and gain a better understanding of the world around them. TOPICS:  Earth, Moon, and Sun Systems  |  Constellations  |  Solar System  |  Hubble Telescope  |  Mars &  Traveling to Mars  |  Stellar Evolution

Don’t see the topic you need? Just ask and we’ll try to assist you! This program is up to 30 minutes long. NOTE: Due to the equipment needed, the planetarium will not be used in your program.


Creating Kool-Aid

Kool-Aid has been around for almost 100 years, but how did this product come to be? Join us as we discover how Edwin Perkins, the inventor of Kool-Aid, used creative solutions to his problems and made his product go worldwide. Students will even get to show their artistic side by creating a Kool-Aid package for a brand new flavor.


Patterns in the Sky

Did you know there are 30 different constellations in the night sky in the Northern Hemisphere? This class will take a quick look at a few famous constellations and how they came to be. Students will discover what causes day and night, create their own constellations, and complete interactive demonstrations to help complicated space topics become easier to understand.


Hastings History

Join us as we travel back in time to learn about the early years in Hastings. Students will build a railroad track as they find out how trains shaped Adams County (and lead to a very bitter county seat debate), discover who Samuel Alexander was and what it was like to be an early homesteader, explore why a huge downtown fire changed how buildings were made, and so much more. We will end the class with fun Hastings trivia.


Soil Science

In this program, students will dig into the nitty gritty of soil. We will learn the difference between soil and dirt and look at the layers of soil horizons. Students will help identify different types of weathering, erosion, and deposition, and we will talk about how this process has shaped Nebraska landmarks.


Growing Kool-Aid

Edwin Perkins is most known for inventing Kool-Aid. Making Kool-Aid a worldwide product was not an easy task. This class will explore the various ways Edwin made his product grow by discovering what obstacles he had to overcome. We will also play a game to learn about brands, logos, and slogans, and investigate different advertisements.


Solar System Exploration

The Milky Way galaxy is about 100,000 light years across. Our solar system makes up less than 2 light years! In this class, students will travel to each planet in our solar system while making a scale model map as we go. They will learn out of this world facts and explore just how big a light year is!

Program Fees

Reservations are required for all programs – please contact the Museum at 402-461-2399.

Schools within Hastings city limits

The Virtual Field Trips (VFTs) listed above are FREE to schools within Hastings city limits.

Schools outside Hastings city limits

The Virtual Field Trips (VFTs) listed above are $25 per program for schools within Hastings city limits.

Schools outside Nebraska

The Virtual Field Trips (VFTs) listed above are $40 per program for schools outside Nebraska.