A view of the clouds outside of the STEM Education Center

Welcome to the STEM Education Center

Are you affiliated with a school or community group interested in learning more about Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the STEM Educational Center, and the Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium? Welcome to the STEM Education Center's Frequently Asked Questions page, where we'll address many common questions, concerns, and logistics behind scheduling your very own in-depth campus tour. 

Scheduling a Tour

To schedule your own tour, follow the steps outlined below: 

  1. Review the questions and answers listed below.
  2. Fill out and submit the Online Event Request Form
  3. Await further instructions from a STEM Education Center representative. 

If you are interested in having your next event hosted at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott campus, then visit our Conferences & Retreats page for more information.

We look forward to seeing you on campus! 

STEM Tour Activities

Yes, when you schedule your tour, you will have the option of selecting a planetarium show of your choice. Special requests for shows not listed below may be considered if requested in advance. 

A few of the planetarium shows available to tour groups are as follows:

Planetarium Introduction - 6.5 mins. (Developed in-house): Demonstrates the capabilities of the planetarium; see the night sky, fly through the stars, and more!

Tour of the Solar System - 30 mins.: Show explores the solar system and has been designed for school groups, but can be adapted to different age groups.

46.5 Billion Light Years - 15 mins. (Developed in-house): Start at the Earth and zoom out to see how big the cosmos really are! Fly to the edge of our visible knowledge of the known universe.

The Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium also offers specially curated full-dome planetarium shows open to the public year-round. For more information on the facility, the shows, and showtimes, visit the Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium page. 

Campus tours involve a walking tour of the main campus. Tours will be given by our staff, student employees, and/or volunteers. A full campus tour takes roughly one hour to complete, but can be customized depending on the needs and interests of your group. Requests for customized tours must be made at least 60 days in advance.

Campus tours are conducted by one of our staff members, and may include information such as:

  • The History of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • What makes Embry-Riddle unique
  • What ERAU offers to students, and to the community
  • The Degrees and Programs available at Embry-Riddle's Prescott campus
  • What Community Engagement opportunities are available at Embry-Riddle
Yes. You may choose to have a meal on campus, either at the dining hall, or provided by catering. The Requesting Organization is to bear the costs of dining at Embry-Riddle. Special arrangements will have to be made in advance for large groups. If you choose to have a meal on campus, we will put you in touch with our campus dining services to coordinate.
Tours of Embry-Riddle's Flight Line are optional and scheduled only by special request. Tours of the ERAU Flight Line are 45 minutes to an hour long, and are limited to groups of not more than 25 people at maximum. Groups larger than this cannot be accommodated. Flight line tours must be requested at least two months prior to the scheduled visit.
No. The Requesting Organization is responsible for their own transportation to the ERAU Flight Line.
Provided that all weather and safety concerns are met, and that aircraft and/or flight simulators are available during the tour, yes. All group members must follow all safety rules and directions of Flight Line staff and ERAU tour guides at all times.

STEM Tour Requests, Rules, and Guidelines

All requests must be made at least two months prior to the date of the requested event. Any request after the 60 day period will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
No. The Requesting Organization is responsible for transportation to and from Embry-Riddle. This includes the trip to and from Embry-Riddle's Flight Line, if a tour of the Flight Line is requested. Please inform us of your planned mode of transportation (bus/van/exact number of cars) at least two weeks before the event. This will allow us to arrange for parking spaces (if necessary). Parking on Embry-Riddle's campus without a special arrangement or an issued Embry-Riddle permit could result in a fine. Organizations should plan adequate travel time to and from the Embry-Riddle campus.

Possibly, depending on when your tour is scheduled. Embry-Riddle is an active learning environment. As such, visitors are expected to be respectful of the classroom environments you will be engaging with while on campus. All students, employees, and volunteers at Embry-Riddle must be treated respectfully.

Demonstrations or activities coordinated by Embry-Riddle staff may have costs associated with them. Requesting organizations will be required to cover those costs as appropriate. For more information, contact STEM Center Director Andy Fraher

Tour groups must provide an adequate number of adult chaperones in order to provide safe, legal, and effective oversight of minors. The standards are as follows:

  • One authorized adult for every five minors ages 4 and 5
  • One authorized adult for every six minors ages 6 to 8
  • One authorized adult for every eight minors ages 9 to 14
  • One authorized adult for every ten minors ages 15 to 18

Tour groups will be responsible for all its operations and personnel. All activities must be supervised under competent adult supervision.