Digital Field Trips

School Matinees

Digital Field Trips

While we are unable to invite schools to the Paramount for student matinees this year, we can bring the Paramount to you! We are excited to offer five digital field trips for K-12 schools during the spring 2021 semester.

Our digital field trip experience includes:

  • Free, on-demand streaming access for all schools in Central Texas; available for viewing over several weeks or the entire semester.
  • TEKS connections!
  • Suggested chapter breaks so you can fit the video content into a schedule that works for your classroom.
  • Digital student Discovery Guides designed for each “field trip” filled with interactive and educational activities!
  • A brand-new virtual tour of the Paramount Theatre. Students and teachers will experience the Paramount like never before, getting up close to the ornate proscenium, our backstage autograph wall, the film booth, and more.


Thirst for Power

Best for 7th–12th Grade
Available asynchronously NOW through August 31, 2021
Documentary run time: 62 minutes

Water and energy are the two fundamental components of a society, and they are interconnected. Thirst for Power, shot on location across France, California, and Texas, explores the history of civilization’s quest to procure water and energy — from ancient Roman aqueducts in Europe to modern America’s vast hydroelectric infrastructure. The documentary combines anecdotes and personal stories with insights into the latest science of energy and water, and identifies a hopeful path toward wise long-range water-energy decisions and a more reliable and abundant future for humanity.

The Thirst for Power Digital Field Trip Experience includes access to the documentary film Thirst for Power and a pre-recorded question and answer panel discussion, featuring director Mat Hames, author Dr. Michael E. Webber with The University of Texas at Austin and ENGIE, Dr. Kelly T. Sanders, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California, film producer Juan Garcia from Disco Learning Media, and moderator Erin Hardick, Senior Researcher and Content Strategist at Zpryme.

TEKS Connections: STEM, Global Studies, Social Studies, Philanthropy, Film & Fine Arts




Building Hope

Best for 6th Grade
Available asynchronously NOW through May 31, 2021
Documentary run time: 38 minutes

We’re bringing back Building Hope for the sixth year in a row – as a digital field trip with all new interactive content! Building Hope is a documentary from the Nobelity Project that chronicles the construction of Mahiga Hope High, the first high school for a remote African community, and the connection between a thousand people in the U.S. and an African community working to create a better future for their children. To accompany the documentary, students will have access to a Q&A conversation between Austin middle schoolers and students in Kenya. Participants will experience global bridge-building as we explore the importance of education for all.

TEKS Connections: STEM, Global Studies, Social Studies, Philanthropy, Film & Fine Arts




When I Rise

Best for 9th–12th Grade
Available asynchronously NOW through May 31, 2021
Documentary run time: 73 minutes

In this documentary a gifted Black music student at the University of Texas is thrust into a civil-rights storm that changes her life forever. Barbara Smith Conrad is cast in an opera to co-star with a white male classmate, fueling a racist backlash from members of the Texas legislature. When Barbara is expelled from the cast, the incident escalates to national news, prompting unexpected support from a pop superstar. This small-town girl, whose voice and spirit stem from her roots in East Texas, emerges as an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano and headlines on stages around the world. When I Rise is a testament to finding forgiveness within oneself.

TEKS Connections: Social Studies, Social-Emotional Learning, Fine Arts




Bill Blagg’s Magic Science Lab

Best for 2nd–5th Grade
Available asynchronously NOW through May 31, 2021
Show run time: 35 minutes

Students join Bill Blagg inside The Magic Science Lab where they will explore how magicians use science to create the impossible! Through interactive videos, students will learn the “secret” 5 step process (The Scientific Method) magicians use to develop the illusions they perform. Together with Bill, they will use the “secret” 5 steps to make a person magically float mid-air! As a bonus, Bill teaches a science-based magic trick students can do at home or in class – how to make a pencil float in the palm of their hand!

TEKS Connections: STEM, Social-Emotional Learning, Fine Arts




The Snail and the Whale

Best for PreK–3rd Grade
Available asynchronously April 1 – April 30, 2021
Show run time: 55 minutes

From Tall Stories, the popular London based theatre company that last visited the Paramount in 2015 with Room on the Broom, comes a new adaptation of another popular Julia Donaldson / Axel Scheffler children’s book, The Snail and the Whale. Filmed in November 2020 specifically for a digital presentation, The Snail and the Whale tells the story of an unlikely friendship. Longing to see the world, the tiny sea snail hitches a lift on the tail of a great, grey-blue humpback whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, told through live cello music and singing, storytelling and lots of laughs… but when the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him?

TEKS Connections: Language Arts, STEM, Social Emotional Learning, Fine Arts