The Mobile Planetarium Experience
The STEM Challenge
The Australian Government is funding science, technology,
engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in schools, so young
people are equipped with skills for the future.
But how do you develop a sense of wonder in children so they become
open to the innovative new worlds of STEM subjects?
Topics such as the stars, space travel and extreme weather have always been of
fascination to children, so STARLAB Victoria's Mobile Dome Experience can help
young Australians engage with the world of science enjoyably and economically.
We travel to schools in city and country Victoria, with programs
covering a full range of Australian curriculum science topics,
tailored to primary or secondary levels in two formats: Starlab Lessons and
Cosmodome Movies. All programs are presented within our portable planetariums (pictured below).
Starlab Lessons Presenter-led
astronomy sessions for students from Preps to Year 10. Topics covered include
Night & Day, the Solar System, Spin, Tilt, The Seasons, The Moon, Eclipses
and Tides, Life and Exploration in Space. Curriculum programs such as Weather,
Natural Disasters, and Climate Change have also been added. We now offer two
streams: Space and Earth.
Cosmodome Movies Fulldome movies of your
choice, such as Solar System Tour, Black Holes, Aboriginal Astronomy, followed
by a fascinating look at the night sky with the Stellarium Program, covering
Stars, Planets, Real Time Movement, Constellations and Mythology. These also
come in two streams: Science and Holiday programs. (Fulldome means the movies are
projected above and all around the students.)
Benefits of the Dome Experience
Our inflatable planetarium domes are able to seat 30 (standard dome) to 60 (giant
dome) students per session. They are safe and enjoyable, and help schools
avoid the transport costs, fuss and expense of excursions,
providing school incursions instead.
Since 1994, STARLAB Victoria has presented to approximately
750,000 children in our portable domes throughout country and city Victoria.
(Were you looking for Starlab services in Queensland? In that case,
click here for starlab.net.au - Starlab Education.)