Workshop: Astronomy Adventures

Learn about stars, planets and other celestial objects during this astronomical workshop, all while experiencing the excitement of the Starlab inflatable plaentarium.

Major Concepts To Be Explored:

  • The basic concepts of astronomy
  • How to make their own star finder
  • The characteristics and life cycles of stars
  • Identification of key points of reference in the night sky
  • The seasonal skies

Essential Standards:

3.E.1.1, 3.E.1.2, 4.P.3.2, 4.E.1.1, 4.E.1.2, 6.E.1.1, 6.E.1.2, 6.E.1.3

Goals of the Workshop:

Participants will be introduced to the basic concepts of astronomy through a mix of exciting demonstrations, student-centered, inquiry based activities and the portable, inflatable planetarium

Workshop Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Communicate by sharing thoughts, questions, ideas, and solutions
  • Collaborate by working together to reach a goal – putting talent, expertise, and smarts to work
  • Think critically by looking at problems in a new way and linking learning across subjects and disciplines 
  • Create, innovate, and invent by trying new approaches when presented with a challenge

Methods and Activities:

  • A Discovery Place educator will use the planetarium to guide participants through the night sky.
  • Participants will make their own star finder to help them find objects in the night sky.

Key Vocabulary:

Solar System, Constellations, Planet, Dwarf Planet, Orbit, Rotation, Planetarium, Exoplanets, Black hole

Set-up Needs:

  • Teaching/presentation space must be accessible via wheeled cart.
  • Approximate set-up and clean-up times: 60 minutes before and after program
  • Program will need to remain set up in one location and secured from students for the entire day if multiple programs are booked.
  • Access to electricity.
  • Indoor area (usually a gym or multi-purpose room) with minimum floor area of 21 feet x 21 feet and ceiling height 11 feet.
  • A separate or nearby classroom space with tables and chairs for students.

Call to Book

704.372.6261 x300
  • Grades 3 - 8
  • Duration: 6 one-hour sessions
  • Call for Pricing
  • Maximum 25 students