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Explore our ever-changing sky and learn to recognize differences in the day and night sky including changes in the appearance of the moon.
Major Concepts To Be Explored:
- Where do the stars go during the daytime?
- Why do other stars look dimmer than the sun when they are actually brighter?
- How does the Earth’s rotation cause day and night?
- How does the Earth’s rotation cause the sun and moon to rise and set?
- What are the different looks (or phases) of the moon?
Goals of the Program:
To provide an opportunity for students to experience the ever-changing day and night sky.
Students will be able to:
- Explain what happens to the stars during the daytime
- Understand apparent motion
- Conceptualize day and night
- Explain how the moon changes from day to day
- Identify at least three major constellations
- Understand why the stars and constellations change with the seasons
Methods and Activities:
- A brief introduction will familiarize students with the Starlab, including the concepts to be explored and behavioral expectations inside of the dome.
- A Discovery Place Outreach educator will lead students through a presentation on the solar system as well as a tour of the night sky.
- Students will examine the night sky in various forms and experience the seasonal changes in the night sky.
- Students will discover how Greek constellations were named and listen to Greek Mythology stories that accompany constellations.
Stars, Moon, Waning, Waxing, Phases, Sun, Planetarium, Portable, Inflatable, Constellation
- Approximate set-up and clean-up times 60 minutes before and after program.
- Teaching/presentation space must be accessible via wheeled cart.
- 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.
- For safety reasons teachers must accompany students into the StarLab - it is not the StarLab presenter's duty to manage student behavior. If students are not properly supervised or behave in a dangerous manner inside the dome, students will be asked to leave and the presentation will come to an end.
- Indoor area (usually a gym or multi-purpose room) with minimum clean floor area and ceiling height
Set-up Needs for Class Sizes Up to 30 Students:
- Minimum clear floor area of: 11’ in height and 21 ‘x 21’ in width
Set-up Needs for Class Sizes Up to 50 Students:
- Minimum clear floor area of: 16’ in height and 27 ‘x 27’ in width.
Call to Book704.372.6261 x300
- Pre K - Grade 2
- Duration: 50 minutes
$150 first class / $125 each additional class (same class, same day) large dome is an additional $25 per program
- 30 (SMALL DOME) OR 50 (LARGE DOME)
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