What is StarLab?
A portable, inflatable, planetarium system used to teach students a variety of concepts in astronomy and space science.
How it works
The StarLab will be transported to your school district where a trained presenter will set it up in a gymnasium or cafeteria and provide an instructional program for classes. StarLab is handicap accessible.
$200 for 99 students or less
$2 per student over 100 students
Themes and Topics
Flying Through Our Solar System
(Grade levels K-12)
Topics can include an introduction to common constellations, stars (including
the sun!), planets, our moon, and their individual motions. Students will grasp the ideas of how
the Earth rotates on an axis and
revolves around the sun. Engaging
videos are used to enhance learning, as well as interactive
demonstrations of seasons and day and night. Weather permitting, a unique telescope
will be available for groups to view actual sun spots! (60 minutes)
Constellations and Related Folklore
How did our solar system get its name? Why do we see the “pictures” we see in
the night sky? What are Star Stories? Groups will practice locating popular and
common constellations, while learning both the Greek and Native American
folklore behind each one! This is an excellent topic to pair with another
program. (45-60 minutes)
(Grade levels 1-12)
Topics can include the motions of the stars and moon. What motions create our
days and year? What exactly are an equinox and a solstice? Hands-on activities
are included. (45 minutes)
Students will have a better understanding of our lunar month, phases, and
exploration. Solar and Lunar Eclipses will be introduced during this session.
Groups will also participate in unique hands-on demonstrations! (45-60 minutes)
(Recommended grade levels 3-5)
Dive into an engaging explanation of "Follow the Drinking Gourd," a
coded song used by African-American slaves to reach Canada. Students will
learn how the North Star guided slaves to freedom. A trade book and video are