StarLab Program Suggestions

Kindergarten: Introduction to STARLAB (30 min)
Children become acquainted with the star dome. They learn how the sun and stars move during one complete day and night and how the stars seem to circle the North Star.

Grades 1 – 2: Day – Night Sky (40 min)
Follow the sun’s apparent path across the sky for one day. How is the sun's path different for different seasons? Follow star paths for one night. Learn how to find the North Star, the Dippers, Cassiopeia and some of the seasonal constellations. Locate the moon and planets.

Grades 3-5: Sky Tonight (40 min)
Learn how to identify the circumpolar and most of the seasonal constellations. Learn how stars appear to move differently at the North Pole and Equator. Demonstrate the cause of the four moon phases and what the moon looks like close-up. Locate the planets and learn what they look like. Find out about meteors.

Grades 6–8: Milky Way Galaxy Tour (40 Min)
Identify circumpolar and seasonal constellations, and the Milky Way. Locate star clusters and nebulae. Learn about the birth, life and death of stars. Learn how we determine where we are in our Milky Way Galaxy.

High School: Universe Tour (45 min)
Locate the celestial pole and equator, ecliptic, meridian and zenith. Identify constellations. Understand how the stars appear to move in our sky and how these stars form our galaxy. Learn how our galaxy fits into the universe and how our universe may have formed, creating what we see today.