Mobile Planetarium Resource
The CESA #11 Mobile Planetarium is a portable planetarium system comprised of a light proof dome, a projector, and a planetarium consultant, who will present engaging space science content throughout the one-of-a-kind astronomy experience! This portable planetarium provides a night sky environment for studying the stars, constellations, the moon, planets, deep space objects, celestial coordinates, the seasons and multicultural folklore/mythology. These programs are perfect for grade level science presentations, science enrichment programs, school science nights, teacher workshops, youth groups, and special events.
SciMaTech consortium school districts: Please see your curriculum coordinator or other specified mobile planetarium contact in your district to have this resource come to your school.
Featured Recommendations from students:
The following websites, filled with enrichment activities, are sure to enhance the CESA #11 Mobile Planetarium experience!
(K-12): For the latest information on everything from the International Space Station, the Journey to Mars, and the Solar System and Beyond.
(K-8): NASA’s Space Place educates and entertains kids, parents, and teachers about space and Earth science and technology. Information and activities for educators looking for ways to engage students in learning about space, sun, earth, solar system, and people and technology.
(K-12): Several lesson plans related to space science for all grade levels.
(K-12): Website with links to several space science lesson plans and activities for students of all ages!
(K-12): Mini-lessons, DK Worksheets, printables, digital books, space/art connections, and language arts and social studies activities for space science can all be found here.
(6-12): A collection of tutorials and videos created by the Khan Academy. Scale of the universe, stars, black holes, galaxies, life on Earth and in the universe.
(4-10): Using toilet paper, students will investigate the concepts of relative size and distance by creating a basic model of our solar system.
(K-12): The StarDate.org website has a collection of astronomy activities for grades 9-12. Build a spectroscope, take a planet tour, star color, super gelatin and more.
(K-12): With this interactive meteor impact map, students can explore fifty of the most obvious impact craters. This is a great resource to incorporate into a lesson plan.
(8-12): In 2007 Mulberry School for Girls, London, won the runner-up award in the Rolls-Royce Science Prize with a project called the Universe Gallery. The team’s aim was to bring science to the heart of the school by producing a timeline of the history of the Universe down the length of a corridor.
(mainly K-5): Great visual and hands-on ideas for bring space science to the classroom!