The Stardome education experience can be customised to suit your learning unit, please call our education team on 09 624 1246 to discuss how we can tailor your experience so your students reach their learning potential.

Stardome is proud to be a recognised LEOTC provider with an education programme driven by learning objectives and aligning with the New Zealand curriculum. 

School trips

A trip to Stardome aims to support your class plan and show your students fundamental principles of astronomy and how amazing space is! We want young people to ask the BIG questions – what else is out there? How far can we go? How did it all begin?

Depending on the year level, your students will enjoy a classroom session, time in the Space Gallery & Exhibits area, and a planetarium show in the 360-degree theatre. This immersive experience brings to life the concepts and ideas of astronomy and space exploration.

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Preschool experience

Curiosity about space starts young! Find out more about what’s included in a preschool trip to Stardome.

Primary and intermediate school experience

Suitable for years 1 – 8, a school trip to Stardome encourages curious minds and inspires exploration. 

Secondary school experience

Astronomy and space science are great science topics to engage with secondary students as they begin to select subjects that will lead them onto continued learning or a career path. 

Education resources

Is your class learning about astronomy? Check out our astronomy resources page for a few ideas to get you
started. And there's some useful links below for schools and projects.


A huge site with an incredible range of information! Access info on space exploration, the planets, people in space, and NASA's media releases. Explore NASA's STEM resources for educators and their Universe of Learning.

Astronomical Society of the Pacific

An international non-profit scientific and educational organisation, founded in 1889, that works to increase understanding and appreciation of astronomy. Take a look at their educational outreach programmes.

What's a light year? How do space telescopes work?  Answers to these questions and more, as well as image of the day on their science and astronomy page..