EDUCATION, Stardome Observatory and Planetarium
Stardome will be temporarily closed from 5pm, 24 December 2022 for building work. We will reopen during 2023.
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 TO STARDOME
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.
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.
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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 astronomy activities, materials, and kits used by educators, families, and amateur astronomers.
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.