Our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 interactive shows allow children to explore the Solar System and then to take part in a competitive quiz about the planets and moons that they have just seen. The theatre show is followed up with workshops which are tailored to the ability level of the children. These involve discussion and problem solving, and simple tasks that can be carried out relating to the workshop topics. So, for example we have tasks which task children to safely land an “Eggstronaut” from a great height; to make and discuss their own impact craters; and to inspect the properties of asteroids and meteorites.
Key Stage 1: Years 3 & 4
During their Planetarium visit, Year 3 and 4 primary school pupils take part in an interactive Solar System show. The show includes a visual explanation of how the Moon's appearance changes in the sky as it waxes and wanes. After the show, the children then take part in a workshop which tells them all about the planet Mars and then asks them to design their own Martian Mission Patch. Other workshops include Rocks from Space, where they are shown how the Moon became covered in craters and get to make some craters of their own.
Key Stage 2: Years 5, 6 and 7
Key Stage 2 pupils will take part in an interactive show which explores the Solar System and then take part in a workshop which asks them to design a landing system which will allow
a safe descent for an “Eggstronaut”. They can also explore
the Exhibition Areas where there are detailed images of the
planets of the Solar System and models of robotic spacecraft and other space vehicles which collect the latest scientific data from space.
They can see and touch a large 140 kg nickel iron meteorite from Campo del Cielo in Argentina. This iron meteorite probably hit the Earth around 4000 years ago. This is the largest meteorite on display in Ireland. Pupils will be invited to hold smaller meteorites and to discuss how they formed and what might happen if a meteoroid was on a collision course with the Earth. They can try making their own impact craters and learn how a huge asteroid struck the Earth 65 million years ago, ending the reign of the dinosaurs.
Our workshops are designed to make the children think about the consequences of celestial events, like an asteroid impact. These topics can be explored more fully back in the
classroom, and teachers will be able to emphasise the cross- curricular nature of such an investigation.
More information on a typical school visit and prices.