A planetarium at your school
In an inflatable planetarium, discover, in real time and motion, the characteristics of the planets, the phases of the moon and the relative distances between various celestial bodies (in light years).
This ready to go astronomy workshop, given in an inflatable planetarium and led by a qualified teacher, takes you on a journey through the universe.
This workshop is for all levels and is consistent with the objectives of the school curriculum.
After ASTER's visit, you will have ideas for activities, a bibliography and internet links to help further exploration of the concepts in class.
Discover galaxies, the solar system, constellations, extrasolar planets and much more! Who has never been intrigued by what is happening in our night sky? This is an exciting way to develop not only students' interest but also their skills in science and technology.
Capacity: 30 students per period (5 periods a day)
Duration of workshop: 30 – 75 minutes (depending on your school schedule and the level of the students)
Area: 8m X 7m (diameter 24 feet), height 3.2m (12 feet)
The Earth and Space
|EARTH AND SPACE|
|1 : Notions of astronomy|
Defines gravitation as a force of mutual attraction between bodies
|Describes the tides in terms of the gravitational effect of the Earth-Moon system|
|2 : Solar system|
|Compares some of the characteristics of the planets in our solar system (e.g. distances, relative sizes, composition)|
|Explains the alternation of day and night in terms of the Earth's rotation|
|Explains the phases of the lunar cycle and the evolution of a lunar or solar eclipse|
|3 : Seasons|
|Explains the phenomenon of seasons in terms of the position of the Earth with respect to the Sun (tilt, revolution)|
|4 : Other phenomena|
|Locates the geographic regions where the aurora borealis occurs (polar regions)|
|5 : The Universe|
|Defines a light year as a unit of length corresponding to the distance travelled by light in one Earth year|
|Compares the relative distances between different celestial bodies (e.g. stars, nebulae, galaxies)|
|Describes conditions conducive to the development or maintenance of life (e.g. presence of a gaseous atmosphere, water, energy source)*|