Planetarium Educational Programming Survey

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6) If you do offer specific school programs, what is the nature of programs (topics, lengths) for your school groups?
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The moon - 30 minutes
Weather - 30 minutes
Solar System - 30 minutes
Reason for the Seasons - 60 minutes
Life Cycle of a Star - 60 minutes
All the programs are listed at
Learning along the curriculum for each grade. 45 to 60 min.
Astronomy shows - working in with the Australian Curriculum.
Topics include: Day & Night, Moon Phases, Seasons, Planets
45 minutes of conference.
Topics: sun, moon and planets motions; orientation; main stars and constellations (with stories and myths about them); zodiac and ecliptic; light pollution; animation of the galaxy and its structure
Basical astronomy knowledge, mithology, constellations history.
1 hour / 1 hour and half
Our Universe- 45 mins
IN THE MAZE OF STARS AND PLANETS ............ 40 mins
astronomy bases
70 minutes (average total length) divided into 2 parts:
- first part: a live lesson held by an astronomer
- second part: fulldome video

On request we offer an extra activity (60 minutes total length):
- first part: power point explanation held by an astronomer
-second part: observation of the sun (or the night sky) using telescopes
The Planetarium Palermo offers specific programs and lectures dedicated to all matters astronomical, the solar system, the galaxies, the motions of the Earth, and even guided tours of the museum and astronomical observations. scientific laboratories for the construction of exhibits and astronomical instruments.
Solar system (50 minutes)
Seasonal sky (45 minutes)
Main astronomy discoveries from 1610 (70 minutes)
and many others!
the motions of the Earth and the Moon

Formation and evolution of the solar system

The Sun and the planets

Famous stars and constellations



Hints of cosmology

Stellar Evolution

Eclipse simulation

Supernova simulation

Galaxy simulation

Specific topics requested by teachers and children's questions

Standard lesson duration: 1 hour and a half
On request, you can make the telescope observation of the Sun or the night sky
Solar system, earth, sky, stars and universe at various levels.
Solar system, planets, stars and universe
Typical lenght: 90 minutes (with live narration, film and possible workshop)
we follow the POS for each grade level
1-1.5 hours
The shows are generally about 40 to 45 minutes,

8 Minutes showing Loosing the Dark show and introducing audience to light pollution.
15 Minutes explaining constellations and sky movements
15 Minutes flying trough Planets and moons of the solar system
All astronomy topics are covered, from day/night cycle, moon phases, seasons, exoplanets, basic shapes in the sky, to Greek mythology. Our typical programs are two hours in length; one hour to one hour 15 minutes for the younger students (Grades Pre-K, K, and 1).
constellatiions, ....
(Additional test survey to see question 11)
Yes, programs are designed specifically for different age ranges of children to support Texas state curriculum (TEKS). Live programs are available for each age group and these book the most.

For the most popular program, the Sky at Night, the program is divided into ages 4-6 (Junior), 7-11, 12-18 (Secondary). Generally the presentation for the Jr. program is about patterns in the sky, day/night, and the moon. For the 7-11 program, rotation and revolution and phases of the moon are focus points. For Secondary, lunar phases, constellations as a means to find astronomical objects, HR diagram & stellar evolution, and (if time) and introduction to galaxies. Generally secondary teachers have an area they wish for their students to focus on & the presenter adjusts the lesson according to the prior knowledge of the students.

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