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Starlab, Programmes, Cost, Frequently Asked Questions, Requirements.

STARLAB
 
Starlab has been described by many as a 'blow up igloo'. Air is blown by a fan into a tunnel at one end which keeps the dome inflated. Students then crawl through an opening at the other end and sit on the floor inside the dome where the night sky is displayed.
 
PROGRAMMES
 
Beyond Earth
This is our most popular programme, with a general astronomy theme. Beyond Earth programs can include common astronomical concepts; day and night, seasons, moon phases, eclipses, planets, comets, night sky recognition, constellation positions, space exploration and myths and legends.
Curriculum Focus
Science; "Making Sense of Planet Earth and Beyond", investigating and understanding the relationships between Planet Earth it's Solar System, Galaxy and Universe.
Level Suitability
All levels Year 1 - Adult.
 
 
!? (Other)
With enough notice, we can adapt and/or combine aspects of our existing programmes to more completely suit your needs. We also have access to other projection cylinders and resources. Starlab offers you a universe of possibilities.
Curriculum Focus
Any!
Level Suitability
All.
 
COST
 
Our charges are $875 for the first day; any consecutive days are $770. Prices include GST. Half days are sometimes available at $665 catering 2 - 3 classes, if Starlab is in the area. We also offer "Cluster Concession". This is to encourage block bookings in a region. If you are able to coordinate 4 or more consecutive days in your area, not necessarily all at your school, then each day will be charged at the discounted rate of $770 per day. This can be particularly beneficial for rural areas.
 
F.A.Q
 
Q: How long is each session?
A: 45 - 60 minutes each. This means the average number of classes per day is 6 but we can fit in 7 sessions if that is what you want (just remember to tell us and make sure we get a break).
 
Q: How many students can you fit in at a time?
A: A Class. Most classes average around 30 pupils, but we can squeeze in a maximum of 35.
 
Q: Can you accommodate wheelchairs or crutches?
A: Of course! We simply lift up one side of Starlab and let you come in that way, then do the same at the end of the session. Please notify us earlier so we can be prepared. We can also do this for people who are claustrophobic so they do not need to venture through the tunnel.
 
REQUIRMENTS
 

As Starlab is an indoor planetarium, inflated by air, access to power is essential. We need a ceiling height of 3.5 metres (although a lower ceiling is acceptable), and a clear floor space of 7x7 metres. Starlab is a dome so the maximum height necessary is for the top of the dome only. This means we can erect Starlab between ceiling lights, beams etc. Due to the equipment used we also require a secure indoor area to make sure property is not damaged.

A classroom teacher must accompany each class into Starlab. As Starlab is inflated by air it is also a good idea for students to dress warmly when inside Starlab during the colder months (e.g. wear a jumper etc.). Carpet or gym mats on the floor make the sessions more comfortable for the students as well.

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GOOD ASTRONOMY LINKS
Heavens Above :: SPACE.com :: University Today :: Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand