Seeing Stars offers four different one hour programs, listed below. Each is intended for a different age group, but all will be adaptable to some extent. We are also eager to work with teachers and other leaders to present programs that meet specific needs.
Each program typically starts with an activity outside the dome, and then concludes inside the planetarium. Paul likes to take about an hour and fifteen minutes for each presentation, but will go down to a minimum of 45 minutes (anything less is very difficult, since it takes some time for our eyes to adjust to the darkness). Remember, only about 35 children (depending on their size) can fit into the planetarium.
1. What’s Up in the Sky? (Pre-K-Kindergarten).
2. Exploring the Night Sky (Grades 2-4; a modified version of this program is also used for groups of mixed ages).
3. The Solar System (Grades 3-6).
4. Earth from Space (Grades 4-7).
5. Heroes in the Sky (all ages).
Up to four programs can be provided in a single school-day, and setup and tear-down each take about a half hour.
Several telescopes and pairs of binoculars will be available for exploring the stars. They take place after dark, and are about 90 minutes long.
Stargazing Basics Book Presentations/Signings
Paul presents a short program (about an hour) based upon his book, Stargazing Basics: Getting Started in Recreational Astronomy. Binoculars, telescopes, and other equipment are used to introduce people to the hobby. Signed copies of the book are also available. Weather and time permitting, a telescope may also be set up outside for viewing.