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1 Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Science, PreK-121 Experiencing the Starlab A Portable Planetarium Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Science, PreK-12

2 Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Science, PreK-122 Starlab is a valuable educational tool that is being used to deliver astronomy instruction to every elementary school child in Baltimore County Public Schools. Starlab Portable Planetarium

3 Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Science, PreK-123 Starlab Portable Planetarium 1. What is Starlab? Starlab is a 25 ft. portable inflatable planetarium dome.

4 Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Science, PreK-124 Starlab Portable Planetarium 2. How do the students get inside the Starlab? Students crawl through a tunnel to get inside the Starlab.

5 Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Science, PreK-125 Students sit on the floor. The images are portrayed on the walls and ceiling of the dome. Starlab Portable Planetarium

6 Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Science, PreK-126 Starlab Portable Planetarium students can fit inside the Starlab.

7 Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Science, PreK-127 Students with physical handicaps can attend the programs in the Starlab. Starlab Portable Planetarium

8 Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Science, PreK-128 Starlab Portable Planetarium 3. Is the Starlab safe? Yes! The bottom of the dome is entirely open. It is made of flame retardant material. It is Latex free.

9 Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Science, PreK-129 Starlab Portable Planetarium 4. How is the Starlab set up? First, a fan is attached to the dome.

10 Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Science, PreK-1210 Starlab Portable Planetarium The dome inflates within 10 minutes.

11 Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Science, PreK-1211 Starlab Portable Planetarium Next, the projector is put inside the dome.

12 Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Science, PreK-1212 Starlab Portable Planetarium 5.What topics are taught in the Starlab? Primary programs introduce facts about the: sun Milky Way galaxy planets phases of the moon stars exploration of the moon.

13 Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Science, PreK-1213 Starlab Portable Planetarium Intermediate programs introduce facts about: star properties the planets circumpolar stars seasonal stars space travel and the galaxies.

14 Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Science, PreK-1214 Starlab Portable Planetarium 6. Does Starlab just teach science? Starlab is an interdisciplinary tool that teaches: Earth Science Language Arts Math Art Social Studies Reading

15 Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Science, PreK-1215 Starlab Portable Planetarium 7. Do teachers have training prior to their class coming to the Starlab? An in-service on the Starlab is provided and teachers are given packets containing: pre/post visit activities extension/optional activities teacher background information.

16 Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Science, PreK-1216 Starlab Portable Planetarium Each unit has pre-assessment and post assessment to collect data. 8. Are students assessed on the information that they learn inside the Starlab?

17 Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Science, PreK-1217 A young man was overheard saying as he crawled out of the Starlab tunnel, “I liked Starlab. It was fun and interesting. I learned a lot about space and the stars.” Starlab Portable Planetarium

18 Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Science, PreK-1218 Starlab Portable Planetarium “It was like sitting in the backyard, but it was better because you are closer to the stars.”


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