The perfect way to introduce the Sun, moons and planets of our Solar System.
Suitable for Key Stage 1 and above, this show gives the audience a good grasp of the Sun, planets and moons in the Solar System. Students learn about the Sun, together with every planet including minor planets (asteroids), dwarf planets and the theoretical Planet Nine, plus some other odd things in the Kuiper Belt. Planet facts and info are tailored to suit the age and ability of each class.
The Solar System Experience is suitable for individual classes of up to 35 children – up to three classes per day. Each class will be wowed by a 30 minute immersive film about Solar System exploration – either We Are Aliens (preview here) or Back To The Moon For Good (preview here); followed by a 30-60 minute tour of the Solar System using real time, digital planetarium software; and the show concludes with a 30 minute interactive workshop in the dome to consolidate the learning throughout the day.
The last module of the show can be completely child focused, with the students asking questions about the Solar System, its place within the Galaxy, the fate of the Sun, and how it all works! This part of the show runs particularly well if the children prepare questions beforehand as a classroom activity. The planetarium tour and workshop are peppered with mini film clips and fulldome simulations to give this awesome workshop that extra wow factor!
A typical show will last 1.5 – 2 hours. And as the show can be split into modules, multiple shows can be interspersed with morning break and lunch.
Typical costs for the Solar System Experience are:
£250 for a half day (up to 35 pupils)
£400 for a full day (up to 70 pupils)
This is a flexible show, so if you have a tight budget, it might be possible to run two short sessions for up to 70 pupils for the cost of a half day. And with some creative time management, we might be able to squeeze in three classes (up to 105 students) over a full day.
Travel & overnight stay
Travel is free within a 20 mile radius of Hastings, and charged at 45p per mile if you need us to travel further. And if the journey will take us over 2 hours, we may have to charge for an overnight stay which costs an extra £35. If our journey includes tolls and ferry charges, these will be added too.
Location & space
The travelling planetarium is for indoor use only and needs a floor space measuring 6 x 6 metres plus a height of 3.2 metres. The floor space needs to be clean and dry. Access to electricity is essential.
Once you’ve read and agreed to our Planetarium Guidelines, please use the Planetarium Booking Form to make your booking. If you need to talk through any aspects of your booking before filling out the form, call us on 01424 420968 or send us an email.