The Science Horizons Mobile Planetarium
Bringing the Excitement of Space to your School or Group!
Handling Real Meteorites
Exploring Space Travel
Space is a fascinating topic, but can be challenging to bring alive in the classroom (and can also generate questions that can be difficult to answer for the non-specialist teacher!).
Our mobile planetarium solves this - and allows you to really engage your class or group with space in ways that are exciting, enhance learning, and provides your group with an unforgettable experience.
Our 6m dome allows us to work easily with whole classes, whilst the 4m is our auxiliary working dome that allows us to work with small and medium sized groups in an interactive and exciting way.
What Teachers Say...
"Wonderful - an amazing experience for the pupils! They were talking about it for days afterwards."
"Mike really brought the world of astronomy alive for the children, with a well thought out and appropriate narrative the children could access. Highly recommended!"
"I was really impressed by Mike’s planetarium experience for the children. The children were able to access a clear night sky with all its constellations, but in the sports hall! "
What Pupils Say...
“The planetarium was a real treat. We were given a tour of the night sky inside a huge tent. I learnt about the constellations and the stories behind them”.
“It was like being given a tour of the stars under the night sky. I really enjoyed it.”
What We Can Bring To You!....
There are a wide range of programmes that I can offer, and am always happy to hone what we do to your particular requirements. The heart of the visit is the Planetarium, but there are additional optional elements that we can add in for each group that we work with, to give an even more exciting and in-depth learning experience. This means you get the right visit for your requirements and budget - I would be delighted to discuss with you what would work ideally for your group.
Our main elements are:
The Planetarium (Core Activity) - A planetarium show on its own normally requires about 40 minutes for each class/group, but can vary depending on age group etc. These are not pre-recorded video planetarium shows that are full of flashy content, but which limit engagement and learning outcomes. Instead I deliver live shows that utilise a star field projector with additional image projectors - a traditional approach that gives a better quality and more realistic sky, allows far more interaction, and engages your group with the science to maximise learning.
Meteorites! (Optional Addition) - This looks into both our solar system and meteorites. Your pupils will examine real meteorites, as we explain where they come from and what they are. They will also find out about shooting stars and even how they could find their own micro-meteorites! This is an additional 30 minutes to 1 hour per group (depending on ages, ability and school timetable).
Spaceflight and Space Travel (Optional Addition) - Your pupils will learn about the fascinating history of space travel, including the Moon landings (really topical with the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's landing on the Moon in 2019) and bring it up to date with modern space exploration and life on the International Space Station. They will see artefacts from space travel, and learn where and how they can see space satellites (including the space station) form their back garden. Again this can be an additional 30 minutes to 1 hour per group (depending on ages, ability and school timetable).
A Space-Age Childhood (Optional Addition) – A new session that looks at childhood in the space age, through original toys and games with the space theme that was very popular during the space race. As well as being really enjoyable and interactive, this session includes both science and even some PSHE elements...
This means my work with a single class/group could vary from 40 minutes to half a day (or more), depending on what would work best for you, budgets etc.
Our Popular Planetarium Shows...
Our primary show for schools and youth groups, this is a wonderful and exciting learning experience. Designed centrally for KS2, its addresses key aspects of the national curriculum 'The Earth in Space' and then extends to allow children to understand space more completely.
Our show for older pupils including secondary and A-level students that explores the Universe and links this back to what can be seen from the back garden. Learn about the life cycle of the stars, the galaxies and the structure of the Universe.
Stories of The Greek and Roman Skies
An amazing cross-curricula opportunity. This show looks at the mythology of the Greeks or the Romans, as told in the constellations of the night sky. The stars were the 'television' of ancient culture, with many stories of heroism and romance - and a little soap opera, too!
Where Do We Visit?
We are delighted to visit schools, groups and events in the following main locations:
If you are outside these locations, please do contact me to discuss the possibilities - I would be delighted to help.
How Much Is A Visit?
Our pricing is simple, and designed to allow smaller as well as larger schools to find a visit cost-effective. Pricing is by time spent, rather than content, so for a given budget I might I can work with several groups having planetarium shows only, or smaller groups having a more in-depth learning experience. I would be delighted to discuss with you how we can bring space to life for your group.
A full day visit to a school etc is £350.00 plus travel. Other pricing and visit options are available, so please enquire for details.
To give an idea of how much this works out for your pupils, a full day working with two classes (of nominally 30 pupils) having the planetarium, plus the 'Meteorites' and 'Spaceflight and Space Travel' options could work out under £5.95 per pupil - a great price for a amazing complete space experience, and far more cost-effective than an off-site visit.
For a full day with four classes doing just the Planetarium shows, it could be less than £2.95 per pupil.
Having a planetarium visit you also saves on time and travel costs for coaches, and the logistic and safeguarding challenges of taking children off-site.
What About Safeguarding?
You can be assured that I have an Enhanced DBS checked and have worked with groups of all ages for over 25 years.
Any Questions ,or Making a Booking?
If you have any questions, or would like to make a booking, simply contact me without obligation