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What is the Starlab?

Posted by Ken Zimmerman

Wed, Jan 29, 2014

Currently, all IMS members who have attended a free training session, have access to borrow one of the 4 Starlabs that we have available through their MediaNet account. 

You may ask, what exactly is a Starlab and how does it work?  The best way to describe a Starlab is that it is a portable planetarium.  Once set up, it can accommodate up to 30 students at a time where they can enjoy watching the night sky, stars, constellations, plate tectonics, and more!

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Local school districts have been using the Starlab for years in their schools and classrooms.  Some sign out a Starlab for a couple of weeks and set it up in a gym, library, or larger classroom space and create a schedule for the entire school to experience active learning.  Others use it for their science classes particularly.  No matter how you would like to use it, the only requirement is that you attend one half day training session to learn how to set up, operate, and take care of it while in your possession. 

Starlab also provides curriculum & instruction resources when using the Starlab.

Click here for additional information on the Starlab.

The STARLAB system consists of an inflatable dome, a projector, projection cylinders and accessories. It is a portable planetarium with the accuracy of a full size planetarium and any flat surface can be used as a base. It is a complete visual center for slides, films, and transparencies. Once unpacked it can be set up in less than ten minutes. The unique design of the STARLAB dome provides excellent acoustics for sound experiments and music.
The STARLABS consist of the following cylinders:
STARLABS B , C, and E: Greek Mythology, Native American Mythology, Earth Coordinates, Celestial Coordinates, Starfield, and Stick Figure of Constellations
STARLAB D: African Mythology, Starfield , Greek Mythology, Ocean Currents, Native American Mythology, Stick Figure of Constellations, Earth Coordinates, Chinese Seasons/Four Beast, Deep Sky Objects, and Celestial Coordinates
EXTRA CYLINDERS TO REQUEST: Ancient Chinese Legends, Biological Cell, Plate Tectonics, and Lewis & Clark Celestial Navigation

We are offering our next Starlab training session on February 25, 2014 (8:30 am - 12:30 pm) which is free of charge for all IMS members.

Click here to register for the training sessions on mylearningplan.


Topics: Workshops, IMS Services, Starlab