SciTech STARLAB

What is the STARLAB?

STARLAB has been creating memories long before any other portable planetarium. First invented in the late 1970s, it has had a long and colorful history. With the STARLAB, over a million students have gotten their first, and in many cases only, in depth look at an unspoiled night sky. The world has changed over the past 30 years, and so has the sky. Light pollution is now a problem for virtually every student or amateur astronomer. It is rare to find students, at any grade level, who have regularly seen the milky way with their own eyes.  

STARLAB Programming Options

We are continually updating our programming options. If you would like to hear more about how STARLAB can fit in your current curriculum, please let us know.  We are happy to work with you to provide the best options available.

Taste for Space (K-3) Where does the sun go at night? What can we see when it goes away? Are we seeing stars, satellites or planets? Learn about the gravitational forces of our solar system; how it works, what is around us, and why we have it so good on Earth!

Myths Around the World – Constellations & Stars Lore Open up to the 88 constellations that fill our sky. Learn about a certain few that hold historical significance.

Moon Mania Visit the Moon with SciTech! Learn all about our Moon’s origin and its long and rocky relationship with Earth. Understand more about the surface of our Moon including geographic features, then fly with many other moons in our solar system. Some of which are getting scientists really excited!

Now You See It, Now You Don’t – Solar & Lunar Eclipses The history and explanation of lunar eclipses on Earth will be covered and explained through visual education in the full dome presentation.

Moon Mania Visit the Moon with SciTech! Learn all about our Moon’s origin and its long and rocky relationship with Earth. Understand more about the surface of our Moon including geographic features, then fly with many other moons in our solar system. Some of which are getting scientists really excited!

Big Macs – Meteors, Asteroids, & Comets Covering all things on meteors, asteroids, and comets. Where are they from? Where are they?! What are they?! Explore the solar system and understand these loose cannons.

Orders of Magnitude (40-60minute presentation) A full dome educational experience for our planet and beyond covering and applying units of measurement to understand the vastness of it all. Explore the Earth and its churning insides, the Moon, the Sun, our Solar Systems origins, Constellations, neighbors in the galaxy, the Universe, and time!

Orders of Magnitude (40-60minute presentation) A full dome educational experience for our planet and beyond covering and applying units of measurement to understand the vastness of it all. Explore the Earth and its churning insides, the Moon, the Sun, our Solar Systems origins, Constellations, neighbors in the galaxy, the Universe, and time!

Our Little Island Our milky way is a nice little galaxy to call home. Galileo figured out this band of light was made of stars in the 1600s. Learn about our galaxy, the distances involved, and neighboring galaxies.

STARLAB Booking Policies

Please review this overview of our policies.  Our outreach coordinator will assist you with the booking process and ensure your STARLAB event is a successful one.

Presentation time is approximately 30 minutes. The lengths of each program may vary due to grade level and/or content. Please allow 1 hour for each presentation for arrival and departure of guests.

Maximum capacity per Presentation:

  • 4th Grade and Under 60 Students
  • 5th Grade and Over 45 Students & Adults

  • We recommend using your gymnasium or multi-purpose rooms.
  • Dome requires a 28 Feet by 28 Feet cleared area and 25 Feet of clear Vertical Space below any hanging lights. Please see diagram. Before the STARLAB is unloaded, SciTech Employees will measure the space to ensure that it meets the above requirements.
  • Dome must be used indoors, on a clean floor.
  • 1-2 additional adults to assist with setup is helpful.
  • Must have accessible electrical outlets nearby.
  • Schools failing to measure properly will not be refunded for cancelled programs due to insufficient space. There may be a possibility to reschedule but there will still be a cancellation fee assessed to cover travel and organizational costs.

View STARLAB Diagram for Measurements Here

1st Presentation: $550 Each Additional Presentation: $200 Full Day Discounts available. Contact us to find out more!

Travel fees are included in booking price for venues within 30 miles of SciTech. Additional travel fees apply to venues more than 30 miles away from SciTech. Contact SciTech Education at 630-859-3434 or fill out our request form for more information.

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