Sep 07, 2018
Digital Portable Planetarium
A planetarium helps students grasp abstract astronomical concepts and can spark engagement and interest in science.
A planetarium is a scientific model or representation of a system or a phenomenon. The model is used in classrooms to generate predictions, construct explanations or pose new questions.
Imagine having an easy to use, full-featured planetarium at your disposal. A new portable dome and digital projector were added to the Grant Wood AEA Media Center during the fall of 2018.
With this new digital projection system, K-12 classrooms are able to:
- Simulate the sky from any point on Earth or from other planets and moons
- Move forward or backward in time at varying speeds
- Simulate the solar system over a two million year time range
The Grant Wood AEA Van Allen Science Teaching Center (VAST) offers professional learning sessions for teachers interested in using the planetarium in their classrooms.
For information, contact Christopher Soldat, GWAEA curriculum consultant - science.