The Atlantic County AVA Media Center has purchased a STARLAB Portable Planetarium System for circulation to member districts. The STARLAB Planetarium is an inflatable dome system that can accommodate approximately 25 students and their teacher. It requires an area that is at least 17 feet in diameter with a ceiling height of 10.5 feet. It can be fully assembled in less than 1/2 hour. The AVA will require that districts borrowing the system have at least 1 staff member who is trained in its set-up and use. A number of individuals have been trained and they need only to notify us of the date and location of their training to be eligible to utilize the system.
STARLAB has obvious usefulness in teaching astronomy, but the variety of projection cylinders that are available will expand that usefulness into social studies with information on Greek and Native American mythology through constellation cylinders and to earth sciences with cylinders that show ocean currents, plate tectonics and continental drift and global weather.
To view the list of cylinders the AVA has available for teacher use go to Projection Cylinders.
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Please be aware that schools must pick-up the STARLAB Planetarium System from the SRI&ETTC Facility in Galloway.
If you have any questions regarding Starlab usage or borrowing schedule, please call the AVA at 609-626-3850 or email email@example.com.