Solar System Adventure


32 minutes runtime
2.2 GB
1 .zip file

The purpose of this program is to provide the planetarium industry with an inexpensive, participatory Solar System presentation for use with middle-elementary age students (grades 3-4). The program allows students to become mission specialists while their spaceship takes them on an educational adventure past the sun, moon and planets of our Solar System (fellow crew members shown above). Upon entering the planetarium students are given one of three mission cards: Planet Specialist, Math Expert or Flight Engineer. During the flight the captain asks for information from a specific mission card. Upon this request, the student holding the card enters the data into an imaginary remote computer, which they are told ties into the main computer system. The information they think they supplied is timed to magically appear as data on the dome.

The emphasis on astronomy education concepts combined with the participatory nature of the presentation give students a fun and interesting planetarium experience. Students often cheer at the end when they proudly complete their mission.

Narration is recorded
Video is digitally scanned slides and optional, concurrent supporting videos

Target Audiences

  • Junior High School
  • High School
  • Public



This show kit includes:

  • 191 digitally scanned slides
  • The sound track as a .WAV file
  • 26 optional video segments
  • 3 optional videos to run concurrently with the show in three video panes
  • The script
  • Slide list and production notes
  • Educational concepts and a teacher evaluation form

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