Gemini North Holds StarLab Training at ʻImiloa

Gemini North Holds StarLab Training at ʻImiloa Astronomy Center

Both Gemini sites, North and South, have portable planetariums available for loan to schools and community groups (as posted previously). Gemini’s StarLab Portable Planetarium is a great interactive tool to teach a variety of Astronomy lessons about topics such as: the Solar System, the Northern and Southern star fields, and Hawaiian navigational star lines. Once educators have completed our two-hour StarLab training, they too can take students on adventures through the cosmos without leaving their classrooms.

Booking Info

If you are interested in borrowing the StarLab or booking a presentation,  please visit the Gemini North or South StarLab webpages for contact information. You can also keep up to date on all of our upcoming events and trainings through our website. Here are some highlights from our most recent Gemini North StarLab training at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center on Monday, October 3rd!

Alexis Acohido introduces training participants to the StarLab projection system.

Training Highlights

The focus of this training is to teach educators the logistics of setting up, operating and taking down StarLabs. Geminiʻs Public Information and Outreach staff, Alexis Acohido, led 12 participants in Monday’s training. Once the group was comfortable operating the equipment, Alexis took trainees inside the dome to share her favorite planetarium curriculum.

With the dome fully inflated, training participants prepare to climb inside.

Alexis showed everyone how the solar system cylinder tells the story of our cosmic neighborhood. “Just like we have an address: we live in a house, on a street, in a town, on the Big Island of Hawaii, we also have a cosmic address. We live on the Earth, in our Solar System, in the Milky Way galaxy.” Each trainee had time to operate the cylinder as well as getting answers to questions about giving their own StarLab presentations.

StarLab trainees take turns switching cylinders and operating the StarLab projection system.

The StarLab Portable Planetarium is just one of the many resources Gemini has available to share astronomy with the general public. Mahalo to ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center for hosting, Alexis Acohido for leading and our participants for their dedication to sharing the wonders of the universe!

Janice Harvey of Gemini (right) recalls the joys and surprises that come with presenting planetarium shows.

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