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The Observatory Science Centre
Herstmonceux
Hailsham
East Sussex
BN27 1RN
Tel: 01323 832731
Fax: 01323 832741

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Planetarium

Our mission is to bring the solar system, stars and even the frontiers of the universe - to you with Spectacular Cosmic Science.

Our inflatable dome runs state-of-the-art professional planetarium software and the array of presentations are truly awe-inspiring, from mythology to space travel.



Who are we?

Our presenters are professional and adaptable, making science clear, fun and truly awesome! 

Amongst the team we have teachers, scientists and astronomers: all specialists in bringing an immersive experience that will excite and enthrall all audiences.

We send 2 staff ensuring opportunity for Q&A, subject to your own timetable.

All of our team have a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Certificate and many are registered STEM Ambassadors.

What we offer

Presentations can be geared towards specific learning objectives and curriculum key concepts with Q&A opportunity, depending on your timetable.
A few examples of our interactive presentations:

MYTHS & LEGENDS 
Very accessible for reception and KS1. We focus on the stories of the constellations.

A TOUR OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
Always popular and suitable for KS1 - KS3. We take you on a journey through space visiting our near neighbours.

LIFE AND DEATH OF A STAR
Suitable for KS1 - KS3. We visit the main parts of the life of a star.

APOLLO AND THE MOON
Suitable for KS1 - KS2. We visit the moon, it's movement and the Apollo programme.

THIS EVENING'S SKY
Suitable for all we visit the objects that might be seen in the current night sky.

THE COMBINATION
Suitable for all and the most popular. A bespoke option to cover almost anything you want.

Cost and How to Book

Half day hire max. 3 presentations: £295 (+vat) plus distance charge
Full day hire max. 5 presentations: £395 (+vat) plus distance charge

Travel is free within a 20 mile radius of The Centre (BN27 1RN). Beyond this distance, charges apply (based on postcode).

To check availability, to make a booking, or just to ask any questions please contact us.

Once booked you will be emailed confirmation and invoice. Payment is required 14 days in advance. In the event of last minute bookings, payment must be handed over before presenters depart.
Cheques payable to ‘Science Projects Ltd’
We have a range of suitable teacher resources which can be pre-ordered and delivered on the day, as well as ‘goody bags' for the pupils.
Telephone: 01323 832731

Important Information

How many pupils?
The 'Cosmic Classroom can accommodate up to 40 pupils or 25 adults. 

Specifications: Indoor Venue Space       
The dome can easily be set up in any indoor venue space such as your hall or gym, and taken down at lunchtime if required.

The dome has a diameter of 5 m and height of 3.25 m, and requires 2 x 13 amp power sockets.
The inflating tube / fan require a space of 1.2 m.

The dome has a zipped step-through opening.
Wheelchair access is possible, but must be discussed at the time of booking.

Requirements: Access   
We need to unload / load our van as close as possible to the venue.               
                                                           
Please inform us at the time of booking if there are any parking / access issues (e.g. stairs or narrow doorways) as there are several large components to unload.

Presenters cannot move large items or clear the space when they arrive on site, so the floor surface needs to be cleared and clean prior to set up.

At end of the visit presenters will ensure the space is left as they found it.

Safety
Before entering the planetarium each group will have a short pre-presentation talk regarding safety procedures, code of conduct etc. 

Entry and exit during the presentations is not possible unless in an emergency. 

Pupils must be accompanied by a teacher / adult from the school at all times.

Format / Set up

Unloading and set up of the planetarium takes approximately 40 minutes, with similar time required for pack down and loading.
There should not be any other activity in the venue space during set up / pack down.

Each presentation lasts approx 30 – 45 minutes, depending on your schedule.
The whole experience will include pre-presentation points, entry / exit, and questions.

Additional time will be required during the day if the planetarium has to be deflated and cleared for pupil lunch requirements etc.

Presenters will do their very best to supply presentations to fit your schedule as arranged at the time of booking.
Astronomy Resources
The Centre stocks a range of astronomy resources which can be pre-ordered and delivered on the day; as well as Goody Bags for the pupils.