As we are unable to visit you, please note that there are several other mobile planetarium across the South of England that offer school visits, please go onto the website, linked below, and type in your school postcode to find the planetaria that serve your area:
Preference will be given to schools within an hour travel distance of the University & those who agree to have us back into the school 3 months after the visit to have a hour long Focus Group with one of the groups who saw the astrodome show for evaluation purposes!
We offer a MINIMUM of 3 x 45 minute shows and a MAXIMUM of 6 x 60 minute shows in one day!
Please note it takes at least 5 minutes at the start of each session to give our introductions and do the safety talk. We do this outside of the astrodome.
It takes at least 10 minutes to get the students in and out of the dome.
Asssuming the show is 45 minutes, this means we have at least 25 mins inside the dome learning about the physics of the stars and planets etc. And at least 10 minutes for questions!
When you make a timetable for the day please rememember that we need at least 45mins to have a break/eat lunch!
We must reach at least 90 students in one visit from a minimum of 3 shows -Ideally, we want to reach, about 150 students in one day, from 5 shows!
NOTE: Our absolute limit for the day is 6 x 60 minute shows!
We no longer do 30 minute shows for Primary students because this isn't enough time for them to see the show and ask questions. A 40 min session will allow each group to get at least 5 minutes outside the dome afterwards to ask us questions.
Unfortunately, due to restricted funding for the Soton Astrodome mobile planetarium we will not be able to offer any school visits in this academic year.
We are so sorry to disappoint you and apologise if you have already emailed us a request.
We are committed to providing shows free of charge to schools and are currently looking for industrial sponsorship to allow us to do this. If you do know of any buisnesses or industries that might be interested in partnering with us please let us know. We have over 5 years of experience in engaging schools and the public, and are happy to act as an enterprising vehicle for the right partner company.
Please note, that even though we cannot offer you a planetarium visit we do have several workshops and talks available to schools within a 1 hour drive of the University, the full list of speakers (and workshops) available is linked below:
If our restricted funding situation does change in the coming months and we do get more availability I will post about it on this page straight away.
Teachers, please do not forget to timetable-in a break for us to have lunch. The astrodome demonstrating team are always extremely grateful when the school provides us with a free lunch :)
Please DO NOT leave us alone with the students- outside the dome or inside the dome. Please make sure there is always at least one teacher inside the dome with us.
The teacher inside the dome is responsible for behaviour management while we are inside the dome.
All teachers organising the visit can request a free teachers pack from us which we will bring along to the visit. Please tell me if you want one by emailing me.
Please note I (Sadie Jones) have a DBS (Criminal Record Check) but not all of the rest of my team do. However, members of the team have been fully trained and are aware that they should not be left alone with the students.