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Planetarium School Programme – Iziko Museums

Planetarium School Programme

Are you an educator? Would you like to book an educational visit with us? This is what you need to know:

Entrance fees: R15,00 per person for pupils and teachers

Presentation times: Monday to Friday at 09h0010h1511h30 and 12h45 during school term (excluding Mondays).

Each presentation lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Planetarium seating capacity is 140.



TYCHO TO THE MOON

Kids love Tycho! The dog that doesn’t just howl at the Moon – he goes there! See the planetarium’s favourite dog like never before with stunning new fulldome visuals.

Blast off on an amazing ride with Tycho and his young  American friends, Ruby and Michael. Learn about night and day, space travel, phases of the Moon and features of the lunar surface. Take a close-up look at the Sun, see Tycho play in zero gravity, witness Earth from space, and watch meteors shoot across the night sky. Includes the much-loved sing-along song  “Don’t touch!”

Learners will learn about:

•Constellations •Shooting star – meteor •Phases of the Moon •Orbit •Earth spin •Day/night • Craters •Apollo astronauts •Size of the Moon •Moon’s surface conditions •Sun – a star •Planets – Mercury and Venus: close-up views

View trailer HERE

SUITABLE FOR PHASES: Foundation and Intermediate phases (Grade R  ̶  Grade 6)



TILT

How do the seasons work? Why do we have longer sunlight hours in summer than in winter? Why are our shadows longer in winter than in summer? Join Annie and max for a whirlwind adventure as the explore a new angle on the world and find out more about the seasons!

Learners will learn about:

•Earth is a sphere •Hemispheres •Equator •North and South Poles •Temperatures at Poles and Equator •Shadow lengths in different seasons •Earth spins round its axis once in 24 hours – one day •Axis is tilted •Summer solstice •Earth orbits around Sun – once in one year

View trailer HERE

SUITABLE FOR PHASES: Intermediate and Senior phases (Grade 4  ̶  Grade 9)



CELL! CELL! CELL

You are made of 70 trillion living cells. They work. They talk. They think. They are what make you alive. This is the story of how they do it.

Join Sooki and Raj on an adventure to explore the human body as they use a series of fantastic instruments to peer inside complex living cells. Uncover the mystery of DNA and discover how we all began as a single, tiny cell.

Learners will learn about:

•Bodies consist of tiny cells •Need a microscope to see cells •How eye cells work to help us see •Outside of cell – membrane •Inside cell like factory •Rubbish collector – lysosome •Power station – mitochondria •Nucleus contains programme for activity •DNA: code –information •Four simple molecules repeated – genes •Order of molecules holds instruction •Genes determine features like hair colour •Sperm and egg cells – fertilization •Stem cells – basic cells can become any specialized cell

View trailer HERE

SUITABLE FOR PHASES: Intermediate and Senior phases (Grade 4  ̶  Grade 9)



FROM EARTH TO THE UNIVERSE

The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos.

This stunning voyage through space and time conveys the Universe revealed to us by science, from the theories of ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes. We travel to the colourful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars. And still further out beyond the Milky Way to the unimaginable immensity of myriads of galaxies.

Learners will learn about:

•Sky map •Constellations •History of astronomy •Telescopes •Space programme •Space technology •Solar system •Planets •Dwarf planets •Moons

•Asteroids •Comets •Sun •Stars •Galaxies •Galaxy Clusters •Nebulae •Black holes •Interactions in the universe

SUITABLE PHASES: Intermediate and senior phases and FET (Grade 4  ̶  Grade 12)

View trailer HERE

*Also Available in Afrikaans


CUSTOM MADE SHOWS

In addition to a pre-recorded show, educators can request specific topics to be explored.

Topics include: • solar system •life cycle of stars •constellations •night sky • galaxies •our place in the universe •indigenous astronomy

*Available in English, Afrikaans or isiXhosa