Owsley Brown II Portable Planetarium

"The planetarium was the most awesome learning experience we had last year.  Students really connected, students who did not see it wanted to go in, wanted it to come back so they could see it.  Plus the info and technology was so timely and incredible.  The experience gave the students an opportunity to look and hear about our universe, Big Bang theory, and our solar system in ways they had never considered.  Thanks so much for having this program and making it affordable for us." --Becky Moehlmann, Advanced Biology/Chemistry in the Community Teacher, Oldham County High School

The Owsley Brown II Portable Planetarium brings the unique educational experience of a state-of-the-art digital planetarium directly to you. Engaging and immersive experiences for grades K – 12 are aligned and designed around the framework of the Next Generation Science Standards.

This visually enriched, educational environment envelopes the audience in imagery that precisely renders our universe and its various components. Whether it be a flight through the Milky Way or a trip to the edges of the known universe, students are captivated with visualizations that bring difficult-to-comprehend concepts to life.

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Cost to schools and other non-profits: $525/day (for up to 8 hours). This AFFORDABLE, HASSLE-FREE experience doesn't require permission slips and there are not any transportation costs. Need to patterns in the sky to your 3rd and 4th graders? Not a problem - in just one day, up to *180 kids can visually explore the intricacies of the moon and its relationship to the Earth and other patterns, EFFORTLESSLY ABSORBING COMPLEX INFORMATION THAT IS BROUGHT TO LIFE ON THE DOME. The VALUE of this experience? PRICELESS. The COST to you - *$2.92/CHILD (based on 180 kids and a flat $525 rate).

Or, if you want all of the students in your school to experience this INSPIRING AND EXCITING EXTENSION OF THE CLASSROOM, schedule a short, CUSTOMIZED VIRTUAL JOURNEY through the universe focusing on the content of your choice. For a school with *400 kids, that is ONLY *$1.31/STUDENT!

*Click here for pricing, logistical information and capacity information.

*Capacity is dependent on the ages/sizes of the audience. Also available for private rentals (e.g special events and meetings)!

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Hear what kids and educators have to say about planetarium field experiences.


As a Family Resource Center Coordinator, I'm always looking for ways to support classroom instruction and get our kids excited about learning. The Portable Planetarium meets both of these goals brilliantly. We coordinated two visits for Bowen Elementary and two visits for Coleridge-Taylor Montessori during the 2014-2015 school year. Our students were fascinated by the material, and all of the various programs were incredibly immersive and engaging. Our kids left the Portable Planetarium wanting to be astronomers, astrophysicists, and astronauts, and our teachers were amazed at how the advanced-level content was presented for elementary understanding. We can't wait to host the Portable Planetarium again in 2015-2016 (we have five visits scheduled between Bowen and CTM). It's simply the best money schools can spend to support student engagement in science education.

Justin DeLorenzo, MSSW, Coordinator, The Bridge Family Resource Center, Bowen and Coleridge-Taylor Elementary Schools

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This exciting initiative is made possible by the generous support of the Brown Family as well as: