One of the projects we’re particularly proud to be involved with is the Otago Museum’s ‘Reach for the Stars’ programme.
In February 2016 the Otago Museum Education Team, aided by our sponsorship, launched a number of programmes that engage students with astronomy, mythology and astrobiology in the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium.
Linked with the New Zealand curriculum for ‘Science: Planet Earth and Beyond’, as well as the ‘Exploration and Communication’ strands of Te Whāriki, the New Zealand early childhood curriculum, Reach for the Stars, is an exciting opportunity to educate Otago youngsters outside the traditional classroom.
As part of the project, all schools and early childhood centres are eligible for entry subsidies when visiting the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium. To help those schools that are unable to access the Planetarium through low-cost transportation such as buses, there is an extra travel subsidy available.
Planetarium programme development
To help engage young minds, interesting programmes that also meet the learning needs of schools and students are still to be developed. So, every year the team proactively adapts what’s on offer at the planetarium.
This year’s exciting new programs will be:
- Earth Origins (Levels 2-5)
- Māori Myths and Legends (Levels 1-5)
- Myths and Legends of the Classical World (Levels 1-5)
Want to visit the planetarium?
If you’d like to see what we’re so proud of, why not visit the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium in the Otago Museum one weekend!
For more details, go to www.otagomuseum.nz.