Star Lab

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Through the use of modern technology, the fifth-grade students of the North Babylon School District participated in an in-house field trip to a traveling planetarium, Star Lab. The inflatable room-sized planetarium travels to schools across the island to further science curricula by giving students the opportunity to receive a clear and up-close look at a simulated night sky. As part of the fifth-grade curriculum, students study the solar system and all of its components. During the Star Lab program, the students learned about Greek mythology, constellations and the planets.

Prior to entering the lab, the fifth-graders participated in a 20-minute astronomy lesson with BOCES naturalist Richard Meyer regarding the Big Bang theory, in which they learned the age of the known universe (13.77 billion years), the sun (4.6 billion years) and the earth (4.56 billion years).