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Fernbank Science Center

Fernbank Science Center

School Planetarium Lessons

Planetarium lessons are given for schools throughout the school year (August - May), Monday – Friday @ 9:30 am / 10:45 am / 12:30 pm. The lessons are aligned with the Georgia Standards of Excellence and are approximately 45 minutes to an hour in length depending on grade level. Each lesson includes a tour of the current night sky with our iconic Zeiss planetarium star projector and a presentation using our new state of the art digital projector which creates a stunning full-dome immersive environment, while guiding students through the wonders of the universe.


DeKalb teachers please contact the Fernbank liaison at your school for scheduling information.


Non-Dekalb teachers please call 678-874-7113 or email Audrey_Poole@dekalbschoolsga.org for reservations.


The price for non-DeKalb County students is $4.00 per student during the school year (August - May). For each fifteen students one teacher or adult chaperone will be admitted without charge. All other adults beyond this number will be charged $5.00.


During the summer (June and July) we ask that groups larger than 50 contact our scheduler at 678-874-7113. If your group is smaller than 50, then you do not need to contact the scheduler. There are no group discounts during the summer months. Adults (ages 19-61) $7.00, Students (ages 3-18) $5.00, Seniors (62+) $5.00.

Current School Planetarium Lessons

Solar Quest

One World One Sky

Kindergarten 

Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, take viewers on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun, and the Moon.

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The Weather

The Weather

1st Grade.

Students will explore the current sky and follow a young girl as she uses her senses to describe and predict weather, discovers different types of clouds, and reviews the water cycle.

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Earth Moon and Sun

Earth, Moon and Sun

2nd Grade

What causes Moon phases? What is a lunar eclipse? Coyote is sharp, but he has some strange  ideas about the universe. Students will learn the reasons for seasons, why the Moon seems to change shape, and hear some Native American stories about the sky.

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Earth's Wild Ride

Earth's Wild Ride

4th Grade

Imagine Earth as a distant place you once called home but could never visit again.  What would you remember most about the planet, and how would you describe it to your grandchildren?

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The Whys of Weather

The Whys of Weather

4th Grade

Students will investigate why Earth has seasons and will learn how to read a weather map. Students will watch video clips on the seasons and weather and will watch the stars change through the night sky. 

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Creatures of the Night Sky

Creatures of the Night Sky

4th Grade

Students will learn to identify animal constellations of the night sky in the Planetarium and study adaptations of nocturnal animals in the classroom. 

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Force Five

Force Five

5th Grade

Explore and experience the most powerful storms on Earth: a hurricane at sea, a tornado’s funnel cloud, and a huge solar storm. Learn now these storms develop over time, and how they can turn into cataclysmic events.

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Impact Earth

Impact Earth

5th and 6th Grade

Impact Earth combines a 25-minute planetarium show with two half-hour presentations on meteorites and impact craters by two active research scientists in impact geology. 

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Planetarium and Observatory Contacts


April Whitt- Astronomer

april.whitt@fernbank.edu


Mark Lancaster - Astronomer

mark.lancaster@fernbank.edu


Scott Harris - Planetary Geologist, Meterorites

scott.harris@fernbank.edu