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The Walter R. Schuele Planetarium at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center offers students a unique environment in which they can actively explore space science topics.

Completely transformed in June 2014, the facility offers the Fleming Family Projection System consisting of a Spitz 512 star ball and an Omnistar digital projector. Together, these projectors provide us with everything from realistic views of the night sky to impactful 360 degree images of a trip through the solar system. Our 54 seat planetarium is available for your group seven days a week.

We also provide space science education programs in our mobile StarLab which can provide up to 30 students with a unique and interactive learning environment.

All of our programs for school groups have been developed with the Ohio Academic Content Standards in Science in mind. We provide hands-on activities and inquiry-based learning experiences as detailed below. To schedule your group, please contact Carole Lynn Stradtman at 440-471-8356. We look forward to engaging both you and your students in the wonderful and exciting world of Astronomy!

Full Dome Feature Shows for Groups
Date: Available year round Time/Duration: Approximately 30 minutes
  See Descriptions Fee: $3/person

Attend a full dome feature show in the planetarium with your group or add a show to any field trip! See descriptions below:


The Little Star that Could

Target Grades: K-2; 3-6 Running Time: 25 minutes or 35 minute extended version

The Little Start that Could is a story about Little Star, an average yellow star in search of planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars group to form star clusters and galaxies. In the extended version, students will learn about the relationship between star color and temperature. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets. Each planet is introduced with basic information about the planet and our Solar System.


Legend of Perseus and Andromeda

Target Ages: 3-13 years Running Time: 20 minutes

Addressing the significance of mythology, this show is a fun way to get all ages interested in stories of the night sky. By engaging students in the legend of Perseus and Andromeda, students will also learn the related Astronomy behind the story. AT the end of the show we will go over the locations and shapes of the major constellations/characters from the story. This is a great show for mythology classes.


Galileo: The Power of the Telescope Target

Target Ages: Grade: 5 and up Running Time: 30 minutes

This informative program tells Galileo's personal and powerful story, and explores how his discoveries displaced long-held beliefs about the universe. The show takes us back in time to Pisa Italy to experience Galileo's early experiments with gravity and the laws of motion, his advocacy of the idea that the Earth revolves around the Sun, and his work with early telescopes. Learn how his keep observations culminated in The Starry Messenger, an early masterpiece in which Galileo described all his dazzling discoveries in a straightforward, easy to understand way.


IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System

Target Grade: 5 and up Running Time: 30 minutes

This show follows the creation of NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX). Get an in depth look at the mission and how IBEX is collecting high speed atoms to create a map of our Solar System's boundary. Narrated by two inquisitive teenagers, you will hear from the scientists and engineers themselves who developed the IBEX mission and created the spacecraft and get the latest updates on the mission's discoveries.

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