Over the coming months, as schools start to get back to a new normality, I will be working alongside other members of the British Association of Planetaria, for the appropriate covid-safe practise, following the latest government guidelines. This ensures school staff, pupils and our operators stay safe and well as we start to visit you all once again.
To help teachers and home educators, I will start posting lots of astronomy and maths and science related links for you to use.
When I have started posting these, they will be available using these links:
To educate and entertain your students I can lead a number of astronomical related activities in your school.
These include the planetarium shows, STEM Assembly and a Bottle-Rocket Workshop.
Details of each activity are shown below.
Contact Me: Dave@star-gazing.co.uk
Mob: 07917 177715
See the bottom of this page for some of the testimonials I have received from schools and children.
NEW for 2020. Webb Space Telescope STEM Workshop.
Using resources supplied by Astroboost, including an infra-red camera, this hands-on workshop investigates the science behind The Webb Space Telescope. This telescope is due to be launched in 2021, and uses infra-red light to detect planets being made within dust and gas clouds.
Are you thinking of organising a Space Week in your school?
See my resource guide here:
Pick and choose to book any combination of activities below to occupy either half (within an hours drive) or a full day.
Presenter-led planetarium shows.
Our planetarium shows reproduce the night sky in all its wonderful glory. The students always gasp out when the sky darkens and the stars appear, with The Milky Way stretching right the way across the darkened dome. They sit under a full sky of stars, and will be taken on a guided tour around the night sky. I will recount some of the mythological stories associated with some of the constellations, looking at some of the fabulous objects that can be seen, touring the solar system as well as over-viewing many astronomical concepts. The content has been specifically designed to supplement and re-enforce the current National Curriculum at all key stages to support their lessons. The presenter-led show encourages all students to answer or ask questions throughout the show.
I do not just play a full-dome movie.
My aim is to fully involve and engage children in the planetarium show and enhance their education.
Up to 7 planetarium shows can be performed in a full school day.
Our 5m planetarium needs a lot of space and a clean floor to be set up.
Hall / Gym size needs to be a minimum size of 6 metres x 6 metres and a height clearance of at least 4 metres.
A maximum of 25 students at a time can be accommodated in each show.
Tim Peake STEM Presentation.
A single class, year or full school assembly to talk about Tim Peake’s Principia mission. This fun, audience-participation presentation has been specifically designed to educate, entertain and engage active minds. It encourages children to aim for their goals, and take up STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects. This is especially true for girls, who must be wholeheartedly encouraged to take STEM subjects going forward to develop their careers.
Bottle Rocket Design and Launch workshops.
Class workshops where the students design and build their own bottle rockets.
I encourage them to try different designs, to attempt the best rocket flight possible on launching. Once completed, the rockets will be launched safely in the playground or playing field using water and compressed air.
If time permits, or older pupils are involved, an added extension to this lesson is to look at each design and identify if their designs worked (or not) during the launch. The students can then work out what effect each addition to their rocket had and look at how they would change their original design to improve future launches. Real Rocket Scientists!
Click on the E Mail address below to contact me to arrange a visit to your school.
I have a current DBS Certificate, but a teacher must be present at all times during the lessons, workshops and planetarium shows.
All our electrical appliances are routinely checked for safety.
They undergo an annual In-service inspection & testing of electrical equipment (PAT Test), to ensure complete safety.
See below some of the testimonials sent to me after school visits.
Our planetarium day with @DaveEagle45 from @PlanetariumDome was sensational! To show you how much we enjoyed it, we made you a little video.
We wish we could do it all over again ☆
— Mrs Wood's Class (@Southfield1W) January 23, 2020
“Thank you for your school visit, the children, from year 1 to the year 5’s, really enjoyed learning in the planetarium and found lots to talk about once we were out! The year 1’s loved designing, making and then flying their rockets, such a wow afternoon!”
“My class and I had the pleasure of spending a whole school day with Dave. We learned about everything from Tim Peake’s time on the ISS, to the Moons of Mars. The planetarium was absolutely fantastic with high quality educational videos and beautiful animations that transported us from the school hall, all the way out and into space. The children had the opportunity to plan, design and build space rockets and launch them on the school field, which was a highlight of the day. The children were absolutely captivated as were the staff. We can’t wait to invite Dave back to share more of his passion and knowledge with us in the future. Thank you for inspiring the children. They have been talking about you and their day with you, ever since you left.”
“We are having such a great morning with @DaveEagle45 learning about Tim Peake, the planets, STEM and Neil Armstrong The planetarium was out of this world “
“Your visit was an amazing part of our Space Week and the children loved it; we’re very grateful to you for kicking off our week in style”.
“Thank you so much for yesterday. The children really enjoyed the experience. Many teachers also commented on how the children were ‘buzzing’ about the day too. The children particularly enjoyed the Planetarium itself, launching the rockets and also the amazing assembly!”
“I just wanted to say thank you so much for coming in to our school. The children absolutely loved your visit and were really inspired.”
“Year 5 had an out of this world visit from Star Gazing Dave today. They enjoyed a talk about planets and the ISS in the planetarium this morning, before building and launching rockets in the playground this afternoon. A fab day was had by all. “
“The bottle rocket workshop was a really fun and engaging educational activity which allowed all of our children to take part. The children showed great excitement and enthusiasm and were able to work collaboratively to achieve the outcomes that you had set at the beginning of the workshop. The workshop also included an outdoor learning aspect which the children thoroughly enjoyed. We would highly recommend your workshops to other primary schools and would be keen to have these workshops in the future.”
“I adore the bit where you said ‘Don’t let anyone ruin your dream’.”
“We really enjoyed you teaching us. I hope you can visit us again soon.”
“This was one of the best assemblies ever.”
“Dave came to our Space Day in February and it was absolutely fantastic. He did Planetarium shows for each class of the school which were all tailored to the age group and previous learning of the groups, a brilliant STEM assembly to the whole school and a bottle rocket workshop for our KS2. All of the children were excited and engaged throughout and were all in awe of the wonderful pictures and videos that Dave showed them. They have not stopped talking about Space Day since and we can’t wait to have Dave back again as soon as possible! We cannot recommend Dave highly enough – Thank you for such a totally fantastic day!”
“Thank you so much for your assembly and workshop yesterday. The children were really buzzing about it and have been talking about all the facts they learned, as well as about how much fun they had! We are all very grateful to you for giving your time to get our Space Week started in such an exciting way!”
“The children all really enjoyed it and I thought every part was pitched perfectly got them with lots of awe and wonder. Many thanks.”
The variety and mix of activities can be totally flexible and can be varied depending on the needs at your school.
Click on the E Mail address below to contact me to arrange a visit to your school.
Tel: 07917 177715