Sandlapper Society


Starlab is a portable, inflatable planetarium dome that accommodates up to 30 students. It is complete with everything needed for planetarium demonstrations: projection cylinders, program outlines, student activities and assessment guides. Lessons are linked to S.C. Science Curriculum Standards. Four-week notice required.

Very Important Starlab Information

Room size: We need a room with at least 11' ceilings and 24' floorspace in both directions. The dome is intended for inside use only.

Generally, presentations start no earlier than 9:00am; however, this is negotiable, depending on the driving distance from the Museum.



Grades 1-4 • Standards: 1-3.1, 3.2, 5.1, 4-3.8

Students will learn how to identify the most prominent stars and constellations including Polaris, Ursa Major, Sirius, Procyon, Orion, Betelguise, and more.  Students will discuss the current conditions in their night and day skies, including any visible planets, the moon, scheduled meteor showers, and other activity. Older students may discuss cardinal points and direction, the ecliptic, zodiac signs and Greek Mythology.


Grades K-4 • Standards: K-4.1, 4.2, 4.3; 1-3.3, 5.4; 4-3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.7; 8-4.4, 4.5

Learn about the reasons for the seasons: Students look at the earth’s spin, axis, distance from the sun, rotation and revolution, and how the sun affects the earth.  Students may also be introduced to the Chinese seasons, as well as the solstices and equinoxes.

Phases of the Moon

Grades 4-5 • Standards: 1-5.4; 4-3.5, 3.6

In this lesson students will be able to see all of the phases of the moon.  They will learn the names and order of each phase, the relative locations of the phases in the sky, and why these phases occur.

* Additional topics upon request include: Moon topography, how the moon causes the tides, and eclipses. Standards for tides program: 1-5.2; 4-3.6; 8-4.6, 4.7

Solar System

Grades 1, 8 • Standards: 1-5.1, 5.4; 4-3.1, 3.2, 3.3; 8-4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.9

Students will discuss characteristics of all of the planets in our solar system.  General topics include: physical properties of planets including our Earth and our sun, distance of planets from the sun, moons, galaxies, solar system activity, and the classification of Pluto.

African Mythology

Grades 2-6 • Standards: 6-1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 4.1

Learn how constellation figures as seen by many African cultures the Dogon, Bushmen, Masai and Egyptians — marked key events, such as the beginning of the planting season, and signified important moral lessons.

Native American Mythology

Grades 2-6 • Standards: 6-4.4; 2-1.1, 1.2, 1.3; 4-2.2

See the night sky through the eyes of various Native American tribes— Navajo, Shoshoni, Cherokee, Hopi, and others— and learn how the stars ushered in the seasons and how they explained the various phenomena of nature.


Grades 6-12 • Standards: 6-4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.7, 4.8, 4.9

Students will learn about Earth’s atmospheric circulation patterns, including location of wind systems, jet streams, and high and low air pressure masses. They also will explore storm and pressure systems, longitude and latitude coordinate plotting and other global weather phenomena.

Continents Adrift

Grades 8-12 • Standards: 8-3.1, 3.2, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8

Investigate Earth’s crustal plates, trenches, rift zones, volcanic activity and more for evidence of the theories of continental drift, sea floor spreading and plate tectonics.


Option One: $400
A museum instructor will bring the Star Lab to your school. We can provide up to 4 programs per day.  Each program lasts approximately 45 minutes, and can accommodate up to 30 students.  Instructor can arrive as early as 9:00 a.m. (*negotiable for local schools). Fee includes set up and break down of Star Lab equipment, instructor, lessons, and travel up to 150 Miles.  Additional miles traveled or overnight lodging may require additional fee.

Option Two: $600

Bring the Planetarium to your school:  You can rent the Star Lab for an entire week (Monday–Friday), and teach the programs yourself! We will bring curriculum materials for up to two different programs, and provide a free training on how to use the equipment.  We also drop off and pick up the Star Lab at your school.  This provides teachers with a more flexible teaching schedule, as well as the ability to accommodate more students. We can also assist you in tailoring the programs to accommodate a wider range of grade levels.

Option Three: $3/person
Include the Star Lab in your next museum field trip! For $3 per person, you can schedule to see the Star Lab here at the museum. There is a required minimum of 10 people per session, and a maximum of four sessions daily.

We must receive advanced notice; call the Group Visits office at (803) 898-4999
or email

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