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This is a two-hour visit that consists of one hour of a mixture of presenter led and animated dome shows, one half an hour workshop and a half hour exhibition tour. This can be tailored to preference and to cover many aspects of the curriculum.

Junior Certificate (ROI)

Our new program developed for pupils completing their Junior Cert covers a number of elements of the curriculum...

GSCE

Our GSCE program hits on a number os key points from the curriculum; come along on a interstellar journey...

A-Level

Our program for A-Level pupils will take an in-depth look at the universe and astronomical phenomena...

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Junior Certificate (Republic of Ireland)

These sessions cover material from the "Earth and Space" and "Physical World" modules in the Junior Cycle Science Syllabus.

Join us for a full dome-show, "We Are Stars", which looks at the origins of the Universe and where we came from. Then, let us take you on a celestial journey around the planets, or to look at phenomena observable from Earth such as: the seasons, lunar phases and eclipses.

Finish the two-hour session with an interactive workshop designed to inspire and invigorate an understanding of the Universe before finding out more about life in Space on board the International Space Station.Also, have a hands-on experience with extra-terrestrial objects such as the meteorites on display in the Planetarium.

Visit start times: 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am and 12:30pm. Afternoon visits available upon request.

We Are Stars seeks to answer some of the biggest questions of all time, what are we made of and where did it all come from? The film explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, our explosive origins and connects life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe. The show offers an immersive experience that perfectly balances scientific understanding with family entertainment. Narrated by Andy Serkis
Recommended Dome Show for junior certificate

We Are Stars

We Are Stars covers Module A2 of the Junior Certificate Syllabus; scientific models to explain the origin of the Universe. It covers how Hydrogen was formed in The Big Bang, gravity, the formation of proto-galaxies, stars and nuclear fusion. It also explains how elements are formed, how our solar system was formed and how our own planet was formed billions of years ago. We Are Stars also explains how we think life formed and the process of Evolution. This show is fun, informative and visually stunning. Run-Time: 26 Minutes.

Let our education team take you into the stars

Live Guided Tour of The Cosmos

Our presenter lead portion of our dome-show covers Modules A1, A3 and A4 in a new and engaging way. Get an up-close look at all the planets in our solar system and understand their path around our Sun. Travel to distant stars and galaxies and realise just how small our own star is. See the expanse of our universe before your eyes - all from the comfort of our digital theatre!

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Rocket Building

A firm favourite for a school visit to Armagh Planetarium! Build and launch your very own rocket. Use the materials provided to construct the best rocket; how many wings should it have? How aerodynamic can it be? How will weight impact its flight pattern?

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Creative Circuits

This new workshop encompasses the basics of electricity and circuit making. What conducts and what does not? Do you know the difference between a series and parallel circuit? Act out a visual story to help explain the processes of electricity and the build your own circuit!

Exhibition Tour

Your opportunity to ask any burning questions you have about space! A member of our Education Team will lead you through the career and daily life as an astronaut; could you become one? Furthermore, your class will enjoy a hands-on experience with the largest meteorite on display in Ireland as well as receive some tips for identifying a space rock versus an Earth rock.

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Make a Junior Cycle Session Enquiry

For more information, pricing and booking please contact:

E: reception@armagh.ac.uk

T: 028 3752 3689 / 00442837523689

GSCE & A-Level

We are developing our GSCE & A-Level programmes for schools located in Northern Ireland. See below for an overview of what we can offer your school during a visit to the Planetarium.

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Dome Shows

Perfect Little Planet – During this dome show we follow our family of friendly aliens on their quest to find a perfect planet in our own solar system on which to have an extended vacation. We will visit each planet, visit some moons and even our own sun. Which planet in our solar system would make for a relaxing holiday? The answer could be closer to home than you might think!
We Are Stars seeks to answer some of the biggest questions of all time, what are we made of and where did it all come from? The film explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, our explosive origins and connects life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe. The show offers an immersive experience that perfectly balances scientific understanding with family entertainment. Narrated by Andy Serkis
Produced by Armagh Planetarium this is a seasonal tour around the night sky as seen from Ireland. Let our presenters guide you through the beautiful objects and constellations seen at this time of year. This presentation also shows you how to identify meteorites and is ideal for anyone starting out in astronomy or interested in learning about what can be seen in the night sky.
This dome show narrated by Ewan McGregor explains the trials, tribulations and joys associated with becoming an astronaut. With our helpful test subject Chad on hand we are able to see the effects of space travel and training on human beings. Are you up for the task?
Accidental Astronauts – This dome show allows us to follow Annie, Cy and his pup Armstrong on an accidental adventure into our solar system with the help of a rebellious rocket! We journey to an asteroid, our moon and our sun – but will be make it back on time for the school bus home? Join us on this adventure to find out!
Edge of Darkness features amazing scenes of places never before seen, gathered by key space missions. It features a spectacular flight though the great cliffs on comet 67P, a close look at the fascinating bright “lights” on Ceres, and the first ever close ups of dwarf binary planet Pluto/Charon and its moons. It also looks at the Bovedy and Sprucefield Meteorites. Narrated by Hayley Atwell, Agent Carter, from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the ABC television series.

Starting from July 20th 2019:

This is an immersive, historical documentary that showcases the achievements of the Apollo programme and what it took to put the first human on the Moon. It introduces a new generation to the immense challenges that were overcome and will inspire them to become the explorers, designers, engineers, thinkers and dreamers of the future!

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Rockets

A firm favourite in a school trip to the Planetarium. In pairs or teams you can assemble your rocket from the rocket parts on hand and blast it off into the sky! Whose rocket will fly the highest and why might that be?  

Mars Lander

Design a Mars Lander to drop from a height to emulate the experiences of the NASA engineers trying to do that same thing! Can it safely land? Is there any damage? Whose Lander will survive its descent?

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