What is Astronomy Week?
This is a unique experience provided by the CMSE that begins in the classroom and ends with a visit from our mobile planetarium. Several Earth and Space Science lessons and materials are provided which teachers typically completed on Monday through Thursday. These resources can be picked up from any of the University of Mississippi regional campuses (Desoto, Tupelo, Booneville, Grenada). On Friday, CMSE facilitators bring a mobile planetarium for students to visit throughout the day.
Who is it for?
Astronomy Week lessons are applicable to students ranging from elementary through high school and students as young as kindergarten are able to grasp concepts shown in the planetarium shows. The planetarium will hold approximately 25 children and sessions range from 20-45 minutes, according to the teacher’s schedule. Only requests for 100 students or more will be considered for school showings while a maximum of 350 students can be accommodated in one day. Please view our full policy here.
What is the cost?
This opportunity is available at a fraction of the cost associated with a traditional planetarium experience. Costs include $250 for one school day (min 100 students; max 350 students) and $0.535 per mile incurred by round trip travel between the school and the Center for Mathematics and Science Education (1111 Jackson Avenue West, Oxford MS 38655). If one-way travel is greater than 60 miles, a lodging expense of $150 per night will also be included. If two days are required due to having more than 350 students, the cost is $375 in addition to mileage and lodging