To further explore space and the stars, the Grades 1 and 2 classes went further by visiting the Planetarium at the Osaka Science Museum. As we don't get to see so many stars in the night sky over Kobe, this was a great way to extend upon what we have been studying in class. During the 45 minute presentation in the planetarium, we could observe how the sun, moon and planets move overhead from east to west. We could also learn about how the stars turn around the North Star, Polaris and learnt how to find it by following the stars from the Big Dipper.
The museum was also full of exhibits and interactive displays related to space as well. There was a scale that shows how much you would weigh on other planets. They also had a rotating seat that lets you observe how the moon works in connection to the sun and Earth to change phases. They even had a scale model of the planets and sun, and real pieces of meteorites that have come from space and landed on the Earth!
Other exhibits throughout the museum let the students experiment with magnetism and how electricity can be created by using their own energy to turn turbines by running on a treadmill, or by pedalling. They also had some fun with optics and sound by looking at their reflections in multiple mirrors, or by yelling into an echo tube or by playing a transparent piano to see how it works.
It was a fun day that really helped us learn how the world works!