IMPORTANT NOTE: Keith Johnson will be retiring at the end of June 2016. The new director will undoubtedly be setting up the school program differently, so much of the following information will no longer be valid. Send email to her (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (856-256-4389)well after July 1 for more information.
The school program at Edelman Planetarium is designed to meet four goals: (1) Encourage students to feel the excitement of scientific knowledge and discovery; (2) Suggest to them that science is something that they can understand and even do; (3) Show them that the universe is more than what they can see on TV or in front of their houses; (4) Teach them facts about astronomy.
School shows generally include two sections. One is a "live" presentation of the current night sky, including stars, constellations, planets, and interesting telescopic objects. The second is a full-dome educational movie about some aspect of the universe: planets, stars, etc. The two sections together generally take up about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes.
Nominal show times are Monday through Friday at 9:30 and 11:00 AM, though we can usually accommodate requests for other times, such as early afternoons.
Admission fees are normally $3 per person, for both children and adults; however, due to a generous ongoing donation by Jean and Ric Edelman, school admission fees will not be charged for anyone attending with a school or youth group.
Parking on campus is a challenge right now due to major construction. You should have received a map (and other information) via email after you made your reservation, but here is a low-resolution version of that map:
And here is a high-resolution PDF of the map. We apologize for the complexity of the map, but we felt that you probably can benefit from having plenty of information!
If you have parking questions, you can Parking Services directly (856-256-4575) to get the latest information on construction and campus events for that day. If you use buses, please enter the campus from Carpenter St., follow that road around the curve to James Hall (the Education Building), and drop off the children in front, The planetarium is a short walk around Robinson Hall to the Science Hall on the other side; buses will probably need to park in Lot C during the show. Information for private cars will be posted here soon (the parking policies are currently evolving!). Official campus maps are available at http://www.rowan.edu/map.
We are not officially able to provide a place to eat sack lunches, nor is the school food service available for large groups from outside the Rowan campus.
To make reservations, call Keith Johnson at 856-256-4389 during business hours, or send him an email. You can check for availability of dates on our calendar of currently-scheduled events (note that boxes labeled "School show" are slots that are ALREADY assigned; you need to find a slot that does NOT have a box showing).
Click here for a list of the various shows available. We do occasionally add new shows, so this list will be changing.
Last updated 6/3/2016