From December 11 to December 13, 2002, the Star Lab from the Bishop Museum came to our school. The Star Lab is a blow up dome, which has a special machine that projects stars. This multimedia system includes a slide projector, a star-making machine and a tape recorder.
The Star Lab is twelve and a half feet high. When we were inside, we felt like we were actually outside, looking at the night sky.
Long ago, ancient Hawaiians used the stars for navigation. Like many other cultures, they also had their own stories for different constellations. In contrast, today, scientists use the Mauna Kea Observatory on the Big Island of Hawaii to study stars.
One of the shows we saw was called "Explorers of Mauna Kea." The presentation was full of constellations, legends for different stars, and learning. When you crawled into the Star Lab, you were entering a dark adventure of fun and learning.
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