Please take advantage of Fiske's incredibly low prices for 2012! We are pleased to bring Starlab to you for on-site outreach at low cost: $200 for the 1st hour and each additional hour at $100/hour. Please see below for a list of additional outreach activities.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Q. How big is StarLab?
STARLAB is 25 feet across and 13 feet high. Requires electricity; Fiske staff will bring electrical cords, cord covers, etc. Please make sure that floor is reasonably clean and clear of sharp objects before set-up.
- Q. Can StarLab be set up outside?
No, wind and sun are too damaging to the dome.
- Q. How many people fit inside?
Up to 20 kids or adults (includes Fiske staff); up to 25 small children. STARLAB is wheelchair-accessible. Please let us know how we may accommodate your students with special needs.
- Q. How much does it cost to rent?
Hour 1: $200 -- includes 2 Fiske staff, set-up and take-down (30 minutes each), and up to 60 minutes of presentation. Allow 5-10 minutes per group to enter/exit each presentation. For younger students, we recommend 15-30 minute shows rather than a single 45-60 minute show. We are responsive to your class period lengths and will adjust our programs accordingly.
Additional hours: $100 per hour.
- Q. What do the students learn?
Programs are tailored to classroom needs and aligned with CO state standards for science (handout provided to teachers upon request). When possible, programs are interactive and hands-on (students may use sticky notes and/or whiteboards to predict or explain observations).
- Q. May adults participate?
Adults are encouraged to join students for all activities. For student safety, teachers or authorized school staff must accompany each class. Principals and other administrative staff are welcome at any time!
- Q. What is available for students waiting their turn to go inside?
For an additional $50/hour, 1 or 2 more Fiske staff will engage students in one of the following activities:
- Daytime astronomy with telescopes and/or sunspotters
- Hands-on exploration of meteorites
- Infrared (IR) camera
- Body astronomy (modeling the movement of celestial bodies with people)
- Toilet paper solar system (a scale model of the solar system made with toilet paper)
- Q. Are there any other costs?
For all events that Fiske staff drives to, we will charge $0.50/mile roundtrip to help pay for gas and tolls. If your event is located within 25 miles of Fiske, then you are only charged the gas rate. If you are between 25-50 miles of Fiske, you will be charges $20 for the aditional drive time plus the gas rate. If you are located outside of 50 miles, you will be charged $20 for every hour of drive time plus the gas rate. If Fiske staff must stay at your location for more than four hours or incur other expenses, we will negotiate an appropriate surcharge. For example, for an overnight stay we may request that you provide room and board to Fiske staff.
- Q. What else is happening at Fiske?
Please visit out calendar or call our Main Office. Early childhood and K-12 classes are encouraged to schedule daytime shows or hands-on workshops throughout the year.
- Q. How do I schedule a StarLab visit?
To schedule a visit, please contact us via email or phone.
- Q. How do I pay for a StarLab visit?
Please make checks payable to University of Colorado or stop by Fiske before the visit to pay by cash or credit card (MasterCard, Visa or AMEX only).