By Raylah Neil-Nili from Room 18
On Tuesday, the 18th of february, the AMAZING syndicate of Manaakitanga took 2 (very crowded) buses to Stardome. It is a very educational place that has a big grassy field just in front of it.
Before we could quietly march inside the building, we had to do some activities (that include the Solar System). In the first group with Mr. Ofamo’oni, we had to hold a sheet, and make it as flat as we could, to test with some normal balls. He put the balls onto the sheet and we saw what happened. The heavier balls pulled the smaller balls towards them. It is kind of like the sun with the planets. The sun pulls the planets in and the planets spin around in continuous circles to prevent being pulled into the burning flames of the dwarf star (Our Sun).
In the second group with the men parents, we measured the planets farthest and closest to the sun. I was earth. Some of the children had to go way way down to the trees by the other side of the path. It was fun sharing information about which planets were closest to the sun, because that way, more people can learn about the amazing Solar System that we live in. It turns out that earth is in a place people call the “Goldilocks Zone” . This is because it is hot enough and cold enough for life to go on. Some planets are much too cold to have life, and some planets are much too hot for life.
In the very last group with the lady parent helpers, we formed a circle to represent earth. We didn’t do much in that group. We had fun jumping 12 long long jumps to see if we were all equal (which we weren’t).
We finally got to go inside the fascinating building of Stardome. We put our bags in the cages and made our way toward the first Stardome Theatre. John was going to spend 30 minutes with us, telling us interesting facts about our very own Solar System. Something new I learned is that Pluto is a dwarf planet and it belongs to the Kuiper Belt. We had a scavenger hunt after that, and I was on team sun! Nathan, Anatasia, and I all rushed around trying to find the answers to the questions as fast as we could. A few more minutes after we took our ipads to John, we had to sit down in lines to wait to walk quietly into the Stardome Observatory Theatre (Theatre number 2).
John had a little prep talk to us before we could watch a movie (about the Solar System). He also told us that if the fire alarm went off, there were two doors that we could use. The last thing he said before setting up the video is that if we felt dizzy we just needed to look at something that was still as a statue. For example, your feet. We spent the rest of the trip watching the video and learning a few more facts about our Solar System ( Like the fact that Pluto is a dwarf planet in the Kuiper Belt). To me, it had been an amazing opportunity and a very educational trip for us all.