A planetarium is a special building designed to display all the wonders of the solar system. Children with special needs have a wide range of abilities which is well displayed and improved upon during field trips. Visit to Birla Planetarium, Chennai by children of Sri Arunodyam on 27th February gave an opportunity to explore astronomy and space science. It was a vision of spectacular objects that can be seen in the Solar System and beyond, at a level appropriate to the pupil’s abilities.
It is our long time dream to take our children to this planetarium and science park. For the kids, going to a planetarium was sort of like climbing into a time machine as it shows what the sky used to look like and how it might look in the future. They experienced what it would be like to travel in a spaceship throughout the universe. Children learn where to look for constellations and planets.
Birla planetarium was an Indoor Universe it had provisions to execute diurnal, annual, latitudinal and processional motions. The special effect projectors inside the Planetarium recreated some of the most awe-inspiring astronomical phenomena on the specially perforated aluminum inner dome.
Multi-dimensional activities and multimedia projection arrangements are incorporated inside the sky theatre that make the programme further lively and excitedone. The Planetarium, which is fully computerized, and could seat 236 persons at a time.
Children had the opportunity to visit the following places inside the planetarium.
Science Park – This was a garden with interactive exhibits is a novel concept which provides a gateway to learn the basic principles of science and technology in a healthy, open air and natural environment.
Traffic Park: This Park allows the children to learn the safety measures and other road rules and regulations.
Energy Park: This Park comprises real gadgets to emphasis the importance of renewable energy.
Eco Park: Go around the park and enjoy science in a non formal way.
The visit to the above places by our children was something to be looked up, as normally people feel science is only of intelligent brain, but on the contrary our kids with limited brain power could grasp and understand a lot about universe they live it. This was well displayed in their discussion after their visit and their apt answers to the questions by their trainers on the way back and in the classes later.
It was a day filled with joy and new learning to the children. Children enjoyed the exhibits. They had a sumptuous meal for lunch and played games like during the lunch time we conducted the following games for the children Bombing the city, Running Race, Passing the ball, hitting the tree with the ball.