Assessing the Effect of a Digital Planetarium Show on the
Astronomical Understanding of Fifth Graders
Although one-time planetarium shows have been popular field trips for elementary school classes over the past few decades, research on the effectiveness of these shows in increasing student understanding of astronomical concepts is spotty and mixed. There is even less research on the efficacy of new digital full-dome planetarium technology. This talk discusses the results of a study done with fifth grade students to test the relative efficacy of hands-on 3-D models and a digital full-dome planetarium show in teaching the sun-earth-moon system.