StarLab is an igloo-shaped, portable inflatable planetarium. (It fits into three
suitcase-sized containers.) Its outstanding use is to inspire especially children and
young people as to the wonders of science through the medium of astronomy.
StarLab can accommodate between 30 children and 20 adults. It is therefore ideally
suited to small, intimate groups. Persons applying to host StarLab must be technically
inclined, knowledgeable about astronomy and above all, be very good presenters.
SAASTA, through its Museum of Science and Technology, makes StarLab available on
a national basis to persons, institutions or communities who run science
outreach programmes and have facilities and staff to operate StarLab and present
astronomy programmes. To make it worthwhile and to attract as many visitors as
possible, hosts should be prepared to accommodate StarLab for between one to three
months. Emphasis is placed on making StarLab available to disadvantaged communities. No
rental is charged but hosts will be responsible for transportation and insurance costs.