What you get
With this astronomy kit for kids, build and construct a planetarium to explore the night sky and see how it changes throughout the year. Wire up your planetarium to model the motion of the stars and observe how the night sky changes.
Includes a step-by-step video tutorial link, illustrated blueprint instructions, all the materials, and a special-edition Tinker Zine magazine to learn more!
From the desk of the product designer:
Behind the design
“We wanted to bring the magic of space indoors. What better way to do that than a planetarium?”- The KiwiCo Product Design team
By the numbers
Constellations included: 16
LED bulbs tested: 6
Times we crawled under a desk to test the projection: 31
The kit was fantastic, and he loved putting it together. He LOVED going into a dark room to run a star show . There are several things that should be improved: 1 - the foam stickers barely held on, and the planetarium pieces constantly threatened to come off the ring - I ended up using scotch tape to tape them all down while he moved on to building the other pieces. 2 - the kit is great, but he could not find information on which constellations were which anywhere, not even on the tinkerzine (I checked - nada)- and I tried to find a printable, but it hasn't been so easy (still haven't succeeded) - it would be great if a one-pager with labeled constellations (just the ones on the planetarium) were provided, so he could identify the constellations in his 'star show'.
This was a fun kit and we used it as a nightlight for a while afterwards.
This crate led to a lot more family time once we decided to start star gazing at night! We did more research on th concepts we learned and went outside to explore more.