BRAWLEY — Forgoing the years of study and training traditionally necessary, the students at J.W. Oakley Primary School here transformed into astronauts for 45-minute tours of the universe Monday and today.
Despite looking like a giant foil Jiffy Pop bubble, the inflatable Starlab Planetarium brought to the school's cafeteria by Mobile Ed Productions, Inc. of Michigan was the perfect setting to fire up students' imaginations with the amazing reality of outer space.
Someone must have tipped off second-grader Ivan Urias as he waited to enter the planetarium's entrance tunnel because he seemed to have a pretty good idea what he'd find inside.
"A star," Ivan said, smiling a toothless grin.
In the interior darkness, Mobile Ed Productions Instructor Shelton Basham combined slides of nebulas and galaxies with a good helping of energy and enthusiasm to bring the far reaches of space into the minds of his audience members.