MCLA Announces Starlab Training Workshop for Local Educators


NORTH ADAMS, MA - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has announced that its Regional Science Resource Center and the Berkshire STEM Pipeline Network invites local educators to participate in an upcoming STARLAB training workshop, on March 2, 4:30-6:30 p.m., in the MCLA Church Street Center. 

This two-hour training session will focus on the use of STARLAB, a portable planetarium. According to Chris Himes, STEM program manager, the STARLAB is a fun and novel way to discuss the night sky, constellations and other astronomical topics.

"It is our hope that after participating in the workshop, teachers from across Berkshire County will be comfortable using the equipment and be able to bring STARLAB to their school," Himes said.

Himes will co-lead this workshop with MCLA education professor Dr. Nick Stroud.

At the end of this workshop teachers will be able to follow all proper procedures, as well as independently setup, operate and break down STARLAB, and demonstrate knowledge of the requirements for storing, setting up, and operating STARLAB. Workshop participants also will learn how to operate the star projector and gain access to established lesson plans and activities.

For more information or to sign up to participate in the STARLAB workshop, e-mail Himes at or call him at 413-662-5222. To join a new mailing list for educators, go to