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Planetarium Shows and Example Stories

Events include:

1. Solar System Tour and Beyond - KS2/3
2. Space Exploration (Apollo Moon Landings) - KS1/2
3. Dinosaur Show - KS1/2/3
4. Rocks, Soils and Fossils - KS2/3/4
5. Earth and Beyond - KS1/2
6. Light/Dark and Space - KS1
7. Light and Sound - KS1/2
8. Ancient Egypt (or Greece) and the Stars - KS1/2
9. Under the Sea - KS1/2 or .. Weather - KS1/2
10. Pirates and the Sea - KS1
11. Fractal Dome (Maths and Natural Symmetry) - KS2/3/4
12. Down to Earth (Volcanoes and Earth's History) - KS1/2/3/4  
13. Nano Cam Show (Biodiversity at Micro-level) - KS2/3/4   

Secondary School programme available with full planetarium shows and films. Click for Secondary School page Secondary


The shows consist of using the dome, with some outside interaction if time permits. The topics listed above can be mixed during the day, with different shows in the afternoon perhaps. Not all topics available at each location- please ask.

Programmes can be partial constructed by the school in advance of visit to reflect current classroom subjects.

All these shows will help in the Creative Curriculum assisting topic based learning using our 360 degree screen and all surround computer films and art work.


Light and Sound

Light is given off from an object or reflected by it. Light travels in straight lines. The sun is a source of light because it makes light (luminous), like a burning ball. Other things seem to shine so brightly like a mirror, but they reflect light. Examples from solar system with the moon and sun in 3D. Rainbow and colours. Refraction and reflection. Sound is a vibration in the air. Sound travels through the air in waves. How much energy or amplitude of sound. How sound is measured. Sources of sound.


Rocks, Soils and Fossils KS1/KS2/KS3

There are three different types of rocks on earth. Metamorphic, Sedimentary and Igneous. Examples of rocks to hold. Fossils are found in sedimentary rocks. Fossils provide evidence that different life existed in the past. Rocks and Soils are used for many purposes. Houses, roads and factories are built with materials from rocks. Glass is produced. Soils types to hold. Metal extraction. Panning for fools gold


The Dinosaur Show

The show includes immersive Full Dome 360 degree images of dinosaurs, and real dinosaur fossils to hold and examine. Our giant 360 degree projector is used to walk through a dinosaur landscape.

The show starts with time travel back to the Jurassic times and pictures of early earth landscapes. The programme then gives an interactive introduction to dinosaurs and talks about the fossils in the local Jurassic coast. 360 degree pictures of dinosaurs are used in the show. Real dinosaur fossils for the children to hold and examine are included.

Part of our Dinosaur Show -- our new film for 2013 Dinosaurs at Dusk: Take to the skies and discover the origins of flight in Mirage 3D's latest full-dome production: Dinosaurs at Dusk, a fun-filled a story about teenage Lucy and her dad, who share a passion for flying and a fascination for all things that fly. You'll experience the thrill of paragliding over the countryside, feel what it's like to soar like a falcon, and travel back in time to meet the flying pterosaurs and the ancestors of modern day birds: the feathered dinosaurs. Dinosaurs at Dusk is all about flight, and dinosaurs: a one-of-a-kind, family-friendly learning adventure in the most amazing movie format ever invented! Science content also includes topics such as continental drift, proper motion of stars, asteroids and impacts, extinctions and the convergent development of flight among species.

The show ends with possible ways of dinosaur extinction such as a large meteorite. We then look at the stars using the planetarium. We observe many shooting stars and the night's sky.

 An extensive Rocks and Fossils collection is available to examine and some sample can be purchase by the children, if desired. Makes a great day suitable for reception onwards and can include KS1/KS2 materials with rocks and soils.



Earth and Beyond

The Earth, Moon and Sun are spherical bodies. Gravity, Day/Night, Seasons and Space. The exploration of the Moon. Moon phases. Light and Sound.



Down to Earth (Volcanoes and Earth's History)

We learn about Earth's ancient history by looking at the planet from space and then showing the pictures of the surface changing through time.
This is completed using our digital theatre and planetarium using a 360 degree picture and film sequence.
Pupils will learn the following;

    • Earth has a different appearance and continents in the past.
    • The core and make up of the interior
    • Different rocks structures
    • Different life and climate through time
    • Types of volcanoes and location
    • Continental drift and plates
    • Earthquake zones and oceans 



    Bio Dome Programmes

    • KS1/2 - 'Environments' on land and the ocean.
    • KS1/2 - 'Under the Sea'. 'Weather'. 'Pirates and the Sea'
    • KS1/2 - 'Mini beasts' or 'Tropical Reefs'
    • KS1/2 - 'Endangered Animals'
    • KS1/2 - 'Dinosaur Show'
    • KS2/3/4 - 'Biodiversity' with images of an electron microscope and the latest 3D animation technology showing the five kingdoms of living things. We discover their characteristics, form and their importance for the ecosystems
    • KS2/3/4 - 'Natural Selection'-- Adaptation and Evolution -- with our new film on Darwin
    • KS2/3/4 - 'Origins of Life'. Start of life on Earth and possible life in the solar system.
    • KS2/3/4 - 'Dinosaurs and past life'

    New films for 2013 (Year 5 to Secondary)-- these are 360 degree full dome professional films which can expand existing presented shows.

    • Dinosaurs at Dusk-- a new film about the origins of dinosaurs and flight
    • Story of the Beagle and Natural Selection
    • NanoCam -- award winning film on living ecosystems on a microscope



    Under the Sea

    We learn that many years ago sailing boats used to follow the stars for navigation. We take a journey on a boat and then go under the sea---many stories by sailors about life in the sea etc.

    Start journey to the bottom of the sea by a submarine and back again. The planetarium shows the Australian landscape and the Australian stars and refers to the southern cross and compass using the constellations. The Great Barrier reef and other under the sea locations are shown.

    Pirates and the Sea

    'Pirates show with many ship wrecks -- pictures of sailing ships and pirates ships and pirate flags from a 360 degree view. Australian stars and the southern cross and compass covered.
     -- we have pictures of caves and rocks which can be used for smuggling.

    All the above Under the Sea programme is shown if time permits--



    New Religious Studies Programme now available
    This programme can form part of an RS programme for all ages, and was developed to illustrate the story of Creation as told in the Bible.
    The 30 minute show includes a 10 minute video presentation, which can form part of an RS programme suitable for all ages from year 1, and illustrates the story of Creation in Genesis 1, including a zoom in through the Universe right down to the miniature structure of a leaf. If you've seen Google Earth, you get an idea of what this is like!


    We have two new modules which are designed to extend students thinking about SPACE and the world.

    'Introduction to Stargazing' and ‘Story telling and the Stars’

    The show 'Introduction to Stargazing' uses all the projectors below to give a star field and tour of the night's sky. The Science Dome has three star projectors which project a star field on the inner surface of the dome. The purpose is to demonstrate how the sky appears in the night sky and also how to observe various planets and shooting stars.



    One star projector is produced using a computer with state of the art Stellarium software. This can also be downloaded and used on a PC desktop. Visit the link below.


    The other two projectors use actual film of the real night sky and project a star field accurately with 10,000 stars. The star field moves across the dome also showing shooting stars and the moon.



    Natural History

    The mobile dome has local history presentations linked to the national campaign by National Trust and English Heritage. 

    This covers local historic sites and the Dorset heritage coastline.
    About the campaign
    Visit the website http://www.historymatters.org.uk/output/Page1.asp
    History Matters - pass it on is all about raising awareness of the importance of history in our everyday lives and encouraging involvement in heritage in England and Wales.








    Equipment is supplied by Click here for information on Digitalis Education Solutions

    Digitalis Education Solutions Website is worth looking at for 'Free Lesson Plans' used in the US and for the great pictures to illustrate our new projector Gamma 2008 system.

    The Science Dome is an independent dealer of a world leading provider of portable digital planetarium systems, Digitalis Education. See our UK Website for further details. Click  http://www.digitariumsciencedome.co.uk/




    The Legend of Orion

    Greece: the classical representation of the hero Orion shows him kneeling with his raised right arm brandishing a club, a shield or lion skin in his left. Orion was born to the childless widower Irieus, a poor shepherd, who invited the gods Zeus, Poseidon and Mercury to dinner without knowing who they were. Unable to offer them anything to eat, he butchered the only animal he had, an ox, and made them comfortable. For his sacrifice and hospitality the gods offered him anything he could want. Irieus asked for a son and Orion was born from the ox skin some months later. As Orion grew he became a great hunter, a womanizer and friend and lover of the goddess Artemis. Her brother, Apollo, became jealous of Artemis' infatuation with Orion and attempted to have him killed by a scorpion placed on his hunting path. As Orion approached, the scorpion fled. With the hunter in pursuit it jumped into the ocean and swam with Orion close behind. Apollo placed a beam of light on the swimmer and dared his sister to hit the tiny spot on the water. Never one to pass on a chance to showcase her hunting skills, Artemis killed her lover with a single arrow. His body washed up on the shore the next day. In her sorrow she asked that Zeus place him in the sky where he could remain for eternity with his hunting dogs and the hare Lepus. Apollo insisted that the scorpion be placed in the sky as well to commemorate the hunter's downfall.

    A constellation associated with Orion is Taurus, the ox from which he was born. Two star clusters, the Pleiades and the Hyades, represent daughters of Atlas who were the object of his unwanted affections. In an attempt to repel his advances the women were placed in the sky out of his reach. When Zeus agreed to allow Orion to become a constellation, he kept the hunter far enough from the sisters so that he could chase but never catch them. The scorpion is positioned so that it faces him. Sagittarius was placed next to the scorpion, with drawn bow aimed at the scorpion's heart should he try to advance toward Orion.

    The Legend of the Milky Way

    Milky Way: first seen to be individual stars by Galileo in 1609 when he used a telescope. The full splendor of the Milky Way can be viewed on a clear, moonless night. The dim light of a far off city will obliterate much of the galaxy. Ancient astronomers were at wits end trying to explain this apparent, dim circle that had nothing to do with the positions of the equinoxes or other important celestial guides. Anaxagoras saw it as a collection of stars whose light was partially obscured by the shadow of the Earth. Pythagoras said it was thousands of suns that were extremely far from the Earth and not very bright. Aristotle thought it was a great mass of luminous vapor higher than the ether but lower than the planets. Metrodorus claimed it marked the former path of the sun and Theophrastus thought it was the seam in the sky where the two hemispheres of the celestial vault didn't quite fit together. The light was that of the celestial beyond peaking through the ill fitting seam. Many peoples saw it as a river, others as heavenly smoke.

    Greece: classical Greek mythology describes the Milky Way in a number of colourful stories. One story described it as a smear of milk left after the infant Hercules suckled milk from Hera to gain her wisdom. When she realized that the child was the bastard son of Zeus and another woman, she pushed the baby away and the spurting milk became the Milky Way. An earlier story dates to the birth of Zeus whose father Cronus swallowed his children to protect his position as sky god. Rhea, the earth, not wanting to lose yet another child to her husband's jealousy, wrapped a stone in infant's clothes and gave it to her husband to swallow. Cronus asked her to nurse the child one more time before he swallowed it. Pressing the hard rock against her nipple, the spurting milk became the Milky Way. Another explanation says the Milky Way is the burned scar across the sky formed when Phaëthon inexpertly drove the sun chariot




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