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WOW moments for KS1

More than just a 'Wow'?

We are often invited by teachers to come into schools to be part of a 'wow' moment for their pupils - something that they can use to launch their science topic in a big way, or as a grand finale to allow the children to demonstrate their understanding of a topic. But we wanted to know, beyond the excitement of the day, can the Dome experience have a lasting effect on the learning of the children?...

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Pictures of Space

Pictures from Westgate Academy

Jim and Riha had a fantastic day yesterday at Westgate Academy in Lincoln where they met all the Year 6 and welcomed them inside the Dome. After the visit, the students were told they could produce any piece of work they wanted to show what they had learned inside the Dome, and Jim and Riha were lucky to be sent some from Class 6S...

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Model of Brain

Let's talk about brains!

There are many ways to improve concentration, long-term and short-term memory. Something as simple as a cup of coffee can make us more alert, and exercise has been shown to have a positive effect on memory. Positive cognitive effects have also been demonstrated with herbs such as rosemary or mint. But what about if you could take a pill to have the same, or better, effect? Would you do it? We went to see what Y11 thought...

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The beautiful island of Sark

Dome tour of the Channel Islands 2017

Explorer Dome have visited Guernsey for 15 years, but never before had we been to Jersey. So the mobile planetarium and a huge pile of kit was squeezed into a van with Ben and Jim and we headed off on the ferry...

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Explorer Dome New Planetarium Projector

Our Amazing New Projector

Explorer Dome is the first UK planetarium to be using the new Digitar Lite planetarium projector system. From the same company that provides the mind-blowing 3D experience of the large At-Bristol planetarium, a smaller, extremely portable, affordable fisheye projector is available from Summer 2017...

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Explorer Dome Chemistry Show

Local RSC supports our Chemistry Shows in schools

The Royal Society of Chemistry have announced their support for our chemistry shows yet again! £1500 is available to schools in 2017 in the form of a 40% refund on the cost (excluding VAT) of a visit from Explorer Dome...

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Big Bang Bristol

Big Bang Bristol 2017

Explorer Dome joined a multitude of STEM professionals, researchers and communicators for the first ever Big Bang held in Bristol this July...

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Explorer Dome On Tour

On Tour in Cyprus!

Explorer Dome regularly travels outside of the UK and three of our presenters have just come back from our biennial Cyprus tour, where they visited eight different schools with six of our interactive shows over the course of three and a half weeks...

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Explorer Dome Midlands

Explorer Dome in the Midlands!

This year has seen a big development for Explorer Dome with the launch of our Birmingham-based mobile dome. Although we have been around since 1998, this is the first time that we have had a dome that travels from outside of Bristol. Having a base in Birmingham now means we can easily reach schools across the West Midlands, East Midlands, Mid Wales and beyond...

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