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Sisters sitting together with mismatched socks

World Down Syndrome Day 2023

The theme for World Down Syndrome Day 2023 is ‘With Us Not For Us’. It is important to remember that people with Down syndrome are individuals who often live independent and successful lives, who need to be treated fairly and have the same opportunities as everyone else, working with others to help improve their lives.

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Explorer Dome at Middlezoy Primary

Back to school & Covid-secure!

Thank you Middlezoy! Your school, staff and children were fantastic hosts for Explorer Dome’s first visit of the new academic year. This marks Explorer Dome’s entry into a new era of covid-secure science outreach. Hand shaking & cups of tea on arrival are sadly on hold this term while hand sanitizing, floor washing, transparent visors and keeping our distance are things we all need to get used to.

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Explorer Dome at a distance

Adapting to the New Normal

The events of the past six months have impacted everyone, and every sector, in some way or another. We have all had to adapt our way of life, adjust our routines, and manage our expectations somewhat. New words and phrases have emerged from the morass, like WFH (working from home), “The New Normal”, and a seemingly tireless use of the word “unprecedented” ...

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Jess Woodward

Sky and Dome Reflections in Lockdown

"As one of the Explorer Dome's newest Presenters I have been blown away by the sheer passion and enjoyment that working in this star-studded environment can bring. The early mornings and sometimes long days get swept under the cloak of the night's sky as education becomes entangled in stories both of our own and the Ancient Greek's..."

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Explorer Dome at Litchefield Cathedral

Inspire at Litchfield Cathedral

One of the greatest benefits of working in a mobile planetarium is having the privilege of visiting some unusual and beautiful places. While we have put up our domes at some impressive venues in the past, including music festivals, weddings and even the Albert Hall, as far as stunning settings go the 800-year-old gothic splendor of Lichfield Cathedral takes quite a bit of beating...

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Louisa skywatching

Dome Life

Louisa from Explorer Dome shares her thoughts on the first months of her Dome Life!
"I’m new to Explorer Dome, and new to 5am wake ups! But as we head off from Bristol in all directions, to Devon, Cornwall, Gloucester and London, we soon wake up enough to start constellation spotting in the pre-dawn gloom..."

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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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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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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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