Interactive Education at the Greenhouse Learning Dome, Ashland, Oregon
The ScienceWorks Learning Dome in Ashland, Oregon is a Nature Smart greenhouse dome, home to many happy plants. Visitors are welcome to tour the Lomakatsi Restoration Project, where the greenhouse dome transforms sunshine into electricity to filter water and irrigate plants.
The prefabricated greenhouse dome and weather station at ScienceWorks was erected in 2007 as a hands-on Learning Dome, teaching exploratory research and responsible stewardship through restoration of local forests.
The iconic prefabricated greenhouse dome was donated by Pacific Domes of Ashland and the sophisticated watering system was installed by local water quality specialist and educator, Paul Kay.
How the ScienceWorks Learning Dome Works
Sunshine is converted into electricity from a portable solar panel generator in a process called photovoltaics, which powers the system’s pumps for floating wetlands and plants. Air pumps translate electrical energy into air bubbles pushing them to the bottom of the floating wetland tanks.
In photosynthesis, plants use natural sunshine to produce oxygen and sugar. The roots of the wetland plants filter irrigation water that is ready to recycle to other plants throughout the thriving ecosystem.
A water pump moves filtered water from tanks up to the top of the dome, filling a hanging barrel. Gravity pulls water from the barrel through pipes, releasing water and spraying it onto nursery plants.
To learn more, visit ScienceWorks at www.scienceworksmuseum.org
Expanding on the synergetic principles originated by R. Buckminster Fuller, Pacific Domes has been working on perfecting the function and beauty of their portable geodesic domes for more than 35 years in Ashland, Oregon. Pacific Domes has pioneered sustainable living, personal and cultural transformation, and peaceful social evolution since 1980. This means… environmentally aware and sustainable.
Pacific Domes builds prefab greenhouse domes and Grow Dome Kits that are energy efficient and ideal for vertical towers, aeroponics, aquaponics and hydroponics. Browsing their gallery of geo-engineered greenhouse building systems is your first step towards exploring the benefits and versatility of geodesic domes as the strongest portable structure known to man.
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