NASA Funding Opportunity: Immersive 360° Planetariums for Schools–Science Centers

“Inspiring the next generation of space enthusiasts with mobile planetariums. ”Pacific Domes

Are you a school or science center looking to bring the wonders of space exploration to your community? Look no further than a Pacific Domes Planetarium Dome! Now, thanks to NASA’s open funding opportunity, you have a chance to bring this exciting venue to your local school or neighborhood center.

Overview of NASA’s funding opportunity

Immersive 360° planetariums captivate young minds – inviting them to explore the frontiers of space like never before.

Don’t miss out on NASA’s funding opportunity designed to inspire the next generation of space explorers! NASA recently released updates to their open funding opportunity (10-14-22) soliciting museums and informal institutions. Take advantage of several open S.T.E.M. resources – it’s never too late to apply, as these programs are ongoing.

NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions

The invitation requires that applicants (aka proposers) engage with a network of informal science institutions in their activities. All types of NASA Visitor Centers (e.g. private, state or federal entities) are eligible. That said, an eligible institution is not required to have the words museum, visitor center, science, planetarium, youth, or library in its legal name – however, a prerequisite is that they be located in the United States or its territories.

NASA Funding Opportunity in a nutshell

There will be a number of awards available to schools, science centers and private institutions, whose primary focus is on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This is where the proposal gets really exciting! Recipients of NASA’s funding opportunities can look forward to receiving grants from anywhere between a half-million to one million dollars each for their S.T.E.M. project.

Overview of how 360° projection planetariums work

Stars and Constellations Map

Guaranteed to captivate your audience, Mobile Planetarium Domes are used for educational and entertaining presentations about astronomy, the night sky and earth-space exploration – as well as, training in celestial navigation. When projected onto its domed surface, breathtaking images from anywhere in the universe come to life to create an immersive fulldome environment.

“You no longer need to train for several years as an astronaut to explore space, as planetariums can give you an amazing virtual tour of the universe while you keep your feet firmly on the ground.”  ― Jenny Shipway, Head of the Winchester Planetarium, UK.

Step into the future of education with mobile planetarium domes!

Guaranteed to captivate your audience, Mobile Planetarium Domes are used for educational and entertaining presentations about astronomy, the night sky and earth-space exploration – as well as, training in celestial navigation. When projected onto its domed surface, breathtaking images from anywhere in the universe come to life to create an immersive fulldome environment.

Benefits of Immersive Education in a Planetarium Dome

Experience the power of immersive learning with stunning images from across the cosmos. In a planetarium dome, everyone has a front row seat!

In this digital age of mobile planetarium domes, one obvious benefit is that they can make the universe come alive for audiences. This interactive learning environment translates to an uptick in engagement and retention of information for students in schools and science center programs.

Planetarium domes are equipped with state-of-the-art learning tools. They have access to the latest data gathered from multiple sources – such as, space agencies, spacecraft and telescopes from all over the planet. Projectors connected to computers make it possible to project realistic digital representations of entire galaxies onto the dome’s hemispherical surface – think of it as a mini planetary sphere.  

A budgetary consideration and significant financial benefit is that a mobile planetarium projection dome theater can be implemented for one-tenth of the price of many outdated planetarium systems. A dome’s versality lends itself to multi-use event purposes. And yet, another cool benefit is that with a little ingenuity and engineering know-how, a dome can be retrofitted as a permanent structure. (e.g. Vortex Dome in Los Angeles, CA).

Enjoy a “Fuller” view of the universe inside a Projection Dome.

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There’s no better place to navigate the cosmos than from within a sphere from which it was designed!

Imagine audience excitement and engagement as students discover some amazing truths about our universe! To give a more recent example – scientific discoveries reveal that we live in a holographic universe, where space is made up of icosahedral molecules known as Buckyballs or Fullerenes.

This same sacred geometry can be found throughout the cosmos, from nano particles to galaxies. And as the home of the modern geodesic dome, our planetariums offer a unique opportunity to explore this fascinating connection and discover the untold mysteries of the universe.

Exploring the Future of Immersive Education with AVR

What does the future hold for immersive education? With the rise of Augmented and Virtual Reality (AVR), the possibilities are endless! Blurring the line between the real and the imagined, VR transports viewers to simulated real-life environments, while AR layers digital information onto physical surroundings.

While VR remains a niche technology, AR is quickly becoming accessible to anyone with a smartphone. Educators and innovators won’t want to miss out on the exciting opportunities that AVR brings to the future of immersive education and entertainment. As we move forward into this decade, experts sense that the future of immersive planetarium education seems to be evolving along those lines, as well.

Interested in learning about planetarium community resources? Explore membership in the International Planetarium Society (IPS) – and, join a thriving community of planetariums.

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The Dubai sphere – Dubai shopping mall, provided 360 projections on both top and bottom of the sphere. It was accessed and viewed from a walkway crossing mid-center of the dome.

Imagine the Classrooms of the Future with AVR Technology

As researchers continue to study the effects of Augmented and Virtual Reality (AVR) technology, it’s clear that it has the potential to revolutionize the way we learn. From creating active and collaborative learning environments to transforming traditional classrooms, the possibilities are endless.

While more research is needed to fully understand the potential of AVR, it’s exciting to envision the future of education with this cutting-edge technology. Stanford researchers caution that, as Augmented and Virtual Reality (AVR) scales, further studies on its health effects need to be conducted.

Exploring Positive Solutions to Critical Global Issues

Not only do planetarium domes offer a captivating look at the wonders of the universe, they also bring hot topics like climate change to life with impactful visualizations. And, with the added benefits of resonance science, a dome’s energetic qualities create a collaborative and beneficial learning environment for students as they work together to solve planetary issues.

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A mid-center walkway allowed for 360 degree views throughout the entire Dubai sphere.

Pacific Domes is proud to have created the world’s largest mobile Planetarium Dome, complete with a colossal projection screen – bringing realistic simulations of the heavens for audiences to enjoy!

Partnering with Pacific Domes for NASA’s Funding Opportunity

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Join the Future of Immersive Education with Our Portable Planetarium Domes

Pacific Domes invites you to experience the magic of the cosmos like never before with our world-renowned mobile planetarium domes! Manufactured in the USA, our mobile planetarium kits will provide your students with a unique and exciting educational experience.

Are you ready to bring the magic of space and the power of immersive learning to your community? You don’t have to go it alone! Partner with us to help you design your project.

If you are a school or science center looking to bring the magic of space to your students we want to partner with you to make it happen! Our professional teams are there to help with 3D-renderings and engineering needs.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to bring cutting-edge, immersive planetarium experiences to your community. Let’s work together to make it a reality. Contact our Representatives today!