University of Bath

Discovery Dome

A description of the Dome and how schools can book one of the science shows.

What is the Discovery Dome?

An immersive space for students of all ages to discover and engage with a variety of topics in new ways. The Dome uses a projection system to provide a full 360° experience. Using lights and sound, students are ‘surrounded’ by the subject matter of the show. Current shows available for booking include ‘Explore your brain’ and ‘The Hunt for Planet Nine’.

The Dome aims to

  • support science learning in schools
  • show that science is exciting

Explore your Brain

This intriguing session begins by entering into the inside of a human brain. When students discover the unique features of the human brain as well as different animal brains. They are then taken back in time to discover how our brains have evolved, before heading back to the present to explore different parts and functions of the brain. The senses are explored using interactive activities throughout the rest of the show and students learn how age impacts our senses.

This show can support the following areas of the curriculum:

  • Changes as humans develop to old age (Year 5)
  • Life cycles of animal (Year 5)
  • Evolution and inheritance (Year 6)
  • Impact of diet, exercise, drugs, lifestyle on body (Year 6)

The Hunt for Planet Nine

This show starts with a rocket launch into space that explores the moon before travelling on to visit the rest of our solar system. The relative distances of the planets in our solar system are investigated before exploring each planet individually with real images and sounds recorded by spacecraft. The students learn why Pluto is no longer classified as a planet before investigating the comet 67P. Looking at the orbits around the sun, students discover that they can be involved in the hunt for planet nine.

This show can support the following areas of the curriculum:

  • describe the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the sun in the solar system
  • describe the movement of the moon relative to the Earth
  • learn that the sun is a star at the centre of our solar system and that it has 8 planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune (Pluto was reclassified as a ‘dwarf planet’ in 2006)

Important information for booking a Dome show

How many students fit inside the Dome?

  • The Dome holds up to 30 primary school students or 25 secondary aged students per show
  • At least one member of school staff must accompany the students into the dome

How many shows can be delivered in one day?

  • The length of shows can vary to suit each school
  • Multiple shows can be delivered in one day at a single school
  • Different shows can be delivered throughout the day
  • The Dome takes an hour to set up and an hour to take down. Therefore if you would like more than 3 shows the Dome would need to be in the main hall all day

What does the venue need to provide?

  • The Dome requires a floor area of 6 metres x 7 metres. And a height of 3.5 metres. Please ensure there are no hanging lights, projectors and beams (a school hall would be ideal)
  • The Dome cannot be set up outside
  • Access to 3 mains power points is required
  • The Dome is not sound proof and noise in the same hall will affect presentations