Life Under the Dome


January 9, 2017: Happy New Year! The Planetarium is currently being upgraded with a new computer system. Currently the computers are in route from our vendor, Spitz, Incorporated. Once they arrive, get installed and I get trained on the new software, The Layered Earth, I will be recreating EVERYTHING. So I definitely have my work cut out for me. But I am excited to see what my new system has to offer and get shows made for the third graders that will begin visiting on January 23rd. I promise I will write more when I see how awesome everything is. Stay warm and look to the stars!

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October 18, 2016: Well, the year is finally underway. We have already seen our 8th graders, WMHS Astronomy students and are in the midst of seeing our 5th graders. Discussing some of my favorite Astronomy concepts with our students has been awesome so far. Whether they love astronomy or not, I feel blessed every day to have the students of Mesquite ISD. One of the main things that I have witnessed is the amazing drive that our students have. Each class completes some sort of student data sheet and I have found that all of our students put forth the effort to attempt and complete the work. I applaud each and everyone of their teachers for shaping this behavior. I look forward to all of the students that are scheduled to come.
August 23, 2016. Welcome back, students and faculty. I know these first few days are exciting, hectic and maybe even overwhelming for all. I wish everyone the best for a successful school year. I am looking forward to my first group of students - the MISD 8th Graders - to visit the Planetarium in the beginning of September. I have updated my shows and I am excited to show them to you.
I am very excited to be getting a production system upgrade. The projection will stay the same, but the processing and production will be upgraded at the end of the fall semester/beginning of the spring semester. With that, will come The Layered Earth. This means we can see various aspects of the Earth on the dome including weather, human interaction with the earth, geological layers and processes and more. My inner geologist will have so much fun sharing this with you all.
I will also be hosting some Space Science Nights at the planetarium throughout the school year. These will take place after school and will be open to everyone. I will hope to include something for each age level.
Good Luck and don't forget to look into the sky. You may not find a Pokemon character there, but you may see something even better.
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Hello. My name is Mrs. Leslie Barnhill. I have been the Planetarium Facilitator since the fall of 2015. You have no idea how much I enjoy seeing all of the students of Mesquite ISD. In the coming year, we hope to expand by hosting more Star Parties and opening our doors to groups outside of MISD. With that said, I am still learning the technology of this position and creating as many shows that all visitors will enjoy.
This is the first entry of this 'blog' and once school is back in session, I hope to update it weekly with cool news about the Planetarium and space.
I'm looking forward to the 2016-2017 school year!
If there is anything you want to see included in this blog, click here to email Mrs. Barnhill!