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Fulldome Movie Presentations

The following Fulldome Movie Presentations are available for your classes

SECOND GRADE OPTIONS:

Zula Patrol: Down to Earth ~22 minutes

While on a routine fossil-hunting expedition, The Zula Patrol turns up evidence that the villainous Deliria Delight has been traveling back in time to Earth’s prehistoric past to illegally dump her company’s toxic trash.

The Zula Patrollers must find and catch her, before her actions cause catastrophic consequences. In the process, our heroes learn all about the formation and development of Earth, and the life forms who call it home.

 

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yal-FWMQ3I

 

Zula Patrol: Under the Weather 20 minutes

From the far reaches of outer space, from the bright orange planet Zula, comes the Zula Patrol! Based on the #1-rated NBC Saturday Morning TV series “The Zula Patrol,” The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather is one of the top-performing digital dome shows of its genre. Under the Weather is designed for children ages 4-9 and their families. Like the TV series (also airing on qubo, Telemundo, ION and PBS nationwide), it supports many national and state science education standards.

The story: the stalwart heroes of the Zula Patrol are on an expedition collecting samples of weather for scientist Multo's research -- using their loyal pet Gorga's ability to collect and bottle all kinds of weather. But when the Zula gang inadvertently hurts Gorga's feelings, he decides to leave Zula and find another planet to live on. Interplanetary villain Dark Truder then tricks Gorga into stealing the weather from other planets - part of his latest nefarious scheme to rule the Universe. The ZPers find out and go after him - in the process learning all about weather, both terrestrial and interplanetary

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2HzrB-88n8

Educator Guide available


 

THIRD GRADE OPTIONS:

Perfect Little Planet - ~25 minutes: A family from another star system searches our solar system for the perfect vacation spot. Dad wants peace and quiet, Mom wants pretty moons. Visit all the planets and enjoy exotic locales in the vacation trip of a lifetime. Walk on Pluto's frozen surface. Fly the ice cliffs of Miranda. Feel the power of Jupiter's storm clouds.A fun show for the whole family with awesome vistas and fun exploration. Which destination would you choose, and where will our family of aliens end up?

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C3QO3Y6_H8&disable_polymer=true

Educator Guide available (contact Leslie Barnhill at lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org)

Secret of a Cardboard Rocket - ~35 minutes: Blast off with two children as they use the power of their imaginations and the knowledge of a talking astronomy book to explore the planets of the solar system. Visit each planet in turn (including a certain well-known dwarf planet) to get a close-up look at their surfaces and learn more about their environments. Though the show is aimed primarily for children pre-K to early middle school level, full-dome video effects make this an exhilarating educational ride for all ages. Topics treated include the nature of the Sun, the inner planets, the gas giants, Pluto, temperature and pressure, and asteroids.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpTsOpccOoE

Educator Guide available (contact Leslie Barnhill at lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org)

 

FOURTH GRADE OPTIONS: 

Habitat Earth: ~24 minutes: Habitat Earth explores our relationship with the animals, plants and other life forms that make up the many ecosystems on Earth. Dive beneath the ocean’s surface to witness the dynamic ecological relationships within kelp forests, burrow beneath the forest floor to see how some of Earth’s tallest trees depend on tiny fungi to survive, and journey to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks. Learn how life changes our planet and discover what it means to live in today’s connected world.

Trailer: https://www.spitzcreativemedia.com/shows/habitat-earth/

Back to the Moon for Good: ~23 minutes: After the Space Race of the 1960s, interest in the Moon quickly waned. The Google Lunar X Prize is hoping to change that, reinvigorating interest in Moon exploration and colonization. This time, however, it's different. A $30-million-dollar prize is being offered to all citizens of the world, not governmental space corporations, for achieving a successful Moon mission. The initiative is designed to instill a new generation with the wonders and importance of space travel and exploration. The criteria for winning the prize will involve landing a module on the surface, travelling at least 500 meters, and returning HD images and videos back to Earth. Established in 2007, the mission deadline has been extended to December 2017, with three teams still in contention as of 2016: SpaceIL, Moon Express and Synergy Moon.

Trailer: https://www.eso.org/public/usa/videos/bttmfg_fd_trailer_en/

Educator Guide available (contact Leslie Barnhill at lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org)

Water Cycle - ~15 minutes long: Evaporation, condensation, precipitation, advection, humidity, transpiration, and even evapotranspiration are introduced and taught in this video. We use live action FullDome videography to immerse the audience in the learning experience. This education module ends with a review set to a rap – the “Water Cycle Rap”. Careful, you may find yourself humming the catchy tune well after you are back from the Planetarium! 

 

FIFTH GRADE OPTIONS: 

Dynamic Earth: ~25 minutes: Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth’s great life support system: the global climate. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes. Dynamic Earth explores concepts and terms essential to understanding the climate: The relationship of Earth and the Sun. The Earth is close enough to the Sun to bask in its warmth, thanks to a series of natural defenses, including its magnetic field. Life and the carbon cycle. Earth’s climate control system depends on the ability of living organisms to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and store it long term. Plate tectonics and its role in the carbon cycle. Audiences will learn that CO2 emissions from human activities now outpace volcanoes 200 fold. Comparision with Venus. The story of our sister planet shows just how unique Earth is in its ability to regulate atmospheric CO2 and global temperatures. Perspective on climate change. The program fills in major gaps in the public’s understanding of climate change, by placing it in a broader context of what shapes Earth’s climate.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnSmFC-JgvQ

 

Earth Moon Sun: ~25 minutes: This planetarium show explores the relationship between Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions. Coyote has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system and learn to distinguish between myths and science. Learn the basics of fusion and solar energy and why the Sun rises and sets. Examine the Moon's orbit, craters, phases and eclipses. You'll even take a look at past and future space travel to our Moon ... and beyond! Students and audiences of all ages can appreciate learning the science behind the myths.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMPML_SbL1w

available with closed caption for the hearing impaired

 

SIXTH GRADE OPTIONS

Astronaut: ~21 minutes: What does it take to become an astronaut? Astronaut, the latest immersive planetarium show to be created by the National Space Centre, takes you from Earth into space... and beyond. Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject 'Chad', our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him. ASTRONAUT is an experience like nothing on Earth. National Space Centre.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMaotjhaXco

available with closed caption for the hearing impaired

 

SEVENTH GRADE OPTIONS: 

Two Small Pieces of Glass: ~21 Minutes: While attending a local star party, two teenagers learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the Universe. Their conversation with a local female astronomer enlightens them on the history of the telescope and the discoveries these wonderful tools have made. The students see how telescopes work and how the largest observatories in the world use these instruments to explore the mysteries of the universe. Gaileo did not invent the telescope, but he was the first person to use the newly invented device to observe the sky. Through these observations the Italian philosopher-scientist concluded that the heavens were not perfect and immutable: he observed lunar mountains, phases of Venus, Jupiter's moons, and even sunspots. His two small pieces of glass revealed a Universe that was far more complex than previously assumed. Telescopes have advanced considerably since Galileo's time. Humanity now has large observatories and even a couple in outer space. Two Small Pieces Of Glass shows how telescopes work; and how astronomers have used them to scrutinize the structures within our cosmos. Complemented with spectacular imagery of Saturn's rings, beautiful stellar nurseries and the spiral structure of galaxies, Two Small Pieces Of Glass shares the way telescope development has helped us understand our place in space.

Dome Preview Show: https://www.eso.org/public/usa/videos/tspog/

available with closed caption for the hearing impaired

Oasis in Space: ~23 minutes: Embark on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, Galaxy and Solar System in search of water - a key ingredient for life on Earth. With a proven, audience-tested story, and a 95% viewer approval rating, Oasis in Space offers a new perspective on a substance of obvious importance to our planet.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2WGMfHO0SY

Educator Guide available (contact Leslie Barnhill at lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org)

available with closed caption for the hearing impaired

 

EIGHTH GRADE OPTIONS: 

Birth of Planet Earth: ~25 minutes: Birth of Planet Earth tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to a billion planets roughly the size of our own. The film employs advanced, data-driven, cinematic-quality visualizations to explore some of the greatest questions in science today: How did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system’s violent birth? What does its history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like?

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sKx2FzqN4E

Stars: Powerhouses of the Universe- ~25 minutes: Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS. Narrated by Mark Hamill

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbzmLRzau4g

Educator Guide available (contact Leslie Barnhill at lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org)

available with closed caption for the hearing impaired

Black Holes – the Other Side of Infinity: ~23 minutes: Currently in distribution to more than 100 theaters worldwide, Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity is one of the most successful fulldome shows ever produced. Narrated by Academy-Award nominated actor Liam Neeson, this cutting-edge production features high-resolution visualizations of cosmic phenomena, working with data generated by computer simulations, to bring the current science of black holes to the dome screen. Audiences will be dazzled with striking, immersive animations of the formation of the early universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a super-massive black hole lurking at the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy.

Trailer: http://www.dmns.org/planetarium/current-shows/black-holes-the-other-side-of-infinity

Educator Guide available (contact Leslie Barnhill at lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org)

available with closed caption for the hearing impaired

   

 

OTHER OPTIONS: 

Expedition Reef - ~24 minutes: Learn about the secrets of the “rainforests of the sea” as you embark on an oceanic safari through the world’s most vibrant—and endangered—marine ecosystems. Narrated by Tony Award® winner Lea Salonga, Expedition Reef immerses you in a spectacular undersea adventure. Discover how corals grow, feed, reproduce, and support over 25% of all marine life on Earth—while facing unprecedented threats from climate change, habitat destruction, and overfishing.

Trailer: https://www.spitzcreativemedia.com/shows/expedition-reef/

 

Field Trip to the Moon: ~20 minutes: Take your audience on a virtual trip to our closest neighbor in space with the AMNH’s Field Trip to the Moon. Feel the ground shake beneath you as you experience a thrilling NASA rocket launch, and orbit the Earth to get an astronaut's view of a sunrise in space. Field Trip to the Moon is a virtual journey created using NASA engineering models and scientific data. Like NASA's astronauts, you will come face-to-face with the challenges and excitement of traveling through space to land on the Moon. Along the way, you'll discover some of the differences between the Earth and the Moon and what makes our planet unique and habitable.

Educator Guide available (contact Leslie Barnhill at lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org)

 

The Dark Matter Mystery - Exploring a Cosmic Secret: ~37 MINUTES

What keeps Galaxies together? What are the building blocks of the Universe? What makes the Universe look the way it looks today? Researchers all around the world try to answer these questions. We know today that approximately a quarter of the Universe is filled with a mysterious glue: Dark Matter. We know that it is out there. But we have no idea what it is made out of.

This planetarium show takes you on the biggest quest of contemporary astrophysics. You will see why we know that Dark Matter exists, and how this search is one of the most challenging and exciting searches science has to offer. Join the scientists on their hunt for Dark Matter with experiments in space and deep underground. Will they be able to solve the Dark Matter Mystery?

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcwKG6gmYgo

 

Flight to the Moon – ~9 minutes: A mini-show about NASA’s LRO and LCROSS missions to the Moon. In 2009, two unmanned spacecraft, the LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) and LCROSS (Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite) launched together to explore the Moon in new ways. The LRO spacecraft continues to map the moon in unprecedented detail. LCROSS delivered the Centaur impactor into a shaded lunar crater (called “Cabeus”) near the lunar south pole, creating a plume for the spacecraft to fly into and collect data to look for water.

 

Ltd: Losing the Dark – ~ 8 minutes long:  Losing the Dark is a "public service announcement" planetarium show, a collaboration of Loch Ness Productions and the International Dark-Sky Association. It introduces and illustrates some of the issues regarding light pollution, and suggests three simple actions people can take to help mitigate it.