ABOUT DOME ED
Andy Cohen has been presenting, creating curriculum, writing review booklets and training teachers to teach astronomy science standards using a portable planetarium for over ten years. He has the luxury of revising and refining his curriculum for the astronomy content in the South Carolina Science Standards and honing his instruction to make the most of your time with us.
Instruction not possible in the classroom
Your students' time inside the dome is precious so we make sure that every moment is dedicated to using this unique environment to provide instruction that is simply not possible in a classroom: light-proof space and high-intensity light source provide crisp shadows needed to explore the relationships between Earth's rotation and night and day, the Moon's orbit and monthly phases, and the change of seasons as the Earth revolves around the Sun
State Science Standards Alignment
Astronomy has been the lowest scoring content area on the South Carolina standardized tests statewide, for every school district and for nearly every school, since South Carolina started state-wide standardized testing. Instruction has been developed to specifically address nearly every astronomy content standard for each grade.
Review Booklets and Teacher Keys
Teachers can request a review booklet for their students to reinforce each of the concepts presented along with the State Standards to which they apply. We'll cover a lot in a short amount of time and these review booklets will review and reinforce their learning experience.
(Additional costs apply for review booklets and teacher keys)
* Indoor only - sunlight, moisture and dirt damage the dome.
Please have the floor swept before set-up.
Carpet is not necessary. We bring our own foam floor
* Air-conditioned - your students will be much more comfortable and able
* Ceiling height - 11 feet, minimum. Please check this before scheduling
* Floor space - 22 x 22 feet, minimum
Noise from inside the dome can be heard outside and noise from outside the dome can be heard inside. Please try not to schedule other activities at the same time in the same space as the dome (cafeteria, gym, etc.)
Please try to limit the number of participants per program to 25.
The dome can accommodate up to 30 but this may limit the length of the program, the content and/or the instructional activities or require additional adult supervision. Additional charges may also apply.
A few chairs can fit inside the dome for those unable to sit on the foam floor.
Wheelchairs can enter through the tunnel or by lifting the side of the dome.
Those with developmental disabilities may be excited or scared but have been wonderful participants in the past. Please provide adequate assistance for each individual. No child should be excluded for developmental or emotional disabilities.
A school employee must be in the dome with students. Dome Education is not legally liable for student supervision or discipline
Elementary Schools Contact School Phone
Angel Oak, 4th Grade Jillian Bruton 843.763.1503
Bonner, 4th Grade Catherine Chinners
Carolina Park, 1st Grade Katie Watkins
Cooper School, 4th Grade Kelly Porter
Daniel Island, 4th Grade Angie Gregory
Drayton Hall, 4th Grade Christina Parson 843.852.0678
Howe Hall, 4th Grade Ashley McAlister
James B Edwards, 4th Grade Mindy Pounder
James Island, 4th Grade Amy Bonnett 843.763.1538
Laurel Hill, 1st Grade Jessica Wyatt 843.724.7750
Murray Lasaine, 4th Grade Darlena Goodwin
N Chas Creative Arts, 4th Grade Angela Stringer
Pepperhill, 4th Grade Deborah Weathers
St Andrews, 4th Grade Jennifer Wood
Stiles Point, 1st Grade Robyn Kline 843.849.2815
Stiles Point, 4th Grade Rebecca Cleavenger 843.559.4171
Middle Schools Contact School Phone
Buist Magnet, 8th Gr Sara Lyle 843.724.7750
Daniel Island, 6th Gr Daniel Erenhart
East Cooper Montessori Svenja Xeller 843.216.2883
Fort Johnson, 8th Gr Devan Baird 843.762.2740
Lincoln High, 8th Gr Tiffany Jenkins 843.887.3244
Marrington, 6th Gr Deb Dirkes
Northwoods, 8th Gr Melissa Hawley 843.764.2212
West Ashley, 8th Gr Angela Davis 843.852.6507
CE Williams, 8th Gr Karen Ulak 843.763.1529