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Inflatable domes as portable, digital classrooms: STEM fair targets education sector in Nigeria

A Discovery Dome portable

Message from Antares Fulldome Productions:

“Immersive Solutions, Antares FullDome Productions and Discovery Dome see the possibilities in the science education sector in Africa and are in a position to help provide learning solutions in the science and technology fields. The three companies have teamed up to feature planetariums and fulldome shows as part of the outreach to educational institutions.
 

“The companies are taking an active role in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fair and exhibition event scheduled in Nigeria for the month of October this year. This is a premier event targeted at the education sector in Nigeria with the aim of promoting interest in the STEM fields. The event will promote literacy in STEM disciplines among school children and to raise awareness and knowledge of science, engineering, technology and mathematics in a fun, interesting, active and interactive way.
 

“Planetarium shows are scheduled to run during the event – one of the goals is to accomplish through this event, the introduction of planetariums as a teaching aid with hope to kick-start not just an interest in portable planetariums and planetarium shows but also create market and sales opportunities for these.

“Mojisola Omole at Immersive Solutions says, ‘The yearly average failure rate of 75% in science and mathematics subjects in the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO) examinations is a cause for concern and creates a bleak future for Nigeria’s technological development. The Fair offers a way to promote interest in these subjects in a fun and meaningful way and bridge the gap between classroom teaching and real life application of STEM principles.’

“Exhibitors and visitors are expected from the various industry sectors and over 50 top schools in Nigeria have indicated interest in participating in the event. Antares FullDome Productions and Discovery Dome will be represented at the event by Immersive Solutions Limited.

“Sergio López Borgoñoz ofAntares FullDome Productions says; ‘We hope that we can awaken an interest in the science of astronomy through our fulldome programs and that they hopefully will stir the imagination among the young and encourage further exploration of it. Portable planetariums are an ideal solution for popularizing scientific content, as they can show immersive and spectacular educational films and as they can be taken to where the students actually are located. This is very important in Nigeria as many have schools have limited travelling possibilities and the fixed planetariums are yet very few.’

“Patricia Reiff at Discovery Dome says; ‘Our portable planetarium is not just for stars – we immerse and excite students in all fields of STEM research by means of fulldome content, including earth science, biology, human body, history, and of course astronomy. The students take an “out of this world” journey that engages as it instructs. We are eager to bring more Discovery Domes to Nigeria, to join our other Discovery Domes in Ethiopia, Morocco, Zambia, and South Africa. And it can go anywhere with just a small generator.’ 

“Event details
:

  • Theme of Fair: “Science in my world”
  • Date and time: 25 – 28 October 2011, 8.00 – 16.00
  • Host: Grange School, GRA Ikeja
  • Venue: Grange School Grounds (over 6000 sqm space), GRA Ikeja
  • Attractions: Career talks, STEM project competition, quiz competition, science-based shows, Educators’ forum, and awards dinner.

“More than 100 schools are expected to visit this event and participate in Fair activities. Schools will compete in the STEM Project competition in 5 categories to win various prizes and can also compete in the daily quiz competition at the junior and senior levels.
The Educators’ Lounge will open daily to STEM tutors for deliberations on ways of enhancing the quality of science and mathematics education in the Nigerian schools.

“Expected visitors:
• Graduate, undergraduate and pre-university students
• Primary and secondary schools
• Parents/guardians with their wards
• School board/owners
• School administrators/educators: principals, head teachers, teachers
• STEM field experts
• General public

“For more information on the STEM fair and exhibition, contact Mojisola Omole at Immersive Solutions,
[email protected]. For more information on Antares FullDome Productions, visit www.antares-fulldome.com. For more information on Discovery Dome, visit www.discoverydome.com.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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