Science Dome to open Jan. 19

On Saturday, Jan. 19, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom will unveil its brand new Science Dome, the South Sound’s only planetarium. This all-ages grand opening celebration will offer an early glimpse at dome shows, including a special show geared towards toddlers and young children, science demonstrations, and interactive displays. All events are free and open to everyone.

Science Dome Shows

Note: All dome shows are sold out.

“Planetary Explorers” – An interactive show for our youngest guests. (25 minutes)

12:15 p.m.

3:50 p.m.

“Mars – the Fourth Rock from the Sun”  (35 minutes)

11:30 a.m.

12:50 p.m

1:35 p.m.

2:20 p.m.

3:05 p.m.

4:30 p.m.


Chemistry Demos (30 minutes), Rainier Building, Pod C

12:50 p.m. – Ralph Morasch, Science Club

3 p.m. – Ralph Morasch, Science Club


Hands-on Exploration Stations

11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Edible Comets, Eric Greeson II, Dalana Dailey, TAS member
  • DNA Extraction – Ariel Pedraza, Thalia Fernandez, Debbie Brautigan, Robert Thissen
  • Supertasters – Thomas Johnson, Andre Winslow, Michaela Beaulieu, Robert Thissen
  • Making Slime – Science Club
  • Magnetopia – Eli Olson, Tim Chau, Rob Gaul, Quynh Thuy Troung
  • Physics Fun – Taylor Underwood, Jimmy Grandinette, Faith Jackson, Thomas Le
  • The Sun – Tacoma Astronomical Society
  • Planispheres – Tacoma Astronomical Society
  • Scale of the Solar System – Tacoma Astronomical Society
  • Sundials (in the Upper Winter Garden)– Tacoma Astronomical Society
  • Telescope Show and Tell (in the Upper Winter Garden)– Tacoma Astronomical Society

Classroom presentations

  • 3D Geology  – Beth Norman, Brandon O’Briant, Bryan Mangum
  • Spectra – Dana Rush
  • Dental Hygiene Screening – Monica Hospenthal, Candy Hughes and/or Mary Galagan
  • Apollo Missions to the Moon  – Tacoma Astronomical Society
  • Black Hole – Tacoma Astronomical Society

Outside (weather permitting)

  • “Solar viewing” – Tacoma Astronomical Society


6 Responses to Science Dome to open Jan. 19

  1. Suzanne says:

    Just wondering what time the grand opening actually starts tomarrow…

  2. Heather Pinson says:

    Is there still availability to attend the grand opening if you do not have dome show tickets?
    “All Dome Shows Are Sold Out”

    • Amanda Haines says:

      The dome shows are full, but there will be a waitlist in case folks who reserved spots don’t show up. There are also tons of other activities scattered throughout the day. Great question!

  3. Danielle says:

    I am wondering if you will continue to offer shows “geared towards toddlers and young children”. If so, how/where can I register?

    • Brian Benedetti says:

      Great question!

      We will have Children’s shows geared toward toddlers and young children on Saturdays at 2 pm. The cost is $3 per kid, cash only at the door. Accompanying adults get in free.

      We also have the general audience shows that are geared toward older kids and adults. They consist of a 1/2 hour live show and a 1/2 hour full dome movie. Those will be 7 pm on Wednesdays and 3:15 pm on Saturdays. $3 per child under 18, $3 per Pierce College Student and $6 per adult.

      Those start this coming Wednesday and Saturday!

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