Science Fact or Science Fiction? + Faster Than Light

Saturday, December 1st noon – 3pm
-Hands-on activities
-Planetarium show: Faster Than Light
-Free admission
-Fun for all-ages

Registration is not required for the hands-on activities, but we recommend reserving your seats for the planetarium show Faster Than Light ahead of time.  Reserve Seats

Faster Than Light

Lasers shoot a futuristic spaceship to accelerate it to high speeds

plays at noon, 12:15, 1:30, 2:15 and 3pm
The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon… is as old as humanity. Today, a whole new horizon beckons. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.

Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun. But if we find one, how will we ever get there? How long will it take? What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?

Faster Than Light! the Dream of Interstellar Flight will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future. They are based on whole new technologies designed to achieve ultra-high speeds, using exotic next generation rocket fuels and breakthrough concepts in physics. How far can our technology take us?

Through The Portal, Live Music Under Stars

Pierce College Science Dome welcomes for their Washington debut, David Helfand and Justin Lader’s “Through the Portal” live planetarium concert experience, Saturday Nov 10th and Sunday the 11th.

Sat, Nov 10th   – 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Sun- Nov 11th  1:00 p.m.

Tickets- $15

Join us under the stars for an epic live concert event. Experience a musical performance like no other with “Through the Portal”, the latest instrumental album written by harpist and multi-instrumentalist, David Helfand and violist, Justin Lader set to full dome space themed visualizations under the Pierce College Science Dome Planetarium. After five sold out shows in Oregon at the Eugene Science Center planetarium and highly successful shows at OMSI Kendall Planetarium in Portland, David and Justin are thrilled to be making their “Through the Portal” WA debut.

“Through the Portal “ is David and Justin’s first epic space music opus of all original music featuring Harp, guitar, viola, a special keyboard called the mellotron, and percussion.  The album is a work of deep passion, love, dedicated to loved ones who have passed on and the deep mysteries of life.

“Through the Portal “will be performed in its entirety with David on Harp, guitar, mellotron, keyboards, Justin on viola and Mark Hurwit on mellotron and percussion.  Science Dome visualizations by Katie Iadanza and Hillary Stephens.

For more information on David and Justin’s music, it can be explored on David’ web site

September’s Children’s Show: Magnificent Moons

Is Earth the only planet with a moon? Are all moons simple rocks like ours? Make sure you’re buckled up because we’ll be visiting some of the solar system’s strangest and most unique locations as we explore its many magnificent moons!

This program is specially designed for our youngest audience members aged 3-12.  Runs Saturdays through September at 12:30 and 2 pm.  Cost $6 per child, adults free.

Space Camp at the Science Dome

WHO: Youth ages 6-12 are welcome to participate.

WHAT: A one day Space Camp, including activities with rockets, robotics, tours through outer space, and more! This camp includes numerous indoor and outdoor activities designed to engage learning through observation, reasoning, and hands-on experience.

WHEN: Thursday August 2, from 9 AM—4PM (SOLD OUT) OR Friday August 10, from 9 AM- 4PM (new date added!) Participants can be dropped off any time between 8 and 9 AM, and picked up any time between 4 and 5 PM, with supervised care at those times.

WHERE: Pierce College Ft. Steilacoom Campus, located at 9401 Farwest Dr. SW, Lakewood, WA 98498. Our home base will be the Science Dome, in the Rainier Building.

COST: $40 per child, snacks provided. Please pack a lunch.

HOW: Fill out the registration packet (Word or PDF) and send completed packets to Stella Kemper  When your completed packet has been returned you will be given an access code to pay online. Packets are due by August 6th.

QUESTIONS?  Please direct questions to Stella Kemper  (253) 302-7938 or Hillary Stephens (253) 964-6540.

Double Feature Wednesdays

Looking for something to do this summer?  Come to the Science Dome!  In addition to our regular Friday and Saturday public shows we also have public shows on Wednesdays at 1 pm and 2:15 pm.  Each of these all-ages shows consists of a half hour live astronomy presentation and a half hour fulldome video.

Make it a double feature!  $6 for one show or $10 for two.  Pierce College Students are always free.

To purchase the special double feature price click on the link below for the date you want.

Single tickets can be purchased through the button below.

Happy Earth Day 2018

We will have FREE showings of Habitat Earth and Dynamic Earth in the Science Dome on Friday April 20th during Pierce’s Earth Day Carnival.  The Earth Day Carnival features hands-on science Earth Day activities in the Rainier Building Winter Gardens from 10am – 2pm.

In the Science Dome:

  • Dynamic Earth 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm
  • Habitat Earth 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm

All FREE, first-come, first-served opportunity.  No advanced reservations.

Pi Day Celebration 2018!

Wednesday March 14, 2018

Join the fun with hands-on math and science activities, a Pi recitation contest, a STEM professionals Q& A panel and a mathematical symphony!  FREE and fun for all ages!

Hands-on activities & Pi recitation contest: How many digits can you type in 30 seconds? 10 am – 1 pm AND 5 – 7 pm

STEM Professionals Panel: noon – 1 pm, first-come first served – seating is limited!

Chaos and Order: A Mathematical Symphony: Fulldome video in the Science Dome! 5 pm, 5:40 pm, 6:20 pm, 7 pm  Reserve seats!


Do math equations have a color? Do they have a sound? Media-artist Rocco Helmchen and composer Johannes Kraas try to answer these questions in their latest fulldome edutainment show Chaos and Order: A Mathematical Symphony. Structured into four “movements” from geometric forms, algorithms, simulations to chaos theory, the show explores breathtaking animated visuals of unprecedented beauty in the realm of math. Experience the fundamental connection between reality and mathematics, as science and art are fused together in this immersive celebration of the one language of our universe.

We are BACK!

The Science Dome will be open again Starting February 20th for regular business!  Our first public shows will be Friday February 23rd at 7pm.  You can find our full schedule here: Schedule

Thanks to everyone for your patience while everything was rebuilt!