GeoDome Theater Featured at White House Event Celebrating Astronomy Education

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The Elumenati's GeoDome Theater was showcased at the White House 'Star Party,' an event hosted by President Barack Obama Wednesday night, Oct 7. Scientists from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and Dr. D'nardo Colucci of The Elumenati set up the GeoDome Theater on the White House lawn, giving interactive Earth and space science lessons with Uniview software inside the portable, inflatable dome for about 150 middle-school students.

NASA Goddard has done great work in creating a powerful, portable educational service using the GeoDome, and we're honored to help them bring it to the White House Star Party.

The Elumenati's GeoDome Theater was showcased at the White House 'Star Party,' an event hosted by President Barack Obama Wednesday night, Oct 7. Scientists from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and Dr. D'nardo Colucci of The Elumenati set up the GeoDome Theater on the White House lawn, giving interactive lessons inside the portable, inflatable dome for about 150 middle-school students. Audiences from high school, college, and community planetariums in Minnesota greeted the President and listened in on the presentations over the Internet through the GeoDome's networking capabilities.

The event, part of the International Year of Astronomy, celebrated the President's regard for astronomy. In announcing the event, the White House Press Secretary highlighted astronomy's "capacity to promote a greater awareness of our place in the universe, expand human knowledge, and inspire the next generation by showing them the beauty and mysteries of the night sky."

"We're excited and flattered that White House staff selected the GeoDome Theater to be part of this important event," said Dr. Colucci, co-founder of The Elumenati. "NASA Goddard has done great work in creating a powerful, portable educational service using the GeoDome, and we're honored to help them bring it to the White House Star Party."

The GeoDome immersive learning environment is a uniquely accessible vehicle for Earth and space science education, using a portable dome, a digital projector, and interactive data visualization software to create a focused, inquiry-based learning experience. With SCISS's Uniview software, audiences zoom through NASA's Digital Universe Atlas, using a game controller to navigate a map of the entire known universe. Information is presented in a systems-based context that makes complex concepts easy to understand and instills a sense of wonder.

The White House Star Party illustrated the educational power and convenience of the portable and rapidly deployable GeoDome system. The GeoDome allows science communicators to reach underserved populations with compelling presentations of current scientific data, engaging and inspiring those who need it most. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center regularly features its GeoDome in outreach events, and a network of GeoDome users collaborate on presentations across the globe.

For more information, visit http://www.geodome.info

About the GeoDome
The GeoDome immersive learning environment enables interactive, systems-based Earth and space science education. The GeoDome network fosters collaboration among formal and informal educators, including NASA, NOAA, science centers, research universities, public schools, visualization labs, and more. The GeoDome was developed by leading immersive design firm The Elumenati (http://www.elumenati.com). For further information, please visit: http://www.geodome.info. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/elumenati.

About the Elumenati, LLC
The Elumenati, LLC, creators of the GeoDomeTM, are a full-service design and engineering firm specializing in the development and deployment of immersive visualization environments and experiences. In addition to a full range of immersive projection components, the Elumenati offer end-to-end services including systems integration, immersive content design, custom fabrication, and optical engineering. For further information, please visit:http://www.elumenati.com, and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/elumenati.

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