MOUNT VERNON — It’s fun. It’s educational. It’s a field trip at home. It’s Dome Theater, and it recently showed up at the Alternative Center, thanks to a 21st-century grant.
Dome Theater is the creation of Kramer Edu-tainment of Grand Rapids, Mich., and offers a variety of science shows. The Dome features a state-of-the-art digital theater system with the latest audio and visual learning technologies.
The students and teachers at the Alternative Center got to choose the programs they wanted to view, said grant coordinator Lauren Downes. “Most of the classes got to see two shows which related to what they are currently learning about in science.”
When the News visited the Dome, one class was watching “Force Five,” a lesson about extreme weather conditions such as tornadoes and hurricanes. The narrated presentation-in-the-round had photos and videos from NASA and the sounds of nature in a rage.
“Neat!” was the universal reaction from the students.
Downes said the Alternative Center was happy to be able to provide the enrichment opportunity to the students. “Many of them,” she said, “never get to go to places like COSI, and we just brought it to them.”