Name of Engagement

Sphere Theater

Contact Information

College of Integrated Science and Engineering

Description

The Sphere Theater contains Science On a Sphere (SOS), which uses computers and projectors to display data onto a 68 inch diameter sphere. It was developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is primarily utilized by museums and science centers for informal education. There are 62 institutions in the United States (and 51 more institutions internationally) that use SOS. JMU was the first university to install SOS and is one of a few universities to use SOS as a pedagogical tool in university courses. The Sphere Theater is also frequently used for school visits, which are arranged through JMU’s Middle School Visit Program and the STEM Education & Outreach Center. JMU faculty and staff who would like to use the Sphere Theater should email stewardship@jmu.edu.

Web Presence

http://www.jmu.edu/cise/collaborations/educational-outreach/index.shtml

Involvement

Involves Students, Involves Faculty, Involves Participants External to JMU

Scope

JMU Only

Frequency

Ongoing (Currently in existence, year round)

Areas of Engagement

Community Engagement, Engaged Learning

Format

Program

On/Off campus

On campus

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