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What is Stardome?

The STARDOME is a versatile learning environment that allows a subject to be explored in a way unlike any other.

The 360 degree dome enables us to deliver a range of subjects in a completely immersive and interactive space, allowing the students to explore a range of environments as it wraps around them. From the massive scale of the universe to the microscopic scale of the cells that make up the human body, the STARDOME provides a unique insight into the world around us.


Contact outreach.stardome@keele.ac.uk


We are aliens!

Age group: KS3/KS4


The Human Race is connected better and faster than ever before but what about elsewhere? Could we one day be part of a galactic community sharing our knowledge and ideas? Or, is Earth the only planet with life? We Are Aliens! takes you on an epic ride in the hunt for the evidence of alien life. This production balances science, education and family entertainment. We Are Aliens! narrated by Rupert Grint is an exciting new 360° Fulldome digital planetarium show produced by NSC Creative with input from UK Astronomers.





We are stars

Age group: KS3/KS4/KS5


Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins. Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon and the molecules for life.  With expert input from leading Cosmologists, Astrophysicists, Astrochemists, Planetary Scientists and Astrobiologists we present humanity’s current understanding of where everything, including us, comes from.  Narrated by Andy Serkis.





Cell! Cell! Cell!

Age group: KS3/KS4/ AS-Level


You are made of 70 trillion living cells. They work. They talk. They think. They are what make you alive.  This is the story of the trillions of cells that form our bodies, from our beginnings as a single cell, to the complexity of a whole body: it’s the story of who we are. Join Raj and Sooki on a totally ex-CELL-ent immersive journey. Get shrunk down by the Shrink-a-tron, go back in time with the Retroscope and see an exploded view of all the body systems courtesy of the Cell-o-tron.





Dynamic Earth

Age Group: KS4/ KS5


The show explores the inner workings of Earth’s climate system. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes.  Narrated by Liam Neeson.






Age Group: KS3/KS4


Supervolcanoes is an immersive planetarium show that looks back at rare classes of eruptions that have marshalled the energy that lurks, like a sleeping dragon, beneath the surface of planet Earth.  The program moves beyond Earth to explore the impact of giant volcanic eruptions around our solar system.  Audiences will fly down to Neptune’s frigid moon Triton, and onto the ultimate volcanic world: Jupiter’s moon Io.  On a visit to a legendary North American hot spot, Yellowstone National Park, the films asks: can a supervolcano erupt in our time?  Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.





World 2 War

Age Group: KS3/KS4


Explore the events of World War II from the outbreak of war in Europe to the devastation of Hiroshima in Japan.  World 2 War guides you though the major events of the Second World War including the impact of the Treaty of Versailles, the rise of nationalism in Germany and the eventual success of the allies on D-Day.  Experience the battlefields in way you never have before!




The STARDOME is a large, inflatable dome that is 7.5m x 7.5m x 3.5m in size and requires a large space to be
safely operated. Typically, a school hall is ideal as long as there are no projectors above the STARDOME. We also need the following:

-A power supply

-Access to the venue 1hr before the first session starts to set up the STARDOME

-Access to venue for 45mins after the last session finishes to pack up

-It would also be helpful to have vehicle access to the venue as the equipment is heavy and fragile. The closer the better!


Booking a session

The STARDOME is ready and available to book free of charge on Fridays. To book a STARDOME session, please email outreach.stardome@keele.ac.uk with details of the school, the session you are interested in, the number of sessions you require and the possible date for the sessions to be delivered. Our STARDOME Officer will then be in touch. The STARDOME can accommodate 25 students at a time so you may need to book multiple sessions throughout the day.

Please be aware that the STARDOME Officer is only available on Mondays and Fridays 8.45 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. and responses will be limited throughout the rest of the week.

For further information about any of the sessions please contact your Higher Horizons+ contact or email outreach.stardome@keele.ac.uk stating that you are interested in a Higher Horizons+ event.

If you have any questions or want advice on our sessions you can get in touch.