The UND GeoDome is a portable planetarium system that travels to K-12 schools throughout North Dakota in its mission to engage students in astronomy topics.
About the Geodome
Astronomy, physics, geography, meteorology, and even some biology can be visualized in the Geodome's 3-D immersion simulation:traveling from earth to the Big Bang, watching the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch, viewing statistics on current forest fires, tracking weather and climate, and/or comparing energy consumption by country are examples of its versatile technology. Witnessing the awe and wonder of our universe is truly inspirational.
The GeoDome project is hosted by the University of North Dakota Department of Physics and Astrophysics under the Innovative and Strategic Program Initiatives for Research and Education-North Dakota (INSPIRE North Dakota) NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1, as an education and outreach activity of the Center for Regional Climate Studies (CRCS) with Dr. Timothy Young as the Principal Investigator. Dr. Young is an expert astrophysicist, theorist, and an avid astronomer, and operates two observatories in the upper midwest.
Contact us if you'd like a visit for your North Dakota school.
History of the Geodome
The GeoDome project began in 2014 as a mechanism to engage students in education on the universe and to emphasize selected astronomy, astrophysics, space science and earth science topics.
Geodome shows are offered to K-12 schools in North Dakota at no charge where Astrophysicist Dr. Timothy Young will travel to host shows during each class period on a given school day. Joining him as operator is Physicist Dr. David DeMuth, together the two paint an inspiring story of the workings of the Universe.
A regular theme emphasized in Dr. Young's shows is the Native American interpretation of the night sky, and featuring story tellers from local tribal communities. Short films such as the documentary Tales of the Mayan Skies immerses the audience into Mayan astronomy, art and culture through a custom score and compelling visuals.
Teachers and their students are regularly amazed with the immersive experience of the GeoDome.
- "Planet hopping was very interesting, we asked the operator to go to Mars, and we did, then we drove around the surface, exploring the terrain." - Teacher at Langdon, N.D.
- "I had no idea the universe was so big, literally billions of galaxies, each of which hosting billions of stars, wow!" - Teacher at West Fargo, N.D.
- "We appreciated Dr. Young's conversation on the importance of preserving the water and air on Earth." - Teacher at Williston, N.D.
- "I wish my children could of experienced this, what a great ride" - Teacher at Minot, N.D.
To learn more, please contact:
Dr. Timothy Young
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of North Dakota
Dr. David DeMuth, Jr.
Valley City State University