As more schools in China build WorldWide Telescope (WWT) Digital Domes, an alliance among the planetariums helps share experiences and resources – including courses that have already taught more than 2,000 students.
About 10 months ago, China’s first planetarium driven by the WWT was launched at the Shixinlu primary school. Powered by six high-resolution projectors, the 8-meter dome installation has enabled students to see and study the stars and the universe in an immersive planetarium setting. They’ve also created their own tours of the heavens, which are then displayed on the dome.
The WWT Digital Dome project aims to add planetariums to schools, from elementary level to university. Three primary schools and three universities are constructing or are committed to building a WWT Digital Dome. There are now 16 WWT courses for primary and secondary schools, and workshops have emerged to build upon these educational efforts. Also, a community of WWT users in Beijing have begun integrating traditional Chinese constellation images into the WWT astronomical data sets.
Head over to the Microsoft Research Connections Blog to find out more about WWT and Digital Domes.
Microsoft News Center Staff