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Presentation leaves Dobbins students seeing stars

January 26, 2012
By Kathleen Palumbo , Town Crier correspondent

Outside the confines of the classroom walls, a recent science presentation in the school's gymnasium provided the students of Dobbins Elementary School a lesson that was out of this world.

Provided by Mobile Ed Productions, Inc. and its presenter Derek McDonald, Sky Dome Planetarium -- at roughly 15 feet high and 35 feet across -- was no doubt an awe-inspiring sight to the students who, school Principal Cheryl Borovitcky said, "lit up at the first sight of the dome."

According to information provided by Mobile Ed Productions, Inc., the portable, inflatable Sky Dome and its presenter, takes students on a 45-minute journey through the universe, a journey which for the Dobbins students garnered "oohs and ahhs" from the initial star-filled sky, through star and constellation identity, and Greek mythological characters that can be found in the stars.

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Photos by Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent
Following a brief instruction by presenter Derek McDonald of Mobile Ed Productions, Inc., Dobbins Elementary School first-grade students begin making their way through the tunnel and into Sky Dome for the presentation.

Throughout the day, each grade visited the Sky Dome presentation, which was tailored for each age group and provided appropriate academic content.

While student comments ranged from third-graders Haley Trolio, who said she liked that the presenter told funny jokes, to Seth Kollar, who liked the color of the sun, Dobbins third-grade teacher Marlene Booher said of the demonstration, "It gives the students a very good understanding of an abstract idea."

Sharing that the presentation was offered to support science standards and was sponsored by PTO, "We were thrilled to have the Sky Dome Assembly come to Dobbins," said Borovitcky, who added that the students were excited to take part in the special event.



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