Third graders at Washington Irving had the opportunity to experience The Earth Dome, thanks to a grant from the PTA! This giant inflatable earth balloon stands 19-feet high and 22-feet in diameter, and is made of 24 huge panels silkscreened with photographs shot from satellites of the surface of the world.
It truly is a unique educational tool that offers an immersive experience for students to learn about the geography and environmental issues of the world. It has been used extensively across the United States to educate students about geography as well as environmental issues.
Mr. AJ from Mobile Ed Productions took students on a “tour” around the exterior teaching about continents, countries, landforms, and waterforms. This allowed the students to gain a better understanding of the world and the United States' position within it. Students were amazed by the size and appearance of the balloon and were eager to explore its exterior and interior.
As a grand finale, classes went inside the Earth Dome and oriented themselves to where the 50 United States are on the planet in juxtaposition to other areas. The Earth Dome truly provided students with a unique and immersive learning experience, while simultaneously promoting an understanding of geography and environmental issues. Our students are grateful to the PTA for the generous grant!