Maya Skies: Research and Capacity-building in Fulldome Planetariums

February 15th, 2007 - July 31st, 2010 | PROJECT

The Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, CA is forming and leading a national collaboration producing Maya Skies, a full-dome digital planetarium theater project with several deliverables: a 25-minute Maya Skies show, a model for collaborative production in the full-dome field, research on full-dome immersion experiences and learning, the establishment of a national consortium of seven full-dome theaters and professional development workshops for the field. The research, conducted by the Institute for Learning Innovation, will test the degree to which personal relevance influences free-choice learning experiences. New technologies for digital, high resolution image data-capturing of archaeological sites will be employed. The project's goal is to advance the digital planetarium field with innovations in show production and research and with increased impact on public audiences and the practice of planetarium professionals.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

Maya Skies External Evaluation Report
Influence of Immersion on Visitor Learning: Maya Skies Research Report

Team Members

Alexander Zwissler, Principal Investigator, Chabot Space and Science Center
Alexandra Barnett, Former Principal Investigator, Chabot Space and Science Center
Martin Storksdieck, Co-Principal Investigator, Institute for Learning Innovation
David Beining, Co-Principal Investigator, University of New Mexico


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0610253
Funding Amount: 2801309


Audience: Evaluators | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Space science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Media and Technology | Planetarium and Science on a Sphere | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Resource Centers and Networks