"The content & delivery was very good. The WWII film deepened the children's understanding as it brought to life many of the facts / events we have looked at this term"
"Children were fully engaged and the delivery and pace was appropriate for the age group"
Stoke Primary School
Audience comments after 330 Reception & Year 5 students from six different schools plus 30 members of the public enjoyed a 7m digital planetarium experience outdoors alongside a lake, with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Space Shapes and Great Planet Adventures:
"The planetarium event was very successful. Fantastic experience for the school children and teachers, and everybody learnt something!" - organiser, London Borough of Hillingdon
- "Really good and enjoyed by the children
- Amazing show with plenty of information
- Really different and they learned lots about space
- Miles better than the one that visited our school, far more realistic
- Perfect for their age, the pupils were amazed
- Very well presented, kept the students engaged
- Brilliant, they loved it"
London Borough of Hillingdon
"Thank you for the experience. The children have learnt a lot of new and interesting facts, building upon their current knowledge"
Kings Copse Primary School
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Feedback from teachers after 400 Reception to Year 6 pupils experienced a 7m digital planetarium adventure with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Space Shapes and Great Planet Adventures:
"Thank you so much for this fantastic experience, all of the children and adults learnt lots of interesting facts about our solar system. This is definitely something that the children will remember for a long time"
"The whole school has spoken nothing but positively about the day and their experience with you. Children and adults loved it. Thank you again for your time and support"
"Mario and his awesome planetarium provided the whole school - over 400 children - with a fabulous experience racing through space and colonising distant planets. I highly recommend Immersive Theatres, as Mario is a patient individual who will do all he can to support teachers, their varying class needs and organisational skills; ensuring every child is fully engaged in this brilliant experience. EVERY class teacher has talked about how brilliant it was for their class and even some adults learnt something new too! A day full of awe and wonder, nobody will forget soon"
Woodside Community School
"We had a lovely time in the planetarium! The kids enjoyed it and it will be something they remember for a long time. The meteorite was a very special touch. As a teacher, I learned so much, I can only imagine how much the children have learned! The content was relevant to what we are learning and we'll definitely be referring to this during our lessons. Thank you!"
"Thank you for the presentations and coming all this way. The children really did enjoy it as did the adults that came in to see what it was all about. It’s definitely given other year groups ideas for the future"
Claycots Primary School
"Thank you for our planetarium shows. The children really enjoyed them and their only suggested improvement was to build a real rocket and really go to space! I particularly liked the live show and the fact that the stars were shown as they really were that night. As I'm sure you could tell from the noise, the children were very excited"
Eversfield Preparatory School
Teacher feedback after 110 Reception, Year 1, Year 3 and Year 5 children enjoyed a 5m digital planetarium adventure with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films We Are Aliens, Earth's Wild Ride and Space Shapes:
"Our Year 5 class really enjoyed their experience in the planetarium - especially exploring the ISS and visiting other planets and their moons. They were engaged throughout and we all found it interesting and fascinating - thank you!"
"Thanks so much, we really enjoyed it and it helped deliver lots of awe and wonder!"
John Wilkinson Primary School
Feedback from schools attending a community outreach event that made a 6m digital planetarium available to 300 Reception to Year 6 students from two different schools, as well as members of the public. Audiences enjoyed the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Great Planet Adventures, We Are Aliens, Little Star That Could and Space Shapes:
"A very useful and unique experience. We really enjoyed it. Thank you very much"
"Thank you very much for this experience. We enjoyed it so much and learnt a lot about our planets, stars and solar system"
"Thank you for the opportunity to have a unique experience for our children. They have thoroughly enjoyed it"
"'The most amazing thing I ever saw' - quote from a child. All the children were completely enthralled and engaged. Their faces were a delight, full of wonder! It brought all that we had learned so far to life and tied in really well with our topic of the Solar System. I would thoroughly recommend it"
"Thank you for a great experience, and being so accommodating. The children are enthralled by space now"
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Primary School
"What a fantastic experience for our students. The children were fascinated and loved the lifelike experience visiting and learning about the Solar System"
"Thank you so much for the visit to Greenfield School. I am not sure who enjoyed the experience most, children or adults! It really was fantastic for the children to gain a 360 degree experience of the solar system. This has really motivated the children at the start of our new topic"
- We liked it because most of us had never experienced a planetarium before
- It felt like a real life experience and really captivated us
- The presenter was very interactive and welcoming – he made us feel relaxed
- We loved it because it gave us lots of in depth info about the moon
- We learnt to distinguish between stars and planets
- We learnt how to pinpoint the north star and its importance
- It felt like it was real
- I learnt that there is a google lunar x prize
- I did not know that you see less stars the older you are
- I learnt that some stars are blue, loved the show
- I didn’t realise about the challenges of a space craft
- I loved the show and learnt lots of new facts
- Great show and interesting film about the google x prize
Harborne Primary School
"Thank you so much for coming. It was a great event and the dome was as popular as ever. The erection of the dome and delivery of the shows was efficient and really well organised. All attendees were really excited about watching the different shows and the feedback was really excellent. I would recommend Immersive Theatres for any event!"
Idle Valley Nature Reserve
"Excellent! The children in Year 2 loved it. Very engaging and the children learnt so much. Great experience for them"
Barton Hill Academy
Feedback after 40 visitors at an astronomy viewing evening enjoyed a 4m digital planetarium experience with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and various 360° clips including Zoom to the Centre of the Milky Way:
- "You're better than the last guy
- Very insightful
- Come back
- So great, would definitely recommend
- I'm saving £6 million for a trip to space!!
- Fantastic and breathtaking, thank you.
- I rate it
Feedback from teachers after 45 Year 8, 9 and 10 students enjoyed a special two-session 7m digital dome treat with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Dynamic Earth, The Body Code, Shining Light on the Stars, Wake Up and Smell the Coffee and Nanocam:
"The shows were fantastic and everything we hoped them to be, we will definitely be leaving you a 5 star rating. I have passed on your email to our senior leadership team who will be delighted with your comments about our pupils and school. I’m very proud of the school and the 45 pupils who attended yesterday and I’m pleased you found them to be well behaved, respectful and engaged, they really enjoyed your shows. Thanks again, we will be in touch with you in the future"
"Mario visited our school yesterday and it was brilliant! The children loved the experience along with the staff. Fantastic experience for all ages! I cannot recommend Immersive Theatres enough. Thank you very much for you time"
Thomas Telford School
Feedback from 315 Year 2-4 students from two different schools (sharing a booking) who enjoyed a 6m digital dome adventure with the 2-in-1 Performance and 360° films Astronaut and Little Star That Could:
- "Astronauts have to train lots
- I felt like I was floating off the ground
- an amazing show
- space felt close
- astonishing and a bit scary
- I enjoyed looking at stars I can't see in reality
- I thought I was in space
- felt like I was moving
- it was excellent getting inside a human
- I thought I was a real astronaut
- I thought I was spinning
- A brilliant experience!" - teacher
Teacher feedback after 30 Year 5 students enjoyed a 5m digital dome adventure with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Great Planet Adventures, The Incredible Sun and Astronaut:
"Mario visited our school today and provided the children with a fabulous experience racing through space and colonizing distant planets. I highly recommend Immersive Theatres, they have been amazingly patient with my erratic emailing, have delivered exactly what was advertised and more. Our Year 5 pupils give them 30 thumbs up and we will definitely be booking again in the future"
"Thank you for today, the kids (and staff) had a great time and got so much from the show. I know that it has inspired lots of the teachers and we will hopefully be back in touch later in the school year for another booking"
Jennetts Park Primary School
"All the children and staff thought the experience was fantastic and the children were full of excitement when talking about what they had seen"
"Children we were worried about behaved great and were totally engrossed in watching the short films and learning all about space. I fully recommend Immersive Theatres to any school - a definite 5 stars!"
Oakridge Community Primary
"Fabulous! Children were totally engaged and very interested / excited. Pitched at just the right level for Year 2. Particularly enjoyed the trip to the International Space Station. Thanks!"
"The children and the staff thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Thank you, we hope to see you next year as well"
Filton Avenue Primary School
"A fantastic start to our space project. The children loved seeing all the stars and planets. It was just at the right level to start it all off. Thank you"
St White's Primary School
Teacher comment after 75 KS1 and KS2 children attending a summer school enjoyed a 6m digital planetarium experience with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films We Are Aliens and Space Shapes:
"The children were so engaged and excited, one of them said they wanted to see it 100 more times! Another child said it was the best thing he had ever seen. The show was really informative and pitched appropriately for the age of the children. The information about the space station was fascinating. All the children and adults thoroughly enjoyed our planetarium experience!"
Mandeville Primary School
Feedback from the organiser of a summer club, where 130 children from Reception to Year 6 enjoyed numerous 7m digital dome experiences with the 2-in-1 Performance and immersive films Little Star That Could, We Are Aliens, Earth's Wild Ride, Great Planet Adventures, Space Shapes and Perseus & Andromeda:
"The feedback was great. Thank you for your hard work on the day. Hope to see you again going forward"
Poolside Manor Multi-activity Summer Camp
Feedback from the organiser of a church summer club, where 160 children from Reception to Year 5 enjoyed a 6m digital dome adventure with the 2-in-1 Performance and immersive films Little Star That Could and We Are Aliens:
"Thank you so much for today - I think it's fair to say the kids had a wonderful time in the dome. At the end, they were all asked to cheer the loudest for the bit they most enjoyed and the cheer for the dome was definitely the loudest! Thank you once again and I'm glad you also enjoyed visiting us. I would certainly use you again if we ever have a space themed event!"
Church of Christ the King
"The students were engaged and really enjoyed the day, especially the CREST students, who were able to ask specific questions based on their project. Our experience with Immersive Theatres and Mario was brilliant! Very professional, friendly and willing to put in extra effort to deliver a programme tailored to our needs. We highly recommend as it was educational and enjoyable for both staff and students!"
"The feedback we have had from students and staff are only high praises! Thank you for all your effort in making the special programme for the CREST students. I hope in the future we are able to book you again as it really was a great day"
The Arthur Terry School
Feedback from the organiser of a community outreach event that made a 6m digital dome experience available to 260 Year 3-6 students from four different schools, as well as 30 members of the public. Audiences experienced the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Great Planet Adventures, The Earth and Me and We Are Aliens:
"I think a very successful day and a very enjoyable day. I had an email from the afternoon school’s head teacher to say that the children enjoyed themselves. Some of the comments from the children as they were exiting the Dome ranged from, awesome, cool, amazing and one little girl actually asked me if she had been to Space!!! One boy gave it 11/10. Thanks very much"
"The feedback we received was really good, and I enjoyed my space journey. Mario was an excellent host - taking us on our journey through the stars. Star gazers old and young thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I would recommend this to anyone learning about, or those with an interest in, our solar system. BRAVO!"
Feedback from the organiser of a summer event for low-income families, where 50 children and parents experienced a 6m digital planetarium with the 2-in-1 Performance and immersive film Journey to Infinity:
"Thank you so much for supporting our event, the feedback from parents and children was fab and everyone really enjoyed themselves. Everyone came out the dome thinking they had been in space!"
First Love Foundation
Teacher comments after 150 Year 5 and Year 7 students from three different schools enjoyed a 7m digital planetarium adventure with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive film Great Planet Adventures:
"Amazing session - so much information and the children learnt SO much from it!"
"The planetarium was fantastic! Every pupil really enjoyed the shows and one of the year 7s was blown away and now wants to be an astronaut"
Shire Oak Academy
- "It was epic
- The dinosaurs look so real
- Found it scary
- Thanks, so cool
- The sky was moving all around me"
St Teresa's Primary School
St Helens, Merseyside
Written feedback from a teacher after 32 Year 7 to Year 12 students from three different schools (including 6 wheelchair users) enjoyed a 7m digital dome experience with the2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive film Fractals!:
"We had a visit from Mario and his 7m dome for students ranging from year 7 to year 12 as well as visiting students ranging from year 7 to post 16 with a wide variety of physical and special educational needs. All the students loved the presentation, fantastically visually stimulating with lots of knowledgeable information supplied by Mario which gave added interest for our higher ability year 12 students in particular. All superbly organised with no hassle for us at all. We'd love to have you again next year! Thank you!"
"Amazing! Fabulous colours and patterns. Really good for all age groups and abilities. I was only planning to stay for 5 minutes but stayed for 45 minutes! It was so interesting, especially the time when Mario was explaining about the planets and space station. Very sensory but also relaxing in a meditation kind of way. I would recommend it to anyone. Thank you so much"
"We really enjoyed the show and we'd love to have you back another time"
Stroud High School
Teacher comments after the entire school of 260 Reception to Year 6 pupils enjoyed a 5m digital planetarium experience over two days with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Space Shapes, Little Star That Could and We Are Aliens:
"A very stimulating experience for our class. The children loved the dome and have gained so much information about our solar system"
"A fantastic experience, our children loved it. The dome is a stunning way to learn about space and will live long in the memory"
"Thank you so much for your amazing visit - every single comment I've heard from children and adults has been very positive, everyone had a fantastic time in the dome and they learned loads of new things. I've no doubt that you'll be hearing from us again, we really loved it"
Trull Primary School
Written feedback from teachers after 90 Year 1-4 students enjoyed a 5m digital planetarium experience with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Space Shapes, Little Star That CouldandGreat Planet Adventures:
"We loved the planetarium Mario, so inspiring and so well organised. The feedback from my colleagues was that it was fantastic. Thank you so much. I would be happy to leave a 5 star rating on Google places"
"A brilliant experience, brought our space topic to life"
"Very clear explanations, pitched right!"
"I felt like I was flying (Year 1) / It was really interesting (Year 1)"
Streatley Primary School
Comments received after the entire school of 200 students enjoyed a 6m digital dome experience with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Little Star That Could and Natural Selection:
"A brand new experience"
"Amazing experience, you felt like you were there"
"Animation was accurate, it looked real"
"Realistic and explanations were clear"
Redfield Edge Primary School
Audience feedback after 950 Year 4 & Year 8 students and teachers from 14 different schools enjoyed a digital planetarium adventure with the immersive film Journey To Infinity inside 6m and 7m domes:
"On behalf of the college I would just like to say a massive thank you to you and your STEM Ambassador staff for yesterday. You always put on an amazing show and the children (and the staff) always have a really enjoyable day" - event organiser
- It was amazing the way we went away from the Universe
- It was very fascinating and awesome
- It made me feel like I was in space
- I loved it, it was amazing and all my friends loved it as well
- It made me feel dizzy
- This thing was lovely I liked it very much
- It was amazing and very great I wish I could go again
- Loved it, learned so much
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Heart of Worcestershire College
Feedback after 44 KS2 students enjoyed a special Islamic astronomy presentation on The Ramadhan Moon:
"Thank you for providing an excellent service. The children AND adults alike had a fantastic time. They were filled with awe and wonder during the sessions, as the moon and stars seem so real!! Thank you for giving the children this experience"
Aisha Mosque & Islamic Centre
"Great information and very engaging. The children loved it!"
"The children absolutely loved the experience as did staff"
"Amazing session! Definitely worth it - and the children all really enjoyed themselves"
"Very informative and fun session for the children. Thank you"
Redfield Educate Together Primary Academy
Comments received after the entire school of 480 Nursery to Year 6 students enjoyed a 7m digital dome adventure with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and 360° films Space Shapes, Great Planet Adventures and We Are Aliens:
"What an amazing experience for the children. Content was well organised and presented in a completely engaging way"
"Very impressive and amazing visuals which I’m sure the children won’t forget. May have inspired future astronauts and space researchers!"
"Brilliant presentation, children fully engaged. An unforgettable experience"
- "My favourite part was looking through the space station viewing windows and seeing what the astronauts see
- I enjoyed learning about the process the scientists go through and how hard they work
- It was interesting and cool how it was presented across the whole dome"
St Joseph’s RC Primary School
Feedback received after the entire school of 380 Reception to Year 6 students enjoyed twelve 5m digital planetarium sessions over two days with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals with immersive films Space Shapes and Great Planet Adventures:
"Feedback from staff and pupils has been overwhelmingly positive. We will definitely be booking again" - Deputy Head
"A brilliant show, all the children were amazed with the visual special effects and it was explained really clearly. They learned a great deal about different aspects and some are now inspired to become astronauts!"
"Age-related, stimulating and fun. Thank you, we had an amazing time"
"Just the right amount of time. Very visually stimulating. Age related. Sound effects were good. A fantastic show, would definitely recommend. The children were mesmerised and engaged throughout"
- "I felt that I was moving and I really liked it
- It was very atmospheric and very realistic
- I liked it when they showed us all the rooms in the space station
- It was very interesting and some of the predictions were good
- I liked it when the roof opened and I could see all the planets in space
- It felt like you were actually there. The movie was really good
- I liked seeing the Milky Way
- I thought it was really, really realistic and the sound effects were good
- It gave us an idea of what it’s like in Space
- It was very futuristic
- Some of the facts we didn’t know but we were told these"
The Royal School Wolverhampton
Comments received after the entire school of 470 Nursery to Year 6 students kicked off their Science Week with eight 7m digital planetarium sessions and the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals with immersive films Journey to Infinity, Space Shapes, Little Star That Could and Great Planet Adventures:
"We can't recommend Mario and Immersive Theatres highly enough. The sense of wonder he created for our children (and staff) was amazing. He couldn't have been more accommodating and tailored all of the programs to the requirements of the year group. He even made time to introduce children who were unsure to the dome beforehand. Everything ran so smoothly and we enjoyed every minute! Any school looking for a real 'wow' will not be disappointed!" - Assistant Vice Principal
"The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. It was a real 'wow' moment for them that I'm sure they'll remember forever. Our staff were very impressed and all said that we must do it again. Thank you again for a wonderful day!"
"Totally amazing! So well organised and content completely fit in with our week"
"Very impressive! We all enjoyed the experience and loved the WOW factor for our children"
- "I'm still shaking it was so amazing
- I was really surprised when the roof came off
- I loved seeing the Solar System
- How did we get to space?
- It was wicked!"
Wednesbury Oak Academy
"A truly mesmerising and immersive experience where we all learnt so much. The children, and staff, were fully engaged and it has inspired lots of thought and questions"
- "Venus is a house on fire with its windows shut - I will remember that
- I won't forget that the size of the International Space Station is the size of a football pitch
- It was very realistic
- I remember that the Earth is heatng up and 1 degree hotter will mean that sea levels will rise
- I will remember the different sections of the space station
- I was amazed the Earth has lost a quarter of its polar ice
- You taught us well!"
Henleaze Junior School
"The children enjoyed it a great deal. The mix of topics was good and presented pretty seamlessly, each following on from the previous. The child next to me said that he wants his own planetarium now"
"Children from YR to Y6 were buzzing after the visit. As they went home they were all talking to parents and grandparents who were collecting. The planetarium is immersive and leaves young minds with true awe and wonder"
"An enjoyable experience. Allows for good discussion points for future lessons. Good presentation and excellent visuals"
"A great experience. Communication beforehand was excellent, with attention given to our needs. Familiarisation was offered for those children who might have found entering the dome to be a concern. The programme delivered was informative and entertaining at a level very appropriate for end of KS2. The visual display was impressive and enthralling"
Meadow Green Primary School
Written feedback after the entire school of 360 Reception to Year 6 students enjoyed a 7m digital planetarium experience with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and 360° films Space Shapes, Great Planet Adventures and We Are Aliens:
"Fantastic experience for us all, a huge amount of information provided through an engaging and memorable presentation. The children loved the roof opening, visiting the space station and planet hopping"
"Very enjoyable presentation which engaged all children. Generated some deep throughts and questions about space"
"All staff were very impressed and expressed the excitement of the children"
St Catherine's Primary School
Teacher comment after 60 Year 1 and 2 students enjoyed a 5m digital planetarium experience with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and special presenter-led programme on the Apollo landings and future colonisation of the Moon:
"Thank you for an amazing show. The children were raving about it for the rest of the day"
Tidcombe Primary School
Feedback from some of the 180 Early Years to Year 6 students and teachers immersed in a 5m digital planetarium with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and 360° films Space Shapes, Great Planet Adventures and The Little Star That Could:
"A wonderful experience for the children. They said it was 'cool', 'super' and 'can we go again?' Lots of wonderful interesting information that the children have retained, thank you"
- "The stars were twinkerling
- I thought we were in real space
- I liked the rocket journey
- I liked the sun, the sun is a star
- I loved the stars can I go again"
Alderman Richard Hallam Primary School
A few comments received after the whole school of 470 students from Reception to Year 6 enjoyed a 7m digital planetarium visit with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Space Shapes, Great Planet Adventures and We Are Aliens:
"All the staff and pupils thoroughly loved your show so thank you for making our space term so special and memorable"
- It was funny blasting into space whilst you were in the hall
- Confusing - how did they get up there?
- Dizzy but I liked it
- I liked all the pictures and the film"
Meadowbrook Primary School
Written feedback after the entire school of 130 pupils experienced a 4m digital dome surprise with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Space Shapes and Great Planet Adventures:
"A thoroughly enjoyable, almost magical, experience. Excellent, detailed information clearly delivered to the children, making the visit accessible and worthwhile"
"Thank you so much for visiting our school yesterday. It was an amazing experience for all the children and their comments were nothing but positive. The teachers also thoroughly enjoyed the day"
Airthrie Independent Primary School
Written feedback after the entire school of 420 Reception to Year 6 students travelled through space in a 6m digital planetarium:
"For our Science Week each class explored a different aspect of ‘Space.’ The highlight of the week was experiencing the Planetarium session. Thank you for making Science Week a fun and educational experience for all! A few quotes from the children about their Planetarium experience:
- I loved going in the dark dome
- It was really cool that you could zoom in on the planets
- It was interesting seeing that the stars are different colours and that it shows how hot they are
- I liked telling the man what I thought about it. I liked looking closely at the planets
- I liked it when we joined the stars to find the unicorn
- I loved it. It felt very real and fantastic. I learnt a lot and it was very factual
- I felt a bit dizzy. It was really good"
Great Berry Primary School
"Such an amazing learning experience for the children! They were so excited to see the universe and enjoyed learning about the planets and stars"
"Children were eager to find out what the presentation was about since they weren’t told (to build up anticipation). They were so engaged and enthusiastic when they went in the dome. It was a lovely experience which they will never forget"
Houndsfield Primary School
Written comments after the entire school of 230 Reception to Year 6 students travelled into space in a 7m digital dome with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Space Shapes and Great Planet Adventures:
"The children were so excited about the whole experience that the discussion continued when we were back in class. Thank you for providing an amazing experience for the children (and the adults!)"
"Thanks so much for today. It was a great launch to our topic and the children and staff really enjoyed it. Comments from the children included:
- The way they showed us how a black hole is formed was awesome. I understand it now
- We got to touch something that was so old and I’ll never get to do that again
- It was amazing when the roof went down!
- We learned about star formations and how they got their names
- My favourite part was exploring the ISS
- It felt like I was actually in space!"
Cabot Primary School
"I’m glad you feel it went well – I certainly agree with that. I particularly liked the way you “bought in” to our overall theme of awe and wonder, and adapted what films you showed to suit that overall message. In terms of some feedback for your page, I found the whole process easy and stress-free, from booking initially through the website to dealing with you before and on the day. If such circumstances ever arise in the future, I would certainly look at booking you again."
St Mary's High School
Written feedback from teachers after the entire school of 320 students from Nursery to Year 2 enjoyed an all-day 7m digital dome adventure with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Space Shapes and Little Star That Could:
"Our Year One children were totally captivated and enthralled by the planetarium. Mario’s manner with the children was superb. The level was perfectly pitched and we all learned something new. The experience will enrich the children’s lives for a long time to come. The dome has captured their imaginations. Thank you so much!"
"We saw rockets, planets and the sky. It was fantastic - 'double double good' say the children. Informative and engaging. A fantastic experience for the children, one said: 'It was like going into space when the ceiling went down'"
"Thank you for such a great experience! I’m sure we will be talking about this for some time. 'We saw Saturn - you can’t run around it because it’s rocks and ice’. ‘We saw the Big Dipper’. ‘I liked the big rockets and the astronauts’. Mario, we hope to see you again!"
Herne Hill Independent Primary School
Feedback after the entire school of 420 Reception to Year 6 students enjoyed a 7m digital dome adventure with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Space Shapes, Little Star That Could, Earth's Wild Ride and We Are Aliens:
"A fantastic presentation! All relevant facts and information. Interesting content and appealing visuals. Up to date. This is what some of the children said:
- The most awesome thing ever
- Great! I learnt a lot about space
- Out of this world
- Amazing and exciting
- It blew my mind!
- Tremendously epic!
- It was cool when the roof opened
- I loved the story about the star, that was my favourite"
"Excellent service. Mario has been extremely helpful. The booking process was simple & easy & Mario was efficient & prompt in answering my questions"
"Wonderful experience which all of the children thoroughly enjoyed. It was very informative and fascinating"
Peterbrook Primary School
Teacher comment after 175 Year 1, 5 & 6 pupils enjoyed a 7m digital planetarium experience with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Moles, From Earth to the Universe and Natural Selection:
"All children (from year 1 to 6) loved it. Visually, it was very impressive and clearly Mario had a lot of subject knowledge and was well able to answer any of the tricky questions asked by students. Both educational and entertaining and I would not hesitate to recommend this to other schools. Thanks for a great day Mario"
"Great show! Very interesting and great for the children to learn all about space and the planets. I could tell they all really enjoyed the experience"
Avondale Park Primary
Teacher comment after 240 Year 5 & 6 students (from three different schools) attended a 7m digital planetarium show with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive film We Are Aliens:
"Excellent presentation, extremely informative and at a level that the pupils were able to access. The variety and nature of information maintained their interest throughout"
"So emotional - a truly wonderful experience, it will stay with me forever. Many, many thanks. It was beautiful"
British Science Week 2016
Middleton Cheney Library Supporters Group
Village Hall, Middleton Cheney
"I would like to say a massive thank you for coming today. Our children haven't stopped talking about it all day and really enjoyed it. The one fact that seems to have been a favourite of them all is learning about the Goldilocks zone. What a great way to explain it! Also can I add how thankful we were for your professionalism and also speed at packing down at the end to ensure our lunchtime could run as normal. That was very much appreciated!"
St Peter's Primary School
Teacher feedback after the entire school of 140 Reception to Year 6 pupils experienced a 5m digital dome experience with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Space Shapes, Little Star That Could, Earth's Wild Ride and We Are Aliens:
"The pupils really enjoyed it and different children found different parts really interesting - the colours of the stars, the names of the planets, the movie about the little star and the space station. We would certainly love to have you to our school again"
"The children found it fascinating. It was pitched really well to 5-7 year olds and they enjoyed being able to ask lots of questions. Some children asked me whether the roof really had opened up!"
Ellwood Community Primary School
Teacher comments after 360 Year 1, 3 and 5 pupils experienced a 7m digital planetarium experience with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Space Shapes and Great Planet Adventures:
"Everyone had a super time. The younger children were so excited seeing the Sun, Moon and night sky. Thank you for a really exciting day - head teacher. PS When can you come again?"
"It was very interesting for the children. Lovely visuals! The pupils really enjoyed it"
Thornton Primary School
"Thank you for a fantastic day - the children and adults loved it!"
"A fantastic session that helped give the children ideas to then write. It linked in perfectly with the space theme of our book week"
"The children loved seeing the space station during the show as they related it to Tim Peake"
Heron Park Academy
Feedback after visiting the senior school in the morning and junior school in the afternoon, with a 7m digital dome offering the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive film Journey to Infinity:
"Thank you ever so much for today - both at RGS and the Grange. All of the pupils I have spoken to have been buzzing about the dome. My sincere thanks for all that you have done"
Teachers' words after 410 Year 7 students (35 from a visiting school) experienced a 7m digital planetarium with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films We Are Aliens and Journey to Infinity:
"Very organised and well-led. Pupils now left with the desire to find out more. Good Q&A"
"Thank you for a wonderful experience. The children absolutely loved it. Best of luck"
Finham Park School
Feedback after the entire infant school (plus classes from two neighbouring primary schools) enjoyed a full day 7m digital planetarium experience with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Space Shapes and Little Star That Could:
"The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience of travelling through space. They found the planetarium very interesting and enjoyed finding out about the different areas of space. They particularly enjoyed finding out about the space station"
Burrsville Infant Academy
Clacton on Sea, Essex
"Pupils enjoyed the activity. Comments included ‘it was amazing to see the 3D effect’, ‘I liked finding out lots of new facts I did not know’ and ‘I didn’t know much about space until after the presentation’"
Bishop Gore School
"'Amazing facts about the aliens’, 'So cool how he shows us how to find the north star’, 'Sun never moves, we do', I like the way the pictures seem to fall on you'"
"Fantastic show, pupils were engaged. Lots of information to process!"
"A wonderful show, very interesting. The children loved learning new facts. Many thanks"
Ashville College Independent Junior School
Written feedback from a teacher after the entire school of 160 students enjoyed a 7m digital dome learning adventure:
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Bream Primary School
Written feedback from teachers after 180 Reception, Year 5 and 6 students enjoyed a 7m digital planetarium visit with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Space Shapes and We Are Aliens:
"The children really enjoyed the show. It supported areas of study really well. It captured their imaginations. Many thanks"
"Brilliant experience. Children totally enthralled with it. Would recommend it to other schools"
"Fun & exciting. Pitched perfectly for age and knowledge - wonderful experience"
Hardwicke Parochial School
Written feedback from teachers after the entire primary school of 400 students experienced a 7m digital dome adventure with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Space Shapes, Little Star That Could, Earth's Wild Ride and We Are Aliens:
"What a lovely experience! All children were really engaged and awe-struck by the 3D effects. I was even asked by one child if she had really just looked into space! Thank you for a great lesson"
"Brilliant experience. The children really enjoyed exploring space and took their learning and excitement back to the classroom"
"A fantastic experience. The pitch of the explanations were just right. The children left with a sense of awe and wonder!"
"The children loved it (as did I)! They particularly enjoyed the roof opening and asked if they could watch more. A great experience and introduced our next science topic nicely"
Lakeside Primary School
Teacher's written comment after 60 Year 5 students enjoyed a 5m digital dome lesson with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visualsand immersive films Great Planet Adventures and Creation - An Ancient Chinese Story:
"A fantastic introduction to our science topic next week. Such a clever idea and great that it can be brought into schools for all to share"
Willows CoE Primary School
Student comments (paraphrased and submitted by teachers) after the entire school of 260 Reception to Year 6 pupils experienced a 7m digital planetarium with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and the immersive films Space Shapes and Great Planet Adventures:
"We were amazed by everything we saw. Some parts were awe-inspiring other parts scary - but everything was exciting. Thank you so much" - Year 5
"We thought it was cool and very interesting. Lots of information about what could happen in the future. Thank you very much" - Year 6
"Year 4 children’s comments:
- It was awesome, exciting and interesting
- It was fun but I got a bit dizzy
- It inspired me for the future
- It was fascinating and it surprised me at times"
St Nicholas Catholic Primary
"Really interactive with lots of things for them to talk about. Pitched at the right level. Good length of time, good pace"
"Our favourite bits:
- learning about all of the planets
- the sun setting and rising
- when the roof was opening
- learning about the solar system and where the planets are
- that the rings of Saturn are made of ice
- learning about the Milky Way
- the Sun is the biggest star"
Madley Primary School
Written feedback from teachers of students with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) after enjoying the 2-in-1 Performance in a 6m digital dome with the immersive film Little Star That Could:
"Very helpful presenter, especially with all the wheelchairs we brought into the dome!"
"Very enjoyable show. Created a fun learning environment. Children were engaged throughout and enjoyed the experience"
"Wonderful environment for PMLD children. The dome was a great experience and the story was ideal in length & content. Thanks"
Old Hall School
Teacher's thoughts after the entire school of 352 Nursery, Reception, Year 1 & 2 students enjoyed a 5m digital dome experience (over two days) with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Space Shapes, Moles and Sunshine:
"It was a wonderful experience which all the children really enjoyed. It provided them with the opportunity to find out about the Universe and they retained a lot of information from the session. They loved the interaction and the variety. It was well adapted to their age group as well. Please come back again!"
"What an amazing experience! All the children were engaged throughout the session & had plenty of questions to ask. The children thoroughly enjoyed taking a trip into space & especially enjoyed walking inside the Space Station. A very memorable experience and I look forward to the ideas, language and further questions it encourages. Thank you!"
Geoffrey Field Infant School
Written feedback from teachers after Year 5 students enjoyed extra long KS2 Night Sky performances in a 6m digital planetarium:
"A beautifully delivered show, actually made me emotional. Never seen the children so well behaved, well done"
"A brilliant show, with lots for the children to learn"
Langtoft Primary School
Student feedback after the entire primary school of 300 students experienced a 7m digital dome adventure with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Space Shapes, Little Star That Could and Great Planet Adventures:
"When we saw the different parts of the satellite we were shocked about how the astronauts could be in space"
"I loved it when I saw the roof open and found out that we could see Venus and Jupiter at times of day"
"I want to go to Pluto and ice skate and I want to climb down the canyon of Mars. It was like my dreams had come true"
"It was cool because it was 3D"
Foxdell Junior School
Teacher's words after 125 Reception to Year 6 students enjoyed a 5m digital planetarium visit to their school with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Space Shapes and We Are Aliens:
"The children were absolutely amazed by the planetarium alongside the factual information given to them. The experience will be remembered for a long time to come. The staff learnt lots of new information too! Thank you so much"
Chudleigh Knighton Primary School
Teacher and student comments after 90 Reception children enjoyed a 5m digital dome adventure with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive film Space Shapes:
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Blue Coat Infant School
Written feedback from teachers after the entire school of 240 Reception to Year 6 students experienced a 7m digital planetarium adventure with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Great Planet Adventures and Space Shapes:
"A fantastic experience for year 3 and 4, I’m sure the children will always remember their experience"
"We loved going to the moon and travelling in the space rocket to the space station. It was a great experience for all. The planets were fantastic and we learnt that stars twinkle and planets don’t"
"Thank you Mario for an amazing experience. We really enjoyed our trip to space. Reception want to go again"
Old Hill Primary School
"Brilliant, all the children were engaged and loved it!"
"Fabulous show! Lots of oos and arrs! All the children enjoyed it and a great way to learn about the sky"
"Excellent show. Great Knowledge. Children loved it and were very curious and engaged. Great rapport with children. Something different which our children will never have experienced before. Thanks!"
"Children all enjoyed the show. Great presenter knowledge. New experience and all will remember. Interesting way to learn"
"Amazing! We would love to do more lesson in the dome! Pupils really ejoyed the experience. Great way to learn"
Pennine Way Primary School
Student comments after 90 Nursery, Reception and Year 2 students experienced the 5m digital planetarium with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Little Star That Could, Moles and Space Shapes:
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George Fentham Endowed School
"An amazing experience! Our children were so engaged and motivated to ask questions and learn more. The ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaahs’ told their own story! Thank you"
"What a fantastic experience we had. The children were fascinated and have had so many questions answered as well as many more questions to ask. An excellent time had by all! (teachers included). Thank you"
St Peter's CoE Primary School
Teachers' written comments after 180 Nursery to Year 6 students enjoyed a 7m digital planetarium experience with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Space Shapes and We Are Aliens:
"We enjoyed looking at the night sky and what you can see in the morning on the way to school"
We really enjoyed looking at the planets and stars and exploring the International Space Station"
St Barnabas Primary School
"The planetarium was a great experience for the children in school as we could choose different shows for each year group. The presenter made sure the day went smoothly and all children were able to access the planetarium. It was a good start to our whole school STEM project, it certainly had the wow factor" - Science Co-ordinator teacher
“It looked like 3D but it wasn’t”, “I didn’t know there were lots of galaxies like the milky way”, “What I liked about the planetarium is that we learned about the stars and it was like a big bouncy castle and I had so much fun in there”, "I didn’t know that stars exploded" - students
Lobley Hill Primary School
Lexden Primary School
"We really enjoyed this better-than-expected experience. The knowledge about the different planets and the solar system was very useful. The effects were very realistic. The children were fascinated by the meteorite. Thoroughly enjoyed it, thank you Mario"
Severne Primary School
"Outstanding. Absolutely amazing. Some great information about the ISS. Excellent boost to science topic" - teacher
"Amazing", "Interesting about the age of Earth's rocks", "Out of this world", "I liked the meteorite", "Enjoyed the dome experience", "Excellent", "Very interesting about the ISS" - students
Milton Park Primary
"The children really enjoyed this. They found it very exciting and had a lot of fun. Highly recommended. Thank you!"
"This was a very engaging and enjoyable experience. The children found it very exciting and enjoyed seeing the planets brought to life!"
Shireland Hall Primary Academy
"Engaging, inspiring and enjoyable; it provided the perfect launch for our space week. Every child’s imagination was captured by the brilliant cinematography, which was also of great quality. Information about planets was plentiful and the creative clips of possible life-innovations in space for the future balanced the presentation beautifully. Thank you for focussing on the International Space Station and Tim Peake following a short brief. All pupils, including an autistic child, loved it. Well done and thank you" - Head of Science (and personal friend of Tim Peake)
"The children were engrossed throughout in the planetarium. A good range of information without being overwhelming. The visuals were fantastic and your commentary & explanations were very well pitched and paced. Thank you very much"
"The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and came out of the show “buzzing”. The information was presented in such a way that all children were able to appreciate the enormity of the solar system and the diversity of planets within it. Thank you"
Wootton Wawen C of E Primary School
"Clear explanations the children could access. Great images - 3D really brought it to life. Children in awe!"
Milbrook Junior School
Written feedback after 135 Reception and 95 Year 5 students enjoyed a 6m digital planetarium experience with the 2-in-1 Performance, Principia ISS visuals and immersive films Space Shapes, The Planets and We Are Aliens:
"Engaging and immersive, matched the children's needs and gave them an unforgettable experience. Followed the children's interests and answered any questions asked. Thank you for a memorable morning"
Uplands Manor Primary School