BENEFITING: CHESAPEAKE PUBLIC SCHOOLS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Mar 01, 2015
CHESAPEAKE PUBLIC SCHOOLS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION wrote -The Chesapeake Planetarium’s projector is outdated and no longer being manufactured. Due to advances in technology,
planetariums are shifting away from mechanical projectors to digital systems to expand the visual experience for patrons.
Over 50,000 students and adults visit the Chesapeake Planetarium annually to view educational programs free of
charge. The current facility has no display area or waiting room to accommodate the volume of students and adults.
Chesapeake Planetarium will replace the antiquated and oft-repaired mechanical projector with a digital star projector
system. The Spitz SciDome XD dual projector video system has a resolution capability of 2560 x 2560 pixel full dome video.
The system includes custom fisheye lenses, projector stand and enclosure, control console, Starry Night Dome software,
hard drive storage/playback for full display, ATM-4 Windows-based automation control, spare lamps, full dome shows,
space library, and basic training. The addition of 360-degree programmable 3-color (RGB) LED cove lighting will further
enhance the presentation.
A new building will provide space for an observatory to study the night sky and a Science Center to provide hands-on
opportunities for students and adults to unlock new perspectives in the areas of science, technology, engineering,
and math (STEM). Partnerships with corporations and businesses will be forged to support the need for ever-changing
innovation in these areas.