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PNC Mobile Planetarium Takes Preschoolers to the Moon

February 1st, 2017 | Posted in Uncategorized



WILMINGTON , N.C., Feb. 9, 2017 – Children from Johnson Pre-K Center will join Elmo, Big Bird and Hu Hu Zhu – a Muppet from the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street – as they explore the night sky in One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure. Sesame Workshop created the planetarium show with major funding by the PNC Foundation and other partners. The exhibit travels to area schools in an inflatable dome that provides children with an age-appropriate introduction to astronomy while forging cross-cultural connections.

At the Growing Up Great Together Under One Big Sky mobile planetarium, each child receives a day time/night time activity poster, which is trilingual (English, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish) and has reusable, glow-in-the dark stars to display at home. Prior to the event, teachers at the schools and centers receive astronomy-based curriculum to share with students before the dome arrives, as well as follow-up activities for after it departs. The PNC Foundation receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC).

What:             The Growing Up Together Under One Big Sky mobile planetarium features an inflatable dome made of durable, lightweight fabric. Inside is room for 35 students and six adults to watch the high-definition video animation with full-dome stereo sound.


When:               Thursday, Feb. 9, from 9 to 11:15 a.m.

                           Friday, Feb. 10 from 9 to 11:15 a.m.


Where:           Johnson Pre-K Center, 1100 McRae St., Wilmington, N.C. 28401


Visuals:          Children ages 4 to 6 climb inside the igloo-shaped dome and express surprise and joy as stars shoot overhead and Sesame characters use their imagination to take them on a trip to the moon.


Background:   PNC recognizes that learning in a child’s early years is essential for their long-term success.  Through Grow Up Great, a $350 million, multi-year, bilingual initiative that began in 2004, PNC helps prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.  With a focus on underserved children, Grow Up Great provides the leadership, advocacy, funding, volunteers and educational resources to help families, educators and community partners offer innovative opportunities that enhance children’s learning and development.