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December 2019

Theater, Science, Adults

December 12

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Discovery After Dark: Emerging Research Technologies

Campaign for gaming knowledge at Discovery After Dark: Research Technologies! Join researchers from Colorado State University in the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater to explore how “gamified” research – using platforms such as augmented reality, virtual reality, and 3D game engines – is used in developing new methods of Human Computer Interaction.

Thursday, December 12
6:00pm – 8:00pm
FREE with RSVP (more…)

Theater, Science, All Ages

December 19

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$3 – $5

Discovery After Dark: Epic Music

These days, we know video game music to be as diverse and as rich as any other genre of music, but remember when they were just ‘bleeps’ and ‘bloops’? Come explore the evolution of video game music, what makes it so epic, and why it matters! Featuring live music performances from some of your favorite games by Sydney Kjerstad and Seselis.

Thursday, December 19
6:30pm – 8:00pm
$5/$3 for  members


Music, All Ages

December 22

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Included with admission

Pop-Up Music: Sound Effects

Cardboard speakers, basic ukulele chords, drum circles… we’ve got a lot of activities in our repertoire, so who knows what we’ll pull out next?

Sound plays a huge part in the film industry. We’ll explore how sounds are created and added to films to make them come alive. Join us this Sunday to learn about key moments in the sound effects and how they are made such as a lightsaber, a T-Rex roar, and so much more!

Join us in the exhibits gallery for an activity that rocks as hard as you do (well, almost!).

Pop-Up Music activities are included with admission/your membership.

January 2020

Theater, Kids, Teens

January 2

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Dome Masters: Intro to 360 Game Design

Love playing video games? How about creating them? What if the game you create could wrap all the way around you in a totally immersive experience? Join us this winter break to become some of the first game designers to create interactive experiences in FCMoD’s OtterBox Digital Dome Theater! Explore gaming in the dome and utilize professional tools to create your own unique 360º dome experience. At the end of the two-day camp, share the experience you’ve created with your friends and family during a special demonstration!

Student ages: 11-15 years old

Camp Dates: January 2 – January 3, 9:00am-4:00pm

Tuition: $150 per child (Members get a discount!)

*Please note this is a multi-day camp

Theater, Science, All Ages

January 3

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Game Jam 360°

Are you a video game designer looking for a new and unique challenge? Game Jam 360° is a 48 hour challenge to create a video game for a 360° digital dome theater. Digital domes are the next evolution in the planetarium, with projection technology they are now capable of displaying immersive ultra high resolution content in real-time. Game creators will use Unity to create new games that will output the correct format for playing on this curved screen based on a theme that will be announced at the start of the jam. Technical resources to ensure the games will work on the dome will be provided, however the rest is up to you!

Science, All Ages

January 5

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with admission

Video Games That Matter

Choose your quest, level up, and play video games that matter! Explore how these virtual worlds are making a difference in the real one. Meet the innovators using video game software, storytelling techniques, and displays to create empathy, study human health, and design the future! Play for yourself and discover how your gaming skills can save the world.

Today’s Innovators: Compass Community Collaborative School VR Class

Included with admission/membership

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