Dome Theater coming to Harding Middle School

STEUBENVILLE — A scientific presentation, the Dome Theater, will be at Harding Middle School on Saturday.

Sponsored by the Jefferson County Educational Service Center, the presentation will be held in the school gym from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for county students and their families. The event is free to the public and participants should arrive earlier to register.

The Dome Theater was developed by Rice University and the Houston Museum of Natural Science and History with added support from NASA and includes a portable, high-definition planetarium that can hold 35-55 individuals depending on age, while each show lasts 30 minutes.

The program travels throughout the country offering educational entertainment and unlimited on-demand programs that feature narrators, including Tom Hanks, Sigourney Weaver, Harrison Ford and Walter Cronkite.

The Dome Theater is provided through Quest for Success, a program funded through a 21st Century Grant from the Ohio Department of Education. Quest for Success includes weekly after-school activities aimed at boosting math and literacy skills and social development within Jefferson County students in grades fifth through eighth. Registration will be taken on Saturday for students interested in those activities, which are held at the former McKinley Elementary School in Steubenville in conjunction with Franciscan University of Steubenville and Coleman Professional Services. Additional events are held on Saturdays in cooperation with Brightway Services of Smithfield and more programs are being planned.

For information, contact Mark Masloski, program coordinator and administrative assistant at JCESC, at (740) 283-3347, extension 134, or Martariesa Fiala, community coordinator, at extension 100.