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The Sun Dome

Sun Dome school visitCulham Centre for Fusion Energy's ‘Sun Dome' is an exciting science roadshow for students in Years 5 and 6. It comprises movies and interactive role play, using a portable inflatable dome which is set up in the school hall. The activity includes a ‘virtual' journey to the Sun, introducing the processes that occur inside the big star and how scientists at CCFE are using the same processes to create fusion energy for electricity in the future.

Since its launch in 2007, over 10,000 children have visited the Sun Dome – here are some of their reactions:


“I used to think that science was boring but now I know it can
actually be more interesting!”

“It made a lot more sense than if you had read it out of a book.”

“When are you coming back?”

Sun Dome logoThe Sun Dome is available for school bookings in Oxfordshire and the surrounding area. For more information please email education@ukaea.uk.

The Sun Dome is funded directly by public engagement funds from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and EURATOM.