Preschoolers explore to the moon and beyond

STEUBENVILLE – Children from the Jefferson County Community Action Council Head Start, St. Anthony’s 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 is a new planetarium show created by Sesame Workshop with major funding by the PNC Foundation. The show 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 Together Under One Big Sky mobile planetarium, each child will receive a day time/night time activity poster and has reusable, glow-in-the dark stars to display at home.

Prior to the 10 a.m. event Tuesday, teachers at the St. Anthony Head Start Center will receive astronomy-based curriculum to share with pupils before the dome arrives, as well as follow-up activities and ideas for after it departs.

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

The planetarium is part of PNC’s commitment to early childhood education through PNC Grow Up Great, $350 million, multi-year initiative that began in 2004 to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.

The PNC Foundation receives its principal funding from the PNC Financial Services Group Inc.