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MACH Dome-to-Home Science Education Research Project

A student at Sonoma State University wants to learn more about how students learn. This student is studying how using globes in YouTube presentations about water on Earth and in space might help students learn about water. You can help by watching a Dome-to-Home show and then taking a quick survey. Your answers will be anonymous and your email will not be connected to your answers. Any answers you type or select in the survey cannot and will not be connected to you. Participation in the survey is completely voluntary.

The link to the survey is found at the bottom of the YouTube Videos below. After completing the initial survey, there is a separate survey where you can choose to enter your email address to be added to a free raffle prize drawing. Your email is not connected to your answers, as it is collected on a different computer.

You do not have to take this survey. If you decide to participate, you are free to skip a question or decide you do not want to have your answers be a part of the survey, at any time. If you have any questions, please email Dr. Cominsky at

Answers will be shared with Sonoma State University faculty, staff, and students as well as CU Boulder Fiske Planetarium faculty, staff and students.

Either watch one or more of the videos embedded below, or go directly to the YouTube Video Playlist, found here.


Ep 1: Water, Water, Everywhere

Did you know that there’s more water on Jupiter’s moon Europa than there is on the entire Earth? We tend to think of the Earth as the only world with water, but water is actually much more common than we originally thought. From Mercury to Pluto, join us to learn about the wide variety of places in our solar system that harbor water.

Ep 2: Where Did It All Come From?

If water is so common in our solar system, where did it come from in the first place? And how do we have so much liquid water on Earth? Join us to learn more about the origins of water in space and on our planet.

Ep 3: On a Mission In Search of Water

How do we even know that there’s water on other planets, comets, and moons? Thanks to many spacecraft, rovers, and even an airplane telescope here on Earth, scientists have been able to take many measurements to learn about the water in our solar system. What have we found in the past, and what does the future hold?

Ep 4: Why Do We Care?

What’s the big deal – why does it matter if we find water in other places in the solar system? Join us to learn about the importance of water for technologies like rocket fuel and for our search for life elsewhere in the universe.

Water in Our Solar System SPECIAL: Oceans, Air, and Magnets

There’s evidence that Venus, Earth, and Mars all had oceans of water in their past. Why is Earth the only rocky planet that still has oceans today? Scientists think that part of the reason might have to do with the way some planets are like giant magnets. Join our special guest Dr. Dave Brain to learn more about how water, air, and magnetic planets might help us answer this question.

If you are 18 or older and are interested in the survey, please click on the link to our Qualtrics survey: Link