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IPS PORTABLE PLANETARIUM COMMITTEE REPORT 2016

 

Function of the Committee:  To help those interested in the use of portable planetariums and to provide a support system to assist portable planetarium users.

  

Committee Chair and Committee Members

 

Susan Reynolds Button, Committee Chair (MAPS)

(Quarks to Clusters, 8793 Horseshoe Lane, Chittenango, NY 13037 US

Phone: +1.315.687.5371; Email: and sbuttonq2c@gmail.com

Per Broman, Falun, Sweden (NPA) Email: pbr@planetarium.se

Dayle Brown, South Bend, Indiana USA (GLPA) Email: DayleDavid@comcast.net

Karrie Berglund, Bremerton, WA USA Email: karrie@digitaliseducation.com

Alan Gould, Berkeley, California, USA (PPA) Email: adgould@comcast.net

Loris Ramponi, Brescia, Italy (Planit) Email: megrez58@gmail.com

Oded Kindermann  Jujuy, Argentina Email: okindermann@gmail.com

 

Summary:

 

Wonderful changes are being made on the IPS website! https://ips-planetarium.site-ym.com/ On the main menu there is a new tab for “Get Involvedhttps://ips-planetarium.site-ym.com/?page=share (contests –American in Italy and Pages of Stars) ways to share your talents. The contest items were moved from the Portable Planetarium Committee webpage because they really apply to everyone, not just Portable Planetarium directors.

Check under the Resources tab for Portable Planetariums https://ips-planetarium.site-ym.com/?page=portableresources. Several items have been moved off of the committee webpage and placed here for greater visibility and new resources have been added, including two ‘do it yourself’ construction guides.

We are still looking for volunteers for updating sections of the IPS Portable Planetarium Handbook. It can be accessed through IPS Resources tab (Portable Planetariums); kindly send us any additions, corrections or suggestions for improvements.  Also send us news and pictures for the committee web page and/or for the Mobile News Network column in the IPS Journal.

We are exploring several new initiatives:

International Day of Mobile Planetaria (to highlight the good works of portable domes); IPS Cultural Exchange (a proposal to expand an existing IPS American in Italy Contest to facilitate educators from many countries to come to the USA to make presentations); Voices From the Dome – a new initiative to add to the free audio media on the IPS website; Pages of Stars-a new student contest to add to the free audio media on the IPS website. Look for these new initiatives on the IPS website soon.


IPS PORTABLE PLANETARIUM COMMITTEE REPORT - 2015

 

Committee Chair and Committee Members:

 

Susan Reynolds Button, Committee Chair (MAPS)

(Quarks to Clusters, 8793 Horseshoe Lane, Chittenango, NY 13037 US

Phone: +1.315.687.5371; Email: and sbuttonq2c@gmail.com

Per Broman, Falun, Sweden (NPA) Email: pbr@planetarium.se

Dayle Brown, South Bend, Indiana USA (GLPA) Email: DayleDavid@comcast.net

Karrie Berglund, Bremerton, WA USA Email: karrie@digitaliseducation.com

Alan Gould, Berkeley, California, USA (PPA) Email: adgould@comcast.net

Loris Ramponi, Brescia, Italy (Planit) Email: megrez58@gmail.com

 

This has been another busy year for this committee. We have been happy to assist IPS members who sent numerous inquiries. We are also thankful for those members who have volunteered:

 

1.       information about their portable planetarium activities for publication in the Planetarian and

2.       suggestions for improvements in the committee webpage.

 

“Pages of Stars” Contest:

In 2014 a new contest was proposed for planetarian colleagues from around the world to prepare a short recording and text, in English, that can be used under a planetarium dome.

This year we were happy to receive two submissions and we have posted them online in the Free Media space on the IPS website. http://www.ips-planetarium.org/?page=pagesofstars

 We are sure you will be inspired by them!

1.      First Place: “The Rabbit in the Moon” by Andy Kreyche (akreyche@hartnell.edu) in the United States

2.      Honorable Mention: “Introduction to the Planetarium” by Oded E. Kindermann (okindermann@gmail.com) from Argentina

We hope to see even more submissions in 2015 please! Participants must send materials, before December 31. For rules see: http://www.ips-planetarium.org/?page=portablecom

“American in Italy” Contest:

Dave Weinrich had an excellent experience as he traveled to Italy as the 2014 winner of the American in Italy Contest. Congratulations to ShiAnne Kattner from Casper, Wyoming; she was selected to represent the American planetarium community in Italy for 2015. The deadline for this contest is 15 September 2015.

Webpage:


We have made some additions and corrections to our webpage. One major change is that the IPS Portable Planetarium Handbook is now available on this page as well as a list of portable planetarium contacts that were reported from each Affiliate organization. All  IPS Portable Planetarium Committee  members are available for advice and assistance. However, if people would like to contact someone in their own region some suggested contacts are very important.

 

Future Goals of the Committee:

 

We will endeavor to make further improvements to our Committee webpage and strive to be a major presence at IPS 2016 Conference in Poland through interactive workshops, panel discussions and papers.

 

This committee will continue, to facilitate international collaborations, try to assist developing nations in starting astronomy programs with portable planetariums, to explore the use of digital as well as analog systems to present live planetarium lessons in the most effective way and to provide opportunities for our members to receive professional development at regional, national and international conferences.

 

We are still looking for volunteers for updating sections of the IPS Portable Planetarium Handbook. It can be accessed and reviewed on the Committee webpage now. Please contact us if you are willing to revise any part of this handbook.

IPS members also need to check the Portable Planetarium Committee website for other posted documents and kindly send us any additions, corrections or suggestions for the committee page. Please send us news and pictures for the committee web page and/or for the Mobile News Network column in the IPS Journal.

IPS PORTABLE PLANETARIUM COMMITTEE REPORT -2014

  

Committee Members:

 

Susan Reynolds Button, Committee Chair (MAPS)

(Quarks to Clusters, 8793 Horseshoe Lane, Chittenango, NY 13037 US

Phone: +1.315.687.5371; Email: sbuttonq2c@twcny.rr.com and sbuttonq2c@gmail.com

Per Broman, Falun, Sweden (NPA) Email: pbr@planetarium.se

Dayle Brown, South Bend, Indiana USA (GLPA) Email: DayleDavid@comcast.net

Karrie Berglund, Bremerton, WA USA Email: karrie@digitaliseducation.com

Alan Gould, Berkeley, California, USA (PPA) Email: agould@berkeley.edu

Loris Ramponi, Brescia, Italy (Planit) Email: megrez58@gmail.com

 

Accomplishments of the Committee:

 

“Livefest” 2013 was such a success, there will be another “Livefest” type session, as an extended Saturday afternoon at the end of the MAPS 2014 conference and there will again be another similar day (GLIPSA),  preceding the GLPA Annual Meeting. Both of these events are devoted to exploring the use of digital as well as analog systems to present live planetarium lessons in the most effective way.

A new initiative, “Pages of Stars,” (see attached) will provide a new resource for planetarian colleagues. Short stories/commentaries or poems will be made available on the IPS Free Media Webpage. (http//www.ips-planetarium.org/?page=voice).

The “American in Italy” initiative continues to be a successful program; Dave Weinrich enjoyed meeting and working with students, teachers and fellow planetarians in Italy this Spring.

A similar exchange with France and Britain did not prove to be as successful. However, a new program involving Skype connections/exchanges with French and Italian colleagues is growing.

Future Goals of the Committee:

 

Communication with the known Affiliate contacts for Portable Planetariums has been minimally successful, with a few responses. We would like to thank those who responded (GLPA, MAPS, JPA, APLF, and IPA) and we hope to be more successful in hearing from all regions in the future. We are still waiting for some Affiliates to provide a portable planetarium contact person whose job will include:

 

We are still looking for volunteers for updating sections of the IPS Portable Planetarium Handbook. IPS members also need to check the Portable Planetarium Committee website for posted documents and kindly send us any additions, corrections or suggestions for the committee page. Please send us news and pictures for the committee web page and/or for the Mobile News Network column in the IPS Journal.

IPS PORTABLE PLANETARIUM COMMITTEE REPORT - 2013

Committee Members:

Susan Reynolds Button, Committee Chair (MAPS)

        (Quarks to Clusters, 8793 Horseshoe Lane, Chittenango, NY 13037 US

Phone: +1.315.687.5371; Email: sbuttonq2c@twcny.rr.com and sbuttonq2c@gmail.com

Per Broman, Falun, Sweden (NPA) Email: pbr@planetarium.se

Dayle Brown, South Bend, Indiana USA (GLPA) Email: DayleDavid@comcast.net

Karrie Berglund, Bremerton, WA USA Email: karrie@digitaliseducation.com

Alan Gould, Berkeley, California, USA (PPA) Email: agould@berkeley.edu

Loris Ramponi, Brescia, Italy (Planit) Email: megrez58@gmail.com

“Livefest” will a free conference day and a half event preceding the MAPS conference and there will be another similar day preceding the GLPA Annual Meeting. Both of these events are devoted to exploring the use of digital as well as analog systems to present live planetarium lessons in the most effective way.

 Our members had a major presence at the IPS 2012 conference by providing workshops and panels on interactive planetarium education.

As we look to the future we will focus on these ideas:

The committee will continue to update the documents posted on our web page as we become aware of changes that need to be made. Please forward corrections, additions or requests that you would like addressed to the committee members. 

Reminders:

We are looking for volunteers for updating sections of the IPS Portable Planetarium Handbook. IPS members also need to check the Portable Planetarium Committee website for posted documents and kindly send us any additions, corrections or suggestions for the committee page. Please send us news and pictures for the committee web page and/or for the Mobile News Network column in the IPS Journal.

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IPS PORTABLE PLANETARIUM COMMITTEE REPORT 2012

There seems to be an excellent trend developing, due to the dedicated pressure from this committee’s members. There is a renewed interest in education based live interactive lessons, especially in small and portable domes. Karrie Berglund has initiated a new type of annual meeting for small and portable planetaria. Planetarians from all over the USA and even some other countries are coming together to share and learn about how to develop experiential lessons. The meetings are called “Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium” (LIPS) and are devoted to exploring the use of digital as well as analog systems to present live planetarium lessons in the most effective way.

Our members will have a major presence at the IPS 2012 conference by providing workshops and panels on interactive planetarium education.

As we look to the future we will focus on these ideas:

The committee will continue to update the documents posted on our web page as we become aware of changes that need to be made. Currently our page is dysfunctional due to the website renovation. When it is up and running again, corrections and additions will be made. Please forward corrections, additions or requests that you would like addressed to the committee members. 

We are still working on producing, on CD, a collection of planetarium lessons from the winners of the “Week in Italy Contest” (1995-2012) for distribution to IPS members. We look toward a release of this CD later this year.

Reminders:

We are looking for volunteers for updating sections of the IPS Portable Planetarium Handbook. IPS members also need to check the Portable Planetarium Committee website for posted documents and kindly send us any additions, corrections or suggestions for the committee page. Please send us news and pictures for the committee web page and/or for the Mobile News Network column in the IPS Journal.

IPS PORTABLE PLANETARIUM COMMITTEE REPORT 2011

Function of the Committee:

To help those interested in the use of portable planetariums and to provide a support system to assist portable planetarium users.

Committee Chair and Committee Members:

Susan Reynolds Button, Committee Chair (MAPS)

(Quarks to Clusters, 8793 Horseshoe Lane, Chittenango, NY 13037 US

Phone: +1.315.687.5371; Email: sbuttonq2c@twcny.rr.com and sbuttonq2c@att.net

Per Broman, Falun, Sweden (NPA) Email: pbr@planetarium.se

Dayle Brown, South Bend, Indiana USA (GLPA) Email: DayleDavid@comcast.net

Karrie Berglund, Bremerton, WA USA Email: karrie@digitaliseducation.com

Alan Gould, Berkeley, California, USA (PPA) Email: agould@berkeley.edu

Loris Ramponi, Brescia, Italy (Planit) Email: megrez58@gmail.com

Ray Worthy, Hartlepool, Cleveland, England (BAP) Email: raymond@stargazr.demon.co.uk

VII.  Summary:

The Portable Planetarium Committee is pleased to report that the 7th European Meeting of Small and Portable Planetaria was a complete success.  The 8th European meeting will be hosted by Antonio Pedrosa of the Navegar Foundation in Espinho, Portugal. Information will be posted in the Planetarian column “Mobile News Network” and on the IPS website committee page. Contact information: António Pedrosa (email: apedrosa@multimeios.pt)

We have posted four documents on the Committee web page:

  1. “Mobile Domes in Business” which lists best practices for running a business with a portable planetarium.
  2. “What Projector Should I Purchase” which is a list of questions to explore when making such a decision and
  3.  “Portable Planetarium Projections Systems” which is a list of commercial portable planetarium projectors currently on the market.
  4. “Portable Planetarium Domes” which is a list of commercial portable planetarium domes currently on the market.

Our document “Mobile Domes in Business” will also be published on the Italian Affiliate’s web site. 

As we look to the future we will focus on these ideas:

The committee will continue to update the documents posted on our page as we become aware of changes that need to be made. We are also considering some new pictures and documents that will be added in the near future:  Advertising Tips, History, Resources/Links, News/Reminders and your suggestions. You can be instrumental in assuring that our web page is up-to-date and effective in assisting our colleagues. Please forward corrections, additions or requests to the committee members. 

We are still working on producing, on CD, a collection of planetarium lessons from the winners of the “Week in Italy Contest” (1996-2010) for distribution to IPS members. We also plan to include a selection of audio records of these lessons.

Reminders:

IPS members need to check the Portable Planetarium Committee website for newly posted documents and kindly send us any additions, corrections or suggestions for the committee page. Please send us news and pictures for the committee web page or for the Mobile News Network column in the IPS Journal.


IPS Portable Planetarium Committee Report 2010

 

Function of the Committee:

To help those interested in the use of portable planetariums and to provide a support system to assist portable planetarium users.

 

Committee Chair and Committee Members:

 

Susan Reynolds Button, Committee Chair (MAPS)

(Quarks to Clusters, 8793 Horseshoe Lane, Chittenango, NY 13037 US

Phone: +1.315.687.5371; Email: sbuttonq2c@twcny.rr.com and sbuttonq2c@att.net

Per Broman, Falun, Sweden (NPA) Email: pbr@planetarium.se

Dayle Brown, South Bend, Indiana USA (GLPA) Email: DayleDavid@comcast.net

Marie-France Duval, France (APLF) Email: marie-france.duval@oamp.fr

Alan Gould, Berkeley, California, USA (PPA) Email: agould@berkeley.edu

Loris Ramponi, Brescia, Italy (Planit) Email: megrez58@gmail.com

Ray Worthy, Hartlepool, Cleveland, England (BAP) Email: raymond@stargazr.demon.co.uk

 

Summary:

The Portable Planetarium Committee is pleased to report that The 7th European Meeting of Small and Portable Planetaria was announced and will be held in the world's first planetarium built into the rock, Kallioplanetaario, will be held on 17-20th of August 2010 in Finland. For more information and registration visit: http://emspp2010.kallioplanetaario.fi/

or contact Arto Oksanen email: arto.oksa...@kallioplanetaario.fi www.kallioplanetaario.fi

The Contest for A Week in Italy: Later in 2010 the contest will be expanded; the Serafino Zani Astronomical Observatory (Lumezzane/Brescia) will also host a British Planetarium Operator to work with high school students of English. (See attached document.)

You will note that we have posted 2 documents and a link on the Committee web page:

1. “What Projector Should I Purchase” which is a list of questions to explore when making such a decision and

2. “Portable Planetarium Projections Systems” which is a list of commercial portable planetarium projectors currently on the market.

We have posted the link http://www.astrofilibresciani.it/Planetari/Week_in_Italy/Week_Italy.htm to:

1. “An Opportunity to Teach in Italy for a French Planetarium Operator”

2. “An Opportunity to Teach in Italy for an American Planetarium Operator”

                3. “An Opportunity to Teach in Italy for a British Planetarium Operator”

Future Goals of the Committee:

We have compiled an up-to-date list of portable planetarium projectors and are working on producing a chart that compares all the relevant attributes of each model.

We will produce an up-to-date list of portable domes available on the market.

We continue work on producing a collection of planetarium lessons, written by U.S. educators, from the “Week in Italy Contest” (1996-2009) for distribution to IPS members on CD or posted on the web. 

IPS Portable Planetarium Committee Report 2009

The Portable Planetarium Committee is pleased to announce that the Sixth European Meeting of Itinerant Planetaria, with the leading theme: "Stars at Schools," will take place in Chorzow, Poland on 1-4 September 2009. At this meeting the latest advances in equipment and methods of teaching and spreading interest in astronomy and sciences will be presented.
http://www.chorzow2009.ajd.czest.pl/

Another major development is that the Contest for A Week in Italy has been expanded. Each year, in the spring, the Serafino Zani Astronomical Observatory (Lumezzane/Brescia) will host an American Planetarium Operator, whose native tongue is English, to work with high school students of English. In the past this contest was only available for STARLAB educators. This newly revised contest will accept applications from educators or astronomers who work with any of the various models of planetariums. (See attached document.)

There has been a remarkable resurgence of the "Home Planetarium Association". The Home Planetarium Association (HPA) is the world’s first organized group of Home Planetarium builders, collectors, and enthusiasts! Founded in the mid 90s, HPA helps keep the dream alive of having your own star theater at home through a combination of how to tips, networking, and archiving. The main supporters are Ron Walker, a film producer, (walkprod@att,net) and Gary Likert who began this group. (mrgare5050@hotmail.com) Members communicate through an electronic magazine with a readership of over two hundred or more. http://www.planetariumsathome.com/

As we look to the future we will focus on four ideas:
We will continue to promote and help facilitate low cost regional and local meetings.

As an extension of this Committee’s work we will encourage IPS to promote planetarium staff exchanges between world countries: the contest for "A Week in Italy” can serve as a good example of how to accomplish this.

We propose to produce, on CD, a collection of planetarium lessons from the "Week in Italy Contest” (1996-2009) for distribution to IPS members.

We have begun to compile an up-to-date list of portable planetarium dealers and produce a chart, which compares all the relevant attributes of each model.

In conclusion:
We can see that the trend in portable planetariums follows the stationary dome trend…more digital projectors with the same concerns for quality presentations. Using the tools of our profession effectively requires us to support research on best practices and to keep ourselves up-to-date on the current findings in science content and research.

We encourage you to contact any committee member with ideas and/or questions that you would like to share.


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IPS Portable Planetarium Committee Report 2007

I. Function of the Committee

To help those interested in the use of portable planetariums and to provide a support system to assist portable planetarium users.

II. Accomplishments of the Committee

Each year since 1991 two or three mini conferences (PIPS Meetings) have taken place in the USA for portable and small stationary planetariums.

 

All but five IPS Portable Planetarium Handbooks have been distributed. Karrie Bergland, Digitalis Education Solutions Inc., offered to help work on a revised handbook in the future.

Future Goals of the Committee

Forth European Meeting of Itinerant Planetaria was held in 6-8 September 2007 in the Slovak Republic and hosted by Marián Vidovenec. It was held at Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia. www.suh.sk/ips2007

A new editor for the Planetarian column was not found so Susan Button will remain editor and asks all Council Representatives for input and material to put in the column. We will continue to seek contact people in each regional affiliate and news of their activities for publication in the Planetarian.

We, again, would like to encourage the IPS affiliates to include information of interest to portable planetarium directors in each of their newsletters and at regional conferences.

We are compiling a list of portable planetarium dealers and trying to get together a chart, which compares all the relevant attributes of each model.

IV. Budget Requirements

$100 for printing and mailing materials.

Committee Members (include name, affiliation, addresses/contact info)

Susan Reynolds Button, Committee Chair, (MAPS), Quarks to Clusters, 8793 Horseshoe Lane, Chittenango, New York 13037 USA, Phone: +1.315.687.5371, Cell Phone: +1.315.263.1985, Email: sbuttonq2c@gmail.com, sbuttonq2c@twcny.rr.com, Website: www.quarkstoclusters.wordpress.com
Per Broman <pbr@planetarium.se>, Falun, SWEDEN (NPA)
Dayle Brown <dayledavid@sbcglobal.net>, Mishawaka, Indiana USA (GLPA)
Marie-France Duval <marie-france.duval@observatoire.cnrs-mrs.fr>, France (APLF)
Alan Gould <adgould@comcast.net>, Berkeley, California, USA (PPA)
Loris Ramponi <zani@sersfinozani.it>, Brescia, Italy (IPFA)
Alternate Email: loris@colibrionline.it
Ray Worthy <raymond@stargazr.demon.co.uk>, Hartlepool, Cleveland, England (BAP)

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