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|IDP: Portable Planetarium Outreach|
Calling all Mobile Domes:
I know that the next International Day of Planetariums—on 11 March 2018—seems a long way away, but we need to begin our plans now because 2018 will be our year to shine!
In the year of 2018, I suggest that we make this a World-wide Outreach Portable Planetarium Event! We can take advantage of collaborating among several organizations and with each other, with the help and direction of IPS, with these goals:
If it is a successful event with many mobile domes participating, one issue of Planetarian will be dedicated to the fruits of the event with photos of children of every race, culture and age gracing the pages. Portable domes represent "grassroots" science education at its best, reaching remote corners of the world. You hardworking, wonderful portable outreach teachers will have your day in the sun!
To encourage your participation, there will be prizes for
Prizes will be awarded based on submitted photos and videos and the text of your narrative on the entry form.
Images will be compiled and mixed as a tribute to the importance of the mobile dome world, where live interaction reigns, and put on the IPS webpage and presented in our individual IPS affiliate meetings.
As our supportive IPS Past President Joanne Young exclaimed, "We need to elevate portables in the planetarium food chain. All of us know children. We buy them a million toys, but what do they go crazy over? A big box they can crawl in - Small, immersive environments. Would they prefer a gorgeous permanent planetarium or a portable? Would they rather sit in comfortable chairs with moving parts or on the floor? Where are they going to have the intimate interactions they crave? If you really want to turn young kids on to astronomy, get them inside a portable planetarium!"
If you are as excited about this plan as I am, start preparing now with your excellent talents and imaginations. You can prepare events for the week before, with International Day of Planetariums on Sunday 11 March 2018 as the culminating event or the IDP could be a kick-off for a week of special events following the international celebration.
Keep checking the IPS website for updates about the International Day of Planetariums: http://www.ips-planetarium.org/?page=IDP
Let’s focus on and celebrate mobile domes in 2018!
You may submit your entry here.
First: $500 (all amounts are in US dollars)
Given to the planetarium that best meets the spirit of the competition in location, uniqueness, and partnering
The dome that does the best in two of the three categories
Honorable Mention (2 awards): IPS 2-year memberships (value: $100)
Outstanding achievement in one of the categories
The Pleiades Prize: $100
Several delegates at the October 2017 Pleiades National Conference in St. Louis donated the funds for this prize, given for outstanding achievement in one of the categories and the best photographs
The fulldome video Solar System, A Wonderful Journey, donated by Fulldome.pro and 360 ART content creation studio in Russia, to a unique initiative with a digital planetarium. (Three-year, unlimited play license.)
A prize of up to one continuous hour of robotic telescope tour, guided by an expert; includes an interactive video experience with the ability to pose questions and get answers. Valued at $650; donated by Emerald planetariums, Bareket Observatory in Israel. This prize will go to a unique initiative with a mobile dome in a remote location (perhaps addressing an underserved population) and partnering with one or more other planetariums.
Additional vendor prizes to be announced
*Although photos taken at a public event and used for editorial purposes normally are allowed, some locations have stricter rules. Here is one site for more information (US only).