Slooh and the International Planetarium Society Partner to Offer Online Space Exploration
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Posted by: Alan Gould
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON DEPOT, CT - May 19th, 2020
The International Planetarium Society (IPS) signed a partnership agreement with Slooh so that member planetariums can offer their constituents the ability to learn to explore space from home using Slooh’s network of online telescopes. Participating planetariums will use Slooh to create online astronomy clubs for people in the communities they serve, leveraging Slooh’s social platform for communal exploration of space.
“Slooh’s innovative platform for space exploration will help planetariums that have been forced to close due to the coronavirus to continue to fulfill their mission”, said Mark Subbarao, President of the IPS. “The global pandemic had shuttered almost all of the world’s planetariums. This partnership will provide a new way for planetariums to serve their audiences while closed.”
“Slooh is designed to scale affordably by gathering people to share live views of space from online telescopes while learning from each other”, said Michael Paolucci, Founder of Slooh. “We believe in the power of connecting humanity through communal exploration of the Universe, as the coronavirus reminds us that we are all in this together.”
Among the first planetariums to leverage Slooh’s platform is the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center in Reno, Nevada. “We see Slooh’s Astronomy Club product as a great way to engage our local students safely and energetically in real research and exploration, to help us help them reach for the stars, while creating a community of explorers and artists, scientists and stargazers”, said Paul McFarlane, Director of the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center, University of Nevada, Reno.
Slooh makes a game of learning to explore space for students of all ages and is an inspiring way for schools to incorporate astronomy into a STEAM curriculum and teach scientific reasoning. Slooh's flagship observatory is situated at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC), one of the finest observatory sites in the world and home to the largest telescope in the world. Slooh has developed a gamified curriculum with support from the National Science Foundation which challenges people to hunt down phenomenon in space and follow in the footsteps of famous discoveries in a self-directed learning environment.
In response to the global quarantine and shutdown of schools, Slooh.com launched a new Student Membership tier for just $20 per year, and as low as $10 per student per year when purchased in quantity by school groups. Slooh's Online Space Camp for 4th to 8th grade students begins June 8th. For more information about Slooh’s products for schools, visit Slooh Education.
About International Planetarium Society
The International Planetarium Society (IPS) is the global association of planetarium professionals. The International Planetarium Society is the creative and supportive resource for innovation, advancement, and cooperation among the planetariums worldwide. The International Planetarium Society provides the planetarium community with professional development, science literacy and arts awareness, and partnerships in order to enhance the world’s appreciation and understanding of our universe. Its nearly 700 members come from over 50 countries around the world. They represent schools, colleges and universities, museums, and public facilities of all sizes, including both fixed and portable planetariums. More than 20 regional and national planetarium associations from around the world are affiliated with IPS.
Slooh’s amazing new interface to space features a new educational product Astronomy Club for students to learn to explore space via Slooh’s global network of online telescopes. Slooh’s live coverage of celestial events including potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs), comets, transits, eclipses, and solar activity are syndicated to media outlets from its partner observatories worldwide. Slooh’s automated observatories develop celestial image streams in real-time for broadcast to the Internet, and Slooh’s technology is protected by Patent No.: US 7,194,146 B2 which was awarded in 2006. Slooh recently published a book, The Saturn Above It, An Anthology of Short Fiction About Space. Slooh is supported by investment from Connecticut Innovations, the State’s venture capital investment fund. Slooh is hiring software engineers and astronomy educators.
For more information, please email Slooh's Director of Education, Russ Glenn at email@example.com, or call (877) 427-5664 ext 4.