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2020 IPS Virtual Conference Presentations
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IPS 2020 Virtual Conference
Presentations, Papers, Posters, and Videos

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Oral presentations: {August 3}-•-{August 5}-•-{August 7}   <•>   {Posters}

ORAL PRESENTATIONS, AUGUST 3

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The continuum of interactivity: exploring the strengths and challenges of including or excluding various types of live and/or interactive techniques in your presentation. This includes teaching techniques and types of storytelling.
Interactivity in planetarium programs spans a continuum. It can be verbal or non-verbal, and some types require a greater level of risk from the audience. We will explore the continuum of interactivity in this session, discussing benefits and challenges of each type, providing examples of low- to high-risk interaction, and working together to determine best practices for each type.

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Six planetarians describe their outreach to very different populations. Bryant Gonzalez will speak on Extreme Outreach: Hitchhiking Across South America, Tales of an Astronomical Backpacker. Guilherme Marranghello: Extreme Outreach: A Portable Planetarium in the very South of Brazil. Brian Baker: Extreme Outreach: Researching the Night Sky in Eastern North Carolina. Susan Murabana: Extreme Outreach: Travelling Telescope Overland Education Expedition in Remote Schools in Kenya. Alexandre Cherman: Bringing astronomy to Public Schools in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Saeid Aghaei: An astronomy voyage with a tent around the Middle East.

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During this session panelists will share their experiences and advice about marketing, scheduling, presentation techniques for various grade levels, how to successfully run a program with an analog or a digital projector, program evaluation, unique presentation venues, and other topics you may request.

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Indigenous people have nurtured critical relationships with the stars, from keen observation and sustainable engineering to place-based ceremony, navigation, and celestial architecture for tens of thousands of years. The Indigenous relationship and knowledge of the sky is exceptional in that it encompasses mind, body, heart, and spirit. This panel is organized by the IPS's newly formed Indigenous Astronomy Working Group. It brings together Planetarium Professionals, Indigenous Star Knowledge Keepers, Indigenous Astronomy experts, Cultural Astronomers, and allies of Indigenous STEM communities from Canada, U.S., and internationally to discuss best practices for dissemination of indigenous astronomy specifically for science communicators and the planetarium community.

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From commissioned music specific for the dome environment to simple musical additions for public star programs, we seek to create musical moments of wonder under the dome. Our session invites you to share a taste of some of these wonders to help inspire your own musical innovations.

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Live theatre is a powerful experience that fosters imagination, abstract thinking skills, and empathy. Synergizing this dynamic with the full dome environment immerses audiences in stories with emotional immediacy and lasting impact. This session provides a case study of a successful collaboration with professional theatre artists to develop an original musical theatre production to enhance the dome’s storytelling capacity. Participants will be treated to an excerpt from the full dome musical Voyagers along with perspectives from Matheatre and the Director of Fiske Planetarium on the development and dissemination of this unique live performance opportunity.

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Climate Change is a key issue and planetariums have some unique ways we can share this science with our audiences. This presentation will look at how planetariums can be a key resource in sharing the science and dispelling the misconceptions around this subject. Our domes can help us share our planet, Earth, with our audiences in unique ways.

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The State of Texas mandates that it's 5th graders know that the seasons are caused by the tilt of the Earth's axis as Earth orbits the sun. Most of the students who answer the question correctly have memorized the answer. This dome workshop shows how to turn the tilt into meaningful concept learning and how to measure what students are learning during a planetarium program. The key is the Missing Step that science teachers fail to teach.

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The planetarium democratise knowledge to a diverse audience and contributes to the potential of formal and informal education. However, its virtues and advantages have not been taken advantage in Mexican education, since the planetarium has no significant relationship with the processes of formal and informal learning. Therefore, the social problem that will be exposed comes from the rights in education in three dimensions: the dimensions of accessibility, acceptability and adaptability.

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The Big Astronomy Project: Striving to Create a New Model for Planetarium Content Ken Ackerman Renae Kerrigan Valeria Foncea Rubens Shannon Schmoll Tiffany Wolbrect Ryan Wyatt Big Astronomy is a National Science Foundation funded project to explore the Dome+ model – a series of products that include a planetarium show distributed free or for a minimal fee in both English and Spanish, a website that hosts resources, live social media programs, and hands-on activity kits that work together to extend learning beyond the dome. Research on the effectiveness of this model and pathways through multiple related products to a planetarium show will be carried out by Michigan State University. Big Astronomy | Astronomia a Gran Escala will share the story of the people and places who make big astronomy happen. Beyond this specific show, we hope that the Dome+ model will provide a framework for creating synergistic content around future productions. Learn about the innovative methods of capturing high-resolution fisheye video at numerous remote locations in Chile, the groundbreaking discoveries enabled by these advanced facilities, the ongoing live events featuring observatory staff, the related online educational resources, and there.

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Storytelling is a fundamental skill for anyone who plans to deliver a presentation or write a script for the dome. However, most planetarians learn about storytelling on the fly, discovering by trial and error what works and what does not. This session will help remove some of the mystery behind this skill by covering the science behind storytelling; structures for creating engaging science stories; guidelines for storytelling and scriptwriting for an immersive medium; and expanding on the spatial and embodied experience defined by the “Academy style” of fulldome storytelling.

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The Robeson Planetarium was flooded three years ago by Hurricane Matthew - almost two meters of water inundated the building, destroying all the equipment and rendering it uninhabitable - and three more major hurricanes have hit since then. Yet Big Climate Change didn't stop science teaching for Robeson County students! Continuous operations shifted to a mobile dome, a board of directors and non-profit were created from the community, and planning and fundraising is underway to rebuild a new permanent planetarium. Code name: Project Phoenix!

 

 

 

 

Oral presentations: {August 3}-•-{August 5}-•-{August 7}   <•>   {Posters}

ORAL PRESENTATIONS, AUGUST 5

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From drone data to 3d scanning, Colgate University brings in faculty from many disciplines to use the dome for research and teaching. Joining in the panel is Dayna Thompson from Ball State University and Ahmad Khazaee from Colgate University. This panel will discuss ways to bring faculty from all disciplines into the dome to create immersive co-curricular experiences for teaching and learning.

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During this session panelists will share their experiences and advice about marketing, scheduling, presentation techniques for various grade levels, how to successfully run a program with an analog or a digital projector, program evaluation, unique presentation venues, and other topics you may request.

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As planetarians, we are often given the opportunity to serve visitors with special needs. Those needs vary widely and although there is no “one size fits all” category for the visitors that come through our doors, there are some ways to make everyone feel welcome and help them enjoy the experience to the fullest extent possible. This paper will highlight some of the techniques, technology and interventions that 3 planetariums in France, England and United States have used to create least restrictive environments. To this end, our desire is to offer real life experiences and resources that we hope can be utilized in your facility. In addition, we hope to generate discussion regarding a repository for materials used by planetariums for visitors and employees with special needs.

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Shanghai Planetarium, which will be one of the biggest planetariums in the world, has completed the wonderful architecture constructing, and will start the exhibition and decoration works very soon. Shanghai planetarium will open in 2021 and warmly welcome every planetarian in the world to visit us. We hope to have a chance using this proposal to introduce about the characteristic and our new designing idea of this new planetarium.

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This presentation session originally set out to gather global information about how planetariums are perceived by audiences in individual countries. To make it more meaningful during a time when many domes are still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus has switched to planetariums making a difference in their countries, and how “The Educational Value of the Planetarium” is being applied. The presenters are Kaoru Kimura, Otsuma Women's University, in Tokyo, Japan, who looks at planetarium use in the schools; Sally Macfarlen, Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome, in Cape Town, who notes the need for planetariums to help disseminate the growth of astronomy research in South Africa and the basics of STEM education; and Guilherme Marranghello, Planetário da Unipampa, who discusses the creation of a university in the extreme south of Brazil and its associated planetarium are affecting the education and economy of the region.

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The African Planetarium Association is an affiliate of International Planetarium Society dedicated to connecting African planetaria, sharing useful information and resources, and empowering and encouraging science literacy throughout the continent. Planetaria play a huge role in disseminating ideas and concepts through a powerful immersive experience and therefore are an important tool to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and change makers. Our session introduces APA and focuses on some of the planetarium projects within Africa.

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The recently signed MoU between the IPS and the IAU (the International Astronomical Union) represents a great opportunity for collaborations and sharing of opportunities. This session aims to present the IAU to the wider IPS community and to foster a dialogue between these two international institutions in order to identify synergies and shared goals that could benefit of a more close collaboration.

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In the past, planetariums with an OMNIMAX film projector can only exhibit movies or multimedia shows produced by professional studios. Making shows by themselves is too difficult to most planetarium staffs. Not to mention sharing their achievements with other planetariums. In the digital era, planetarium software enables the staffs to make their own shows with the build-in database and share their achievements with other planetariums using the same system. However, as the software is so powerful, we considered the possibility of cross-platform sharing of such resources and made some test of this idea. In this report, I will introduce the concept of making exhibitors also producers and demonstrate an example performed in our museum.

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We believe that the planetarium holds tremendous potential to advance scientific research. It can serve as a collaborative and immersive visualization environment for data exploration and discovery. However, for that vision to be realized need to make progress in several areas including interoperability with scientific software packages, tools for the interaction with and interrogation of data, and better methods for synchronizing content between domes as well as between research data centers and domes.

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This panel session explores strategies for bringing awareness and understanding to issues around diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Planetarium field.

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We discuss the fundraising and public relations challenges to the University of the Free State in establishing and operating the first digital planetarium in Southern Africa. Because of its location in a rural central region of central South Africa, a developing country, the context is complex. We share lessons learned about running a capital campaign simultaneously with ongoing fundraising for operations. Since the project was made possible through extensive collaborations between organisations, we have to balance often-competing interests.

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Each panelist brings a different perspective to this question. David Dundee's facility reopened in late June and is in the middle of presenting programs during an on-going pandemic. Benjamin Mendelsohn was scheduled to open a brand new, state-of-the-art planetarium when California canceled all such gatherings. He still has not had his grand-opening celebration. Philip Groce, a design consultant on several newly planned planetariums, gives reasons to say “yes” in spite of the severe economic impact of the pandemic.

 

 

 

 

Oral presentations: {August 3}-•-{August 5}-•-{August 7}   <•>   {Posters}

ORAL PRESENTATIONS, AUGUST 7

Abstract:
This panel focuses on educational opportunities around running a planetarium facility on a college campus. The session includes presentations on a) integration of problem-based learning into intro astronomy courses, b) use of whiteboards and other interactive strategies in a planetarium class, c) training undergraduate students as dome staff to run a planetarium facility, and d) results from survey, interview, and observation efforts to characterize higher education learning in IPS planetariums.

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This panel brings together multiple viewpoints from educational, theoretical, and practical perspectives about the planetarium aesthetic and its effectiveness. We will examine the research that support best practices that relate to educational and cognitive gains based on the aesthetic elements and presentation modes. One panelist will present a theoretical approach by rescaling spatial and temporal phenomena down to perceivable human proportions, and how audiences can be re-trained into a new way of seeing. Our final presenter will show how domes can be used to explore cultural heritage, and how human scale design connects with the perception of the greater cosmos.

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Throughout this session, discover new and innovative ways to grow your audience and better connect with your community using case studies from a variety of planetaria.

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The use of social media by a planetarium is a wonderful way to raise awarness of the population to science news and curiosities.

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Please join us for an important panel discussion on anti-racism and hear from Black planetarians on matters that affect us all.

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OpenSpace is a NASA-funded open source software for realtime presentation of astrophysical and planetary data sets. This workshop will cover technical aspects of running OpenSpace on a broad range of display platforms and will review currently available data sets and content modules.

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This workshop details how to use WWT in the dome for live presenting and creating visualizations. This workshop will be useful to both the never touched WWT user, the experienced WWT user, and everything in between. We will address various functionality within the software, real time control for live presentations, and quick video creation for flat screen / dome / vr playback.

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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Covid: covid airborne transmission, planetarium building air conditioning systems, immediate IAQ covid response options, long-term IAQ improvements

COVID Impacts on Design: minimize human to human contact, minimize surface to human contact (touch-free journey), health checkpoint locations, touchless technologies / mobile phones / kiosk locations, queuing strategies / notifications / wayfinding / floor demarcation / shields, intelligent washrooms / hygiene monitoring /self-assessment technologies, seating / finishes / antimicrobial coatings / synthetics

Other Design Trends: journey to net-zero, enhanced maintenance technologies, local products / carbon footprint, screens as monitors / future of projectors, increased accessibility / sensory augmentation

Broad Design and Planning Principles: Who is the audience? What factors influence design and technical specifications? Who supports the project – at what long-term level? What are we attempting to achieve - and for whom?

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LED technology for domes has arrived sooner than expected. This paper/panel will introduce to planetarians how the characteristics of LED domes will revolutionize planetarium and dome theater displays.

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Experience and explore a range of immersive audio technologies with their makers and productions

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In recent years research in history of planetariums has grown in scope and sophistication, with the topic being increasingly approached from broader cultural viewpoints. In this session, three historians will present case studies and insights from their work, and discuss some of the research methodologies, perspectives, and challenges that have shaped the field.

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In 2014 the Vision2020 Initiative was created specifically charged to alter the business as usual attitude, and design a big picture vision of how IPS could become a modern, new IPS. Has V2020 succeeded?

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The 100th anniversary of the first planetarium—the Planetarium Centennial—will be observed as a nearly-two-year-long, global series of events and activities, celebrating our history, presenting what we have become, and highlighting what we plan to achieve in the future. The Centennial will showcase to the world what planetariums offer to their patrons and to society as a whole. We, the IPS Centennial Working Group, are now launching multiple projects for the Centennial, and we invite everyone to discuss with us how to best present the Centennial in social media, in print, in planetarium shows, in public events—and more! Join IPS next week for the Centennial Group Breakout Sessions (Members only).

 

 

 

 

Oral presentations: {August 3}-•-{August 5}-•-{August 7}   <•>   {Posters}

POSTERS

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Telescopes used in educational programs traditionally face two serious limits: first, at most observing sites, only the Moon, Jupiter or Saturn are reliably exciting in an eyepiece. Second, if digital cameras are mounted on traditional Schmidt–Cassegrain telescopes, the equipment is complex and cumbersome, requiring an expert to use effectively. Small, smart telescopes, however, like Stellina and eVscope, eliminate those restrictions and rapidly image deep space objects even under light-polluted skies. Within minutes they reveal structure in galaxies and are sensitive enough to observe faint comets, asteroids and exoplanet transits. Smart telescopes represent a “see change” similar to that initiated by full-dome digital technologies. No longer confined to the Solar System, we can now time travel with audiences into deep intergalactic space. This paper will explore the exciting challenges we will face as interpreters of these newly captured realms of observation.

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In 2015, after 29 years’ service, the original OMNIMAX projector and GOTO GSS-I planetarium in our Space Theatre were renovated with a Digistar 5 projection system which has a 7.5k x 7.5k resolution. Surely the renovation changed the operation mode of the theatre. After the renovation, the annual audience number and box-office increased at most 22% in the first few years. The maintenance fee and operation human resource are also saved enormously. Here, we will share our experience and analyze some factors which cause to the changes.

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Jacek Mikulski will talk how we approach creating visualisations for different kind of shows. Fast or slow camera movements? Should we approach planet very close or see it in a distance? Do we choose realism or maybe cartoon? Or something more specific like low-poly 3D art or Pixel Art?

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How to build a cheap but powerful fisheye fulldome projection system.

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This workshop will review best practices and production pipelines for creating affordable fulldome content. Focus will be on the development of low-cost options for smaller planetariums to help enhance their ability to generate engaging content for their audiences.

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Mateusz Wyszynski gives show a glimpse of laser show we have been working on, which combines the before mentioned ideas and also talk about aesthetics of laser shows themselves: what is their purpose in the show and how to use them wisely?

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Tomek Drela will talk about the music in the show. Music drives the tone of the show. You can have a show about Saturn, but it will be seen differently by the audience whether you play 80’s pop music or Chopin’s nocturnes in the background. While the above statement is fairly obvious, the right choice of the music is a form of art worth looking into.

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While Virtual Reality (VR) tends to be an individualistic immersion into the digital realm, the shared immersive experience offers the added perspective of an audience dynamic. This shared immersive experience is possible in places such as domed theatres and planetaria. Domed theatres / planetaria aim to immerse and transport audiences collectively to visualise especially scientific concepts and knowledge.

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A new planetarium is born in the very south of Brazil. The planetarium is closer to the uruguaian border than to any other city in Brazil. We present, in this poster, a brief description about the activities and educational research we have done in the past two years. We briefly describe the structure, from staff to live presentations, activities in the schools, with elderly groups, kindergarten kids activities, teachers trainning programs and the travelling mobile dome. After the first year of activities we started to develop educational research in the planetarium, including in and out the dome research. We are finishing the first analysis on the collected data about kids knowledge on solar height, a fulldome show and public perception about the planetarium.

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STEM education in Mississippi is at a critical juncture, as public schools do not have adequate resources to engage students in STEM activities. We strive for the Wiley Planetarium in rural Cleveland, Mississippi to serve as a centerpiece for the future of STEM education in the Mississippi Delta. We will share our trials and tribulations as we pilot a program that engages middle school students from the Mississippi Delta region in earth and space science related content. This content is mapped to grade level learning outcomes and aligned with the Mississippi College and Career Readiness Science Standards. Additionally, we will discuss the impact our planetarium has made on the local community and astronomy courses at Delta State University.

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The Mobile Xperience: creative uses of a portable dome

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The world of Virtual Reality contents is expanding and those files can be played into our digital theaters through some adaptations. What are the formats available, are these formats providing enough quality for us, which are those related to astronomy, which are really free for use, and how to adapt the files to the dome to fully appreciate the contents.

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Active learning (a form of formative assessment) has shown to move students toward a better, longer-lasting understanding in classrooms, yet are these strategies observed among planetarian instructional practices? Assessment conversations serve as a pathway for planetarians to most fully intellectually engage with their students/audience and gather information about student understanding in order to guide the teaching/ learning process. In this workshop we will learn about assessment conversations and how to implement them in our presentations.

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An overview of a number of projects, notably Lowell and Yerkes Observatories as well as a consortium of historic observatories (Mount Wilson, Lick, Palomar, etc.), presenting astronomy to a wide range of audiences. Advancements made in these projects will be explored – along with lessons learned.

 

 

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This panel brings together four different perspectives addressing the question of what are the aesthetic elements that define the planetarium experience, best practices that support those elements, the theoretical underpinnings of the aesthetic from an artistic viewpoint, and an immersive cultural heritage program that expands on this theory of art.

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Colleagues we lost, 2018–2020.

Oral presentations: {August 3}-•-{August 5}-•-{August 7}   <•>   {Posters}

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