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First-year winners: On left, David Gruber from Italy with Michele Wistisen at the Casper Planetarium in Casper, Wyoming
A Week in the United States
Two planetariums in the United States host a planetarium colleague from another country for A Week in the United States, an initiative that began in 2017. It is supported by IPS as an excellent opportunity for professional development and cultural exchange and offered under the auspices of the International Relations Committee.
Based on the long-running and successful An Astronomical Experience in Italy for an American Planetarium Operator, it is hoped that A Week in the United States will serve as a model for other countries to follow and, as the years pass, evolve into cultural and professional development exchange around the globe.
A Week with the GDP hosted by the Society of the German-Speaking Planetariums began in 2019.
Applications are requested from educators and/or astronomers who work with any of the various models of planetariums and who are comfortable making presentations in the English language.
From 2019, Sara Schultz, host, from the Minnesota State University Moorhead Planetarium, with Ullar Kivila from the Science Centre AHHAA in Tartu, Estonia
What to expect
The winner will:
All lessons and presentations will be conducted in English. The preliminary text of the lesson is required so that teachers will have ample time to work with their students before the experience.
Be prepared to teach the lesson at either a basic or an advanced level. Some classes are extremely interested but do not know a lot of astronomy, and others have studied astronomy in depth. Like their counterparts around the world, students in the United States are interested in science and learning about other cultures, have a good sense of humor, and certainly display the usual excitement about the planetarium.
We request a final report be written by the winner which will include the text of the lesson, comments from the students, and impressions of the experience, and may be asked to make a presentation at their IPS Regional Affiliate’s conference. The report also may be printed in Planetarian.
Application Procedure: Annual Deadline is December 31
Applicants must send the following, along with a cover letter explaining why you wish to be considered for this experience.
Send your application to:
A committee of judges composed of representatives from the host planetariums and IPS Regional Affiliates will review each applicant’s submission and choose the winners. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decisions no later than February.
By applying for this contest, you agree to release copyright of your original script and recordings and release the works under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License which makes your work public domain (creativecommons.org).
A Week in the United States is grateful for financial support provided by Ted Pedas, retired director of the Ted Pedas Planetarium at the Farrell (Pennsylvania) Area Schools.
Would you like to host a colleague? Learn more here.
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