Education Committee members at IPS 2016 in Warsaw
Current Education Committee Projects:
Read the August 2014 Message
from Education Committee Chair Jeanne Bishop
The mission of the IPS Education Committee is to engage in projects that enhance planetarium education worldwide. We are continuously "Seeking What Works," the title of the Education Committee column in Planetarian. To this end, the Committee is composed of individuals who have diverse talents in the field of planetarium education. This includes those who prepare programs based on developing cognitive levels, different region's required standards, those who are experienced presenters of educational programs for students of different ages, those who conduct and analyze planetarium research, and those who come from different world areas. In the list of current Committee members below, note the international nature of the Committee. If you are an IPS member and wish to join the Committee, please contact its Chair, Dr. Shannon Schmoll.
The overarching goals of the committee are listed below. The committee is split into several subcommittees, each focusing on a different aspect of the large topic of education in the planetarium. The overarching goals remain stable for the whole committee, while smaller, more specific and time-constrained goals guide each subcommittee for the immediate needs of the community.
- The Committee will emphasize international participation.
- The Committee will collaborate with other IPS committees on relevant projects.
- The Committee will initiate the collection of information about astronomy education, related other science education, and educational planetarium programs in different countries.
- The committee will encourage the dissemination of best practices in planetarium education.
- The Committee will work in various ways to help substantiate the important role of planetarium use in astronomy education and other subject areas presented in the planetarium.
- The Committee will encourage educational research in planetariums and suggest topics for planetarium research. The Committee recognizes that there is great diversity in planetarium facilities and audiences so that different research topics and methods are appropriate in different planetariums and their varied audiences.
- The Committee will share and help disseminate results from both general education research and from specific planetarium research.
- The Committee will maintain a living document that can be used by planetarium staff to justify to teachers and administrators that use of the planetarium is important and worthwhile.
- The Committee will promote and participate in planetarium education sessions at IPS and other planetarium conferences.
Dr. Shannon Schmoll
Director, Abrams Planetarium
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan USA 48824
Jeanne Bishop, Chair
Director, Westlake Schools Planetarium
Westlake, Ohio 44145 USA
Director and Master Teacher
Robeson Planetarium and Science Center
Lumberton, NC, USA
Susan Reynolds Button
Quarks to Clusters
Chittenango, New York 13037 USA
Director, Emil Buehler Planetarium,
Seminole State College of Florida
Sanford, Florida, USA
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center
Bay Village, Ohio USA
Dr. Debiprosad Duari
Director, Research and Academics
M.P. Birla Institute of Fundamental Research
Starlight - A Handy Planetarium
Perugia, San Sisto, Italy
Researcher, Science Education
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania USA
Lawrence Hall of Science Planetarium
University of California, Berkeley, USA
Institute of Physics
Silesian University in Opava
Opava, Czech Republic
Framingham State University
Framingham, Massachusetts USA
Aasa Roland Jacobsen
Planetarium Director, Science Museerne
Director, Williamsville Space Lab Planetarium
Williamsville, New York, USA
Dr. Julia Plummer
Assistant Professor of Science Education, Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania USA
Planetarium Director, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Moorehead, Minnesota, USA
Planetarium Director, H. B. Owens Science Center
Prince George's County Public Schools
Lanham-Seabrook, Maryland USA
Jenny Shipway email Jenny
Planetarium Director, Charles W. Brown Planetarium
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana, USA
Casper Planetarium Supervisor
NCSD Museum Consortium Liaison
Department of Teaching and Learning
Casper, Wyoming USA
Dr. Ka Chun Yu
email Ka Chun
Curator of Space Sciences
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Denver, Colorado USA
Older Committee Documents
Education Committee Report
Students at an astronomy education workshop at Astronomical Center Rijeka, Croatia.
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