This website uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some of these cookies are used for visitor analysis, others are essential to making our site function properly and improve the user experience. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Click Accept to consent and dismiss this message or Deny to leave this website. Read our Privacy Statement for more.
Education Committee
Share |

Education Committee members at IPS 2016 in Warsaw

Education Committee 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.

  1. The Committee will emphasize international participation.
  2. The Committee will collaborate with other IPS committees on relevant projects.
  3. The Committee will initiate the collection of information about astronomy education, related other science education, and educational planetarium programs in different countries.
  4. The committee will encourage the dissemination of best practices in planetarium education.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. The Committee will share and help disseminate results from both general education research and from specific planetarium research.
  8. 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.
  9. The Committee will promote and participate in planetarium education sessions at IPS and other planetarium conferences.

Committee Members

photo of Shannon SchmollDr. Shannon Schmoll
email Shannon
Director, Abrams Planetarium
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan USA 48824

Jeanne Bishop, Chair
email Jeanne
Director, Westlake Schools Planetarium
Westlake, Ohio 44145 USA

Ken Brandt
email Ken
Director and Master Teacher
Robeson Planetarium and Science Center
Lumberton, NC, USA

Susan Reynolds Button
email Susan
Quarks to Clusters
Chittenango, New York 13037 USA

Derek Demeter
email Derek
Director, Emil Buehler Planetarium,
Seminole State College of Florida
Sanford, Florida, USA

Katy Downing
email Katy
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center
Bay Village, Ohio USA

Dr. Debiprosad Duari
email Debiprosad
Director, Research and Academics
M.P. Birla Institute of Fundamental Research
Kolkata, India

Simonetta Ercoli
email Simonetta
Starlight - A Handy Planetarium
Science Expert
Perugia, San Sisto, Italy

Chrysta Ghent
email Chrysta
Researcher, Science Education
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania USA

Alan Gould
email Alan
Lawrence Hall of Science Planetarium
University of California, Berkeley, USA

Tomáš Gráf
email Tomas
Institute of Physics
Silesian University in Opava
Opava, Czech Republic

Francine Jackson
email Francine
Framingham State University
Framingham, Massachusetts USA

Aasa Roland Jacobsen
email Aase
Planetarium Director, Science Museerne
Aarhus, Denmark

Mark Percy
email Mark
Director, Williamsville Space Lab Planetarium
Williamsville, New York, USA

Dr. Julia Plummer
email Julia
Assistant Professor of Science Education, Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania USA

Sara Schultz
email Sara
Planetarium Director, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Moorehead, Minnesota, USA

Patty Seaton
email Patty
Planetarium Director, H. B. Owens Science Center
Prince George's County Public Schools
Lanham-Seabrook, Maryland USA

Jenny Shipway email Jenny
Independent Consultant
United Kingdom

Dayna Thompson
email Dayna
Planetarium Director, Charles W. Brown Planetarium
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana, USA

Gary Tomlinson
email Gary
Michele Wistisen
email Michele
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 Rejeka, Croatia
Students at an astronomy education workshop at Astronomical Center Rijeka, Croatia.

Top of page

about ips | find a planetarium | officers | privacy policy

International Planetarium Society, Inc | c/o Ann Bragg, Treasurer | Marietta College, 215 Fifth Street | Marietta, Ohio 45750 USA