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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 21 individuals who have different talents in the field of planetarium education, including those who prepare programs based on developing cognitive levels and a region's required standards (topics and methods), those who are experienced presenters of educational programs for students of different age, and those who conduct and analyze planetarium research, and those who come from different world areas. A list of current Committee members is given below with contact information. Note the international nature of the Committee. If an IPS member wishes to join the Committee, please contact its Chair, Jeanne E. Bishop

Since the renewal of this Committee at the Beijing2014 IPS meeting, with Jeanne Bishop now serving as Chair, the Committee has worked hard to determine a set of goals. The list has varied in length through some months of deliberation, with the outcome of the following list. These are a set of action or working goals, and some of them may be modified as we go forward.

  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. The Committee will prepare and disseminate a set of guidelines to assist collectors of this information and initiate an online survey to gain information. The Committee will facilitate publication of this information in Planetarian and on this website.
  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, as possible in 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 different audiences.
  7. The Committee will share results from both general education research and from specific planetarium research, an encourage publication of planetarium research details in Planetarian.
  8. The Committee will prepare a document that can be used by planetarium staff to convince teachers and administrators that use of the planetarium is important and worthwhile.
  9. The Committee will promote and participate in developing guidelines for certification at planetarium workshops.
  10. The Committee will promote and participate in planetarium education sessions at IPS and other planetarium conferences.

Committee Members

Dr. Jeanne E. Bishop, Chair
Director, Westlake Schools Planetarium
24525 Hilliard Road
Westlake, Ohio 44145 USA

Susan and Buck Batson
Science Outreach
Pleasantville, Pennsylvania USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Francine Jackson
Framingham State University
Framingham, Massachusetts USA

Aasa Roland Jacobsen
Planetarium Director, Science Museerne
Aarhus, Denmark

Kaoru Kimura
Japan Science Foundation
Tokyo, Japan

Oded Kindermann
Mobile Planetarium
Astronomy Program in Science Department
Jujuy, Argentina

Jack Northrup
Omaha, Nebraska USA

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

Dr. Shannon Schmoll
Director, Abrams Planetarium
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan USA

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

Jenny Shipway
Independent Consultant
United Kingdom

Dayna Thompson
Charlie M. Brown Planetarium
Muncie, Indiana USA

Michele Wistisen
Casper Planetarium Supervisor
NCSD Museum Consortium Liaison
Department of Teaching and Learning
Casper, Wyoming USA

Dr. Ka Chun Yu
Curator of Space Sciences
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Denver, Colorado USA

photo of Jeanne Bishop

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.

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