Read more in the
March 2016 Planetarian.
Education is a high priority for most planetariums.
The dome is an interface between formal and informal education, often serving both roles. It serves life-long learners, students, and the simply curious, and can be the gateway to awakening a child's life-long interest in science.
There are a tremendous number of educational resources available online. What follows are ones of particular interest to planetarians and to others simply interested in astronomy/space science education. These pages are maintained by the IPS Education Committee.
This list will evolve.
You can ask Teaching in the Dome
NEW: Take advantage of the years of experience that Education Committee members have in teaching under the dome. Do you need help to present season? How about keeping the attention of 6-year-olds? We can help.
You can request teaching help through this form and we will respond.
A tool for every planetarium:
The Value of Education in the Planetarium (areas where the planetarium excels and exceeds classroom education; cross-curricular opportunities; provides support for planetariums in danger of closing and/or to argue for upgrades)
- NEW: Now available in Portuguese, Spanish, and French.
Planetarium activities (for live interactive programs)
Research in education
Standards for astronomy education around the world
For students/future planetarians
ESA (and other space agency) resources (Note to IPS Members: this section needs to be developed. If you are interested in volunteering to do it, please tell us through Contact Us.)
Miscellaneous educational resources
Free educational graphics