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 Celebrating the launch of British Astronaut Tim Peake to the ISS

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)

  • Classroom activities

  • Research in education

  • Standards for astronomy education around the world

  • For students/future planetarians

  • NASA resources

  • 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.)

  • Organizations

  • Miscellaneous educational resources

  • Free educational graphics

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