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The Value of Education in the Planetarium
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Some planetariums, especially those located in public schools, often find themselves on the budget cut list as institutions struggle to balance funding with expenses.

Others know that they need to upgrade to replace failing equipment to provide the best educational experience available.

Realizing that these literal life and death struggles for the continuance of a planetarium exist, IPS has produced a White Paper titled The Value of Education in the Planetarium.

Beyond these scenarios, this document can be shared with teachers to help them justify use planetariums located outside of schools as educational resources; can be given to anyone who does not know what a planetarium is (ordinary citizens, parents, journalists, public officials); and to simply expand the awareness of planetariums everywhere.

Download document as 

Open Value of Education .pdf  or  Download .doc version .docx 


The document may be downloaded and copied as needed. There also is a one-page version can be handy to distribute at meetings with many people. The goals of these documents are:

  • A rationale for building or purchasing a planetarium.
  • A rationale for funding an existing planetarium and keeping it in operation.
  • A continuing rationale for all who work in planetariums to disseminate positive information about planetariums, including IPS and all of its affiliates.
  • A document for referral by everyone involved in planetarium work, with ideas that can be shared with administrators, teachers, planetarium attendees, and the voting community.
  • A document for use by planetarium educators that touches on some best practices for their work.

Also available: 

  • The one-page document translated into
  • IPS President Mark SubbaRao's President's Message from the March 2019 Planetarian, in which he describes his experience at a school board meeting to discuss the importance of planetariums.

OpenPresident's Message

  • A research paper from the June 2019 Planetarian by Editor Sharon Shanks titled "Where's the Data," about recent studies of planetarium efficacy.

Open Where's the Data  Download Where's the Data


Never hesitate to contact any of the IPS officers if you feel that a letter of support from IPS would help your case. You also can write to with your request, or complete a Contact Us request.

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