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|The Value of Education in the Planetarium|
Saving the Planetarium
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.
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:
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.
A research paper from the June 2019 Planetarian by Editor Sharon Shanks titled "Where's the Data," about recent studies of planetarium efficacy.
Never hesitate to contact any of the IPS officers if you feel that a letter of support from IPS would help your case. You can write to firstname.lastname@example.org.