to promote the development of planetariums and astronomy education resources in emerging communities in Africa, Asia and South America.
Astronomy has a universal appeal to people in cultures and countries around the world. However, there are few planetariums and other astronomy education resources in vast areas of Africa, Asia and South America. The goal of the committee is to assist in the development of planetariums and other astronomy education resources on these continents. Building on projects that have already been established in Ghana and Kenya, the initial focus of the committee will be Africa. Projects on all continents with emerging communities will be explored as resources permit.
- Dave Weinrich, Chair
Retired, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Nelson, Wisconsin, USA
- Jacob Ashong
Ghana Planetarium, Accra, Ghana
- Derek Demeter
Emil Buehler Planetarium, Sanford, Florida, USA
- Jack Dunn
Retired, Mueller Planetarium (Lincoln, Nebraska, USA), Cayce, South Carolina, USA
- Glen Moore
Retired, Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium (Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia), Gwynneville, New South Wales, Australia
- Susan Murabana Owen
The Travelling Telescope, Nairobi, Kenya
- Joanne Young
IPS Past President, Audiovisual Imagineering, Orlando, Florida, USA
In Kenya, Susan Murabana and Daniel Chu reach out to all ages across the country with The Travelling Telescope project.
Under the portable dome in Kenya.
The beautiful dark skies in Kenya.
Looking safely at the sun.
Anna Green, Susan Murbana, and Joanne Young at IPS 2016 in Poland.
In Ghana, donated equipment and volunteer help led to the construction of a planetarium.
From left: Jane Ashong, IPS president Dave Weinrich (in 2012) and Jacob Ashong at the IPS 2012 Conference in Baton Rouge.