Virtual Posters

Dale W. Smith — Double Feature show runs

Some shows at the BGSU Planetarium are now double-features with back-to-back runs of two shows. Although we are part of a university, we are a standalone facility in that visitors do not have other stops to make when they attend us, unlike in a museum or science center. Thus we do not want to make the visitor experience too brief, a consideration since many full-dome shows are shorter than traditional slide-based shows were.

Rachel Williamson — Aligning Virtual Planetarium Visits with State Science Standards

Like many other institutions, the Brown Planetarium is using online programming to continue to engage learners through virtual field trips. Since many teachers are in need of help during this time, we have found that the most requested programs are correlated with State Science Standards. By working to incorporate the standards into every program, teachers can get the help they need. As a result, our virtual visits have been an encouraging and great learning experience for both the visitors and myself - even if it is not as fun as presenting in the dome.

Autumn Grosz, Bridgett Grosz, Megan Kucera, Aubrie Vivant — Going Virtual: Student Created "Web-isodes"

This presentation explores four different student created web series, or "webisodes", on various topics. Topics were chosen by the students based on their interests and cover a wide range of themes. The themes discussed here include: Biodiversity on earth and in the sky, planetary volcanology, stellar references and symbolism in literature, and creating astro art. Each student will be discussing their background, their topic and how they chose it, and how they are sharing it with our audiences through social media.

Sara Schultz, Callie Tescher — Mythology and the Milky Way: Celebrating the Stories of the Sky in the Planetarium

For generations, civilizations have looked to the sky to tell stories of their culture. From Europe to Asia and to the Americas, societies have tied their mythos to the night sky in the form of constellations. A planetarium offers the perfect space to explore these stories. Exploring the stories behind the constellations also invites an audience to the planetarium that may not otherwise be interested in astronomical sciences. Exploring ancient tales and even some with new twists such as the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan broadens the ideas of what people expect of the night sky. Check out these student-developed planetarium presentations.

Abby Bormann — Classical Music, Performance, and Astronomy: A Few Suite Ideas

Planetariums can serve as classrooms, theaters, and concert halls. But how about all three at once? Combining lecture, visuals, and music into one cohesive presentation can be a lot to orchestrate. Abby Bormann from the MSUM planetarium combines lecture and music for educational and entertaining audience experiences. Tune in to this poster presentation where Abby will be discussing three of the shows she has developed. The first, Holst’s The Planets: a combination of solar system tour, history, mythology, and live violin performance. The second, Vivaldi’s Seasonal Skies: a survey of the seasonal landscapes of Vivaldi’s violin concertos along with the myths of the seasonal constellations. The third, Carnival of the Animals: a playful exploration of animal-themed constellations to match the animals included in the music of Saint-Saëns along with whimsical poetry adapted from the Ogden Nash verses typically paired with the music.