GLPA Conference Proceedings: 1984

Proceedings Editor:  John Boesche, Cernan Earth & Space Center, Triton College, River Grove, Illinois.

GLPA Members:  You can download these Proceedings using the following link. Note that you must be logged in to download the PDF file.

PDF:  1984-proceedings.pdf  (5.3 MB)

Non-members:  You can order a PDF of this Proceeding ($3) or the entire Proceedings CD ($4) through the online store. They can also be purchased through the mail using the order form.


Title Author Year Abstract
An Introduction to the Association of Astronomy Educators Allen, Robert 1984 Abstract: The Association of Astronomy Educators attempts to facilitate the sharing of ideas and materials among astronomy teachers. This is done via a biannual newsletter it publishes and a resource guide available to members.
Let's Build a Solar System-Participatory Models Bishop, Dr. Jeanne E. 1984 Abstract: Textbooks and commercial models often inaccurately portray scale in solar system models. A large model permits students and others to visualize immense distances between objects, and walking between them adds the kinesthetic sense to their observations.
Airplane Lights, the 555, and the Marvels of Electronics Brinkman, Dennis 1984 Abstract: While solving a problem of how to control a simultaneous slide change on a number of panorama projectors, the author discovered the intriguing world of integrated circuits. Along the way, he also discovered various methods to create flashing airplane lights in the planetarium.
An Astronomy Curriculum for Kindergarten through Sixth Grades Brinkman, Dennis 1984 Abstract: Como Planetarium has developed and produced a complete astronomy curriculum for grades K-6. The curriculum contains 10 to 24 classroom activities per grade level. Each activity is designed to keep the students actively involved in the learning process. The entire curriculum was piloted in the St. Paul School District, and was evaluated by an independent consulting firm.
Special Effects Projectors from Baby Food Jars DeRemer, David 1984 Abstract: The following are some simple special effects projectors which can be made out of baby food jars. The ideas for these effects originated at various other GLPA meetings the author has attended over the past seven years, and it is with great pleasure that he presents alternative uses from these ideas back to the members of GLPA.
Stop! Don't Throw Away That Junk Mail! Goins, Dan 1984 Abstract: Thanks to organizations like the Planetary Society, we have an abundance of material to use in the planetarium. The bulk mail that is sent by many advertisers often contains photos or drawings of space related material, some of which may not be in general circulation yet. The material can be used for slides in planetarium programs of they may be used for bulletin boards.
A Revolutionary Concept: A Live Constellation Show Hall, Donald S. 1984 Abstract: The kindly director of the Strasenburgh Planetarium, aided by Capt. Science, explains what happened last January when he took good advice, believed an audience survey, and presented "January Skies" live.
The Mobile Bochum Observatory: An Example for the Application of a Small Planetarium in the Field of 'Spaceology' Lemmer, Uwe 1984 Abstract: Since October 1981, the Bochum Observatory has been offering a unique kind of astronomical public relations and adult education in West Germany. In this paper the author first gives a short overview of the structure of the Bochum Observatory, then summarizes the concept, equipment and activities of the mobile Bochum Observatory.
Some Discoveries Made at Yerkes Observatory of the University of Chicago Morgan, Dr. William 1984 Abstract: Dr. Morgan won most of our hearts by letting us know that he classifies himself as an amateur astronomer. His speech included several amusing anecdotes about famous astronomers. He made it clear that he could only talk about a few of the many Yerkes discoveries. (Transcribed by Robert Allen.)
Role of the Planetarium in Secondary Education: A Challenge for GLPA Olmstead, Patt 1984 Abstract: Task forces, state boards, local boards, curriculum directors, moms and dads, and just about everyone you meet have their recommendations on how to improve science education. That's good, but it's up to us as science educators to implement programs that respond to the recognized needs for improving science education...and to accomplish this with limited funds.
Romancing the Dome Reed, Dr. George 1984 Abstract: The author shares memorable experiences and accomplishments of his astronomical career, confessing that the planetarium had an unexpected influence on his life.
ASTRONOMY: Listening to the Reader Richard Berry 1984 Abstract: The editor-in-chief of Astronomy Magazine recognizes that it is impossible to communicate with any audience which doesn't want to listen to your message, so one must deliver what the audience wants to learn about.
False-Color Density Mapping of the Milky Way Schafer, Sheldon 1984 Abstract: This paper will describe a student activity in which star counts taken in the planetarium are used to make a "false-color" density map of the Milky Way.
Walking on Water: The New Planetarium at Bowling Green Smith, Dr. Dale 1984 Abstract: The new Bowling Green State University Planetarium opened in April, 1984. It has a 40-foot dome and seats 118 persons. The star projector is a Minolta Series IIB with manual controls and an automation system by Apollo. The Omni-Q selective effects control system provides both manual and automation modes.
Student Aids in the Planetarium Thompson, Rod 1984 Abstract: The author describes how he uses students to allow him freedom to interact with visitors to the planetarium. He also shows how students have made the planetarium a "friendly" place to visit.
Stars, Space and Astronomy: An Elderhostel Program Wenning, Carl J. 1984 Abstract: The "Over 60" crowd is becoming an even larger segment of our society. Planetarium programming can be designed to cater to this special interest group. The lecturer shares his experiences and recommendations for working with the older members of our population through Elderhostel.