GLPA Conference Proceedings: 1990

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Title Author Year Abstract
3-D Mathematics on the Dome Barnes, Greg 1990 Abstract: Discussion of a joint project between IUPUI, The Children's Museum, and local high school physics teachers, to help students create 3-D mathematical models which are displayed and explored in the planetarium using Digistar Computer Graphics Technology.
SpaceLab - An Educational Program Bass, Jeffery 1990 Abstract: SpaceLab: Manned spaceflight simulation for grades 4-8. You don't have to become a Challenger Center mission site to provide your patrons with hands-on space science activities. At Cranbrook we have developed and built a realistic spaceship/laboratory for school groups to experience in a one-hour program that has been extremely popular and successful.
The Sky's Our Limit Bishop, Dr. Jeanne E. 1990 Abstract: After sharing some experiences of her pre-GLPA years, the speaker explores the universe that lies within each of us, to show how we think and create. Our brains function in two modes, the analytical left mode and the intuitive right mode. Planetarium people are so creative because most are mixed-brain dominant.
Production Values for Planetariums Blankenbeckler, Wayne et al 1990 Abstract: Find out what you can do to put more "pizazz" into your planetarium programs. This workshop will present some concrete tips and techniques that you can use to create programs that audiences will both love and learn from.
Mission to Mars - A National Exhibition for Science Education Buckingham, William 1990 Abstract: Mission to Mars will be a national traveling exhibition for science education which will capitalize on museum visitors' inherent interest and enthusiasm for space exploration in order to enhance learning experience in science and mathematics. Visitors will experience a simulated futuristic research mission to the surface of Mars.
What's Up Doc? (or Moon Phases in 1 Easy Lesson) Ciupik, Larry A. 1990 Abstract: Every planetarium needs to know an easy understandable way of showing how moon phases work. This paper presents the results of a unique approach at teaching moon phases without a planetarium!
Among the Stars - Project SPICA Crawford, Vivian 1990 Abstract: Using a set of 88 star constellation cards and lesson plans which outline interpersonal action strategies, creative writing and celestial art ideas, students work cooperatively to learn star names, constellations and stellar characteristics. Illinois 1990 Impact II Award.
A Student Training Manual DeRemer, David 1990 Abstract: Using student or volunteer helpers in the planetarium is common for many facilities. Training, however, often takes time from the director. A generic training manual is being created which will help orient the student to the unique environment of the planetarium. Tips and suggested student activities will be explained.
Integrated Planetarium and Classroom Activities for Schools: Summer Institutes in Astronomy and Space Sciences Gould, Alan 1990 Abstract: A description of summer teacher institutes at the Lawrence Hall of Science, including the 8-volume series Planetarium Activities for Student Success and a series of activities guides, Great Explorations in Math and Science.
Laser Shows without Lasers Greenwood, Chuck 1990 Abstract: A behind-the-scenes look at how the Staerkel Planetarium and the Parkland Astronomy Club teamed up to put on a well-received Rock and Roll Light Show - and made a lot of money for charity.
The New Mark Smith Planetarium Groce, Philip 1990 Abstract: In 1989, the Mark Smith Planetarium celebrated its 25th year anniversary with a floor to dome renovation. This renovation was an opportunity to reaffirm the need for a planetarium Some critics say that the planetarium medium is near death with fewer theaters built each year. Many smaller planetariums built 25 years ago are either closed or in serious disrepair. The renovation of the New Mark Smith Planetarium was an opportunity to take advantage of new audio-visual technologies including a video panorama system with real-time and recorded computer graphics. These additions have given new life to an aging planetarium and should be of interest to any planetarian planning renovations.
High Definition Television Today Groves, John 1990 Abstract: This presentation will define what HDTV is, discuss current competing formats and standards, outline video production hardware and services options and the potential for non-broadcast use.
Space Bus: A Family Show at the Strasenburgh Planetarium Hall, Donald S. 1990 Abstract: A description of the family show "Space Bus."
Astronomy Update 1990 Kaler, Dr. James B. 1990 Abstract: A wide-ranging review of astronomical research in the past year, including solar system, stellar, and galactic astronomy and cosmology. Emphasis is placed on results form high-resolution Space Telescope images. Topics include the solar neutrino problem, the many forms of stellar mass loss, the filamentary structure of the universe, and many more.
Use of Planetarium for College and University Courses Linton, David 1990 Abstract: The Staerkel Planetarium has been asked to become more involved in the delivery of instruction for Parkland College classes. This paper will explore ideas for accomplishing that goal in a diverse set of college disciplines, and will call upon audience members to share ideas of their own.
The Status and Future of the Planetarium Profession - A Comparison of Planetarium Directors to Non-Director Menke, Dr. David 1990 Abstract: How does a career in the planetarium compare to other jobs? How does education play a role? Do we work more for less money? How do other planetarium jobs (producer, artist, technician) compare to that of director? Conclusions will be drawn for 1989 Planetarium Survey.
A Comparison of Portable Planetaria: Apollo and Starlab Moritz, J.C.. 1990 Abstract: A comparison between the two major types of inflatable planetariums, the strengths and weaknesses of each, and concluding with the perfect combination.
Teaching in Inflatable Planetariums: The World Is Round? Show Me! Neff, Georgia 1990 Abstract: A participatory Starlab lesson for grades one to three showing that the world is round.
The John Q. Student View of Astronomy Olson, Dr. Randy W. 1990 Abstract: Since the 1986 GLPA Meeting, the question of what our university students really know about astronomy has haunted me. At that meeting Dale Smith presented the results of a Pre-Test given to both his students and elementary teachers. Since that time over 300 students at UW-Stevens Point have taken that Pre-Test, or one similar to it. The students knowledge, or lack thereof in some cases, is rather interesting and somewhat disturbing.
Operation Pop-Rock Orloff, Wes 1990 Abstract: Description of a program that helps children experience safe and inexpensive rocket launches while learning some of the scientific principles that govern rocket flights.
Light Pollution - Every Planetarium's Responsibility Pareis, Alan V. 1990 Abstract: Illustrated with slides, this paper will briefly discuss the basic causes of light pollution and sky glow. Emphasis will be on steps you can take fo improve your planetarium's exterior lighting as an example to the community. The author is the Adler Planetarium's Doane Observatory Operator, a lifelong Amateur Astronomer and a member of the International Dark Sky Association. Recently a Northern Indiana Camp and Conference Center adopted the author's proposal for low pollution exterior lighting.
Perkins' Audience Warm-Up Using an Orion Flannel-Graph Perkins, Kenneth E. 1990 Abstract: Black flannel (felt) background with stars and captions make this constellation materialize in broad daylight or bright house-lights.
L-H-S Specifications of Planetarium Capabilities Revision 1.0 Peterson, Mark C. 1990 Abstract: Three companies supplying hardware and software to the planetarium community - Loch Ness Productions, Joe Hopkins Engineering, and Sky-Skan, Inc.- have collaborated on a project which details a unique method of classifying planetaria by their capabilities and equipment. Specific levels of standards, achievement, and acceptance of the "L-H-S Spec." are outlined.
Fractal Art on the Dome Pirko, Richard 1990 Abstract: Fractal pictures of mathematical equations are incredibly complex and beautiful. All Sky, panorama or multi-screen images can produce brilliant backgrounds or main themes for light shows. This paper details duplication, soft edge masking and source for fractal images.
Handling the Subjects of Pseudoscience and Crackpot Science Randi, James 1990 Abstract: Pseudoscience has the trappings but not the rigor of science, while crackpot science does not even bother with the trappings. Planetariums have a responsibility to refute the claims of pseudoscience and crackpot science. The speaker recounts several of his own experiences and encourages planetarians to be aggressive and entertaining in using the media to refute paranormal claims.
Astrology in the Planetarium Workshop Reed, Dr. George 1990 Abstract: This workshop will show the difference between the "science" of astrology (reproducing the phenomena of a specific time and place) and the "art" of astronomy (creative Taurus rearendus).
IPS 90 Conference Report Reynolds, Sue 1990 Abstract: Several papers and workshops dealing with mobile planetariums were presented at the IPS '90 Conference in Borlänge, Sweden. The purpose of this paper is to share what (in the world) is going on with portables in the '90s.
Participatory Astronomy in Our Schools Rice, Maureen 1990 Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to share some of the major changes implemented in OCM BOCES planetarium programs as a result of experiences and ideas gained at the Astronomy and Space Science (POPS) Institute. A K-9 curriculum was created and specific activities were designed to coordinate this curriculum with New York State and local school district's mandates. The programs and activities use inquiry and language arts skills to effectively communicate important concepts in astronomy and space science.
Project STAR and SPICA Update Sampson, Gary 1990 Abstract: Project STAR is a senior high astronomy curriculum initiative. Project SPICA is a training program for teacher astronomy workshops. Both STAR and SPICA are under the auspices of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA. An update will be given on both projects.
The Leo Mystery Tour Schafer, Sheldon 1990 Abstract: A Mystery Format can provide a strong motivation for elementary students visiting the planetarium. With the help of "Sherlock Domes" students use a "Big Dipper Clock" to construct a "Leo Clock". The clocks provide the critical clues to catch the culprit and clinch the case. Third grade students use their observational skills and deductive reasoning to determine the time of the crime and prove that the suspect lies about his alibi. This paper will discuss the key elements of this participatory lesson.
Copernicus in the Planetarium Smethells, William 1990 Abstract: A college/high school level laboratory exercise is described in which observing techniques available to Copernicus are reproduced in the planetarium. Observations of the synodic periods of the planets produce sidereal periods and using configurations of the planets leads to distances from the Sun.
A New Mini-Planetarium for Classrooms Szostak, Roland 1990 Abstract: A new technique for overhead projector is presented, which offers great advantages for teaching astronomy in schools and for a good cooperation between planetariums and schools. It shows projected bright stars within the dark background of the sky and allows one to study many details of motions in the sky. By working with polarized light and interference effects, the projected sky can be converted into twilight end even into colors. One can also insert illuminated coordinates or movable celestial bodies into the dark sky and study the retrograde motion of a planet.
Using the Overhead to Teach Color Thompson, Rod 1990 Abstract: Using the overhead for projection of various types of spectra from continuous to absorption.
101 Ways to Spend Your Money, Part 3 Tomlinson, Gary 1990 Abstract: Highlights of new astronomical memorabilia and educational materials will be discussed. Names and addresses will be given. Use for gift shops, the collector and the educator.
A Spectacular Gathering of Evening Planets in 1991 Victor, Robert C. 1990 Abstract: Venus, Mars, and Jupiter will be simultaneously observable in evening from mid-January until late in July. The swift motions of Venus and Mars will carry them into a very compact gathering with Jupiter in mid-June. The changing configuration of these three bright planets provides a superb opportunity for stimulating public interest in skywatching.
Audience Surveys for Fun and Profit Wharton, John 1990 Abstract: Surveying your audiences can provide you with a wealth of information, from basic demographics and program evaluation, to checking and refining your goals and objectives, to helping to show how well you're doing your job. This presentation will address the rationale behind audience evaluation and its general role in marketing, administering, and analyzing effective surveys.
What We Did on Our Summer "Vacation" Whitt, April 1990 Abstract: summer used to be the season when we caught up paperwork and took a breather from school groups. Not this year! - Library and camp programs (and space tomatoes) kept everyone busy.
First Grade Voyager Fly-By Zajac, Gene 1990 Abstract: Voyager Fly-by. (Used 1st through 6th grade.) This lesson demonstrates how we learn about the planet even though they are a great distance form Earth. Older grades look at the technology used to explore space.