GLPA Conference Proceedings: 2001

Proceedings Editor:  Dale W. Smith, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

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Title Author Year Abstract
DIGITAL PLANET SCALES Allen, Robert 2001 Abstract: In 1980, we modified a Heathkit digital scale to read your weight on the Moon and the other planets. Our motivation to do this came from a SEPA Newsletter article by Fred Carr, Hummel Planetarium Technician.
PHOTO ESSAY OF THE GLPA 2000 MEETING Bishop, Jeanne 2001 Abstract: This is an exhibit of photographs highlighting the Fall, 2000 annual meeting of the Great Lakes Planetarium Association held at Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, October 11-14, 2000.
THE STARGAZER: A PROGRESS REPORT Bonadurer, Robert and DeRemer, Dave 2001 Abstract: The Minneapolis Planetarium has received an $18,000 IDEAs grant from the Space Science Telescope Institute (STScI) to produce a new star show called "The Stargazer." It will premiere at the October 2002 GLPA conference in Menasha, Wisconsin. It will then be available to purchase at cost (expected price $150-$200) through the Great Lakes Planetarium Association starting in October 2002. We have developed an outline, and a working introduction.
ASTRONOMY FOUNDATIONS THROUGH ART & PAPER PLATES (AFTAPP) Bueter, Chuck 2001 Abstract: The poster exhibited at the 2001 SEPA-GLPA Conference introduced Astronomy Foundations Through Art & Paper Plates (AFTAPP); the Paper Plate Education website at; and the Paper Plate Astronomy videotape. The AFTAPP workshops will fuse multicultural storytelling with recent astronomical discoveries to generate modern interpretations of the constellations through artistic renderings and paper plate activities.
MORE MAGIC FOR MAGICAL SKY DeBruyn, David L. 2001 Abstract: The wonderfully creative GLPA show for young children, Zubenelgenubi and the Magic Sky, has been popular at Grand Rapid's Chaffee Planetarium. To make the show even more effective, our staff has developed some presentation techniques, props, and additional visual effects. Included are video sequences that can be used in place of some of the static images. We can highly recommend the show as an effective vehicle to reach any planetarium's youngest visitors.
EDUCATOR REFUELING FLIGHTS Dunn, Jack A. 2001 Abstract: The 155th Air Refueling Wing of the Air National Guard is located in Lincoln, Nebraska. Out of this base, near the Lincoln Airport, they fly missions in support of Air Force operations all over the world. There are many opportunities for aerospace educators through the Air Force and ROTC units at many universities. These usually involve visits to training facilities and to attend events, such as rocket launches. The 155th maintains a unique type of activity in the opportunity to ride along during one of their refueling missions. During the year they will fly several of these per week in training, while in time of military operations they may increase this number considerably (and of course at that time no educator flights are possible).
TEACHER PLANETARIUM SURVEY Francetic, Daniel R. 2001 Abstract: Teachers are trained observers of students. A survey form was given to GLPA members to distribute to teachers who visit their planetariums. This is an attempt to gather quantitative data to show how students are affected by planetarium lessons.
AN INVITATION TO PRESENT POSTERS Francetic, Daniel R. 2001 Abstract: Poster displays of important planetarium information can add much to the effectiveness of an annual conference. GLPA has purchased twenty-five display boards that will be at the conference site when you arrive. They are free for member's use. However, bring your own board if you so desire.
SPITZ MILKY WAY: SOME PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS Hare, John 2001 Abstract: An alarming number of discrepancies exist with the Milky Way on Spitz installed and/or maintained projectors of most models and vintages. The problems range from transparencies that are rotated out of the correct position, transparencies that are reversed or upside down, transparencies in the wrong location, to entire sets being shifted by 1 or more positions! Fortunately the problems are easily corrected.
ASTRONOMICAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH AT PARI Hayward, Bob 2001 Abstract: The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) is a not-for-profit public foundation dedicated to providing education and research access to radio and optical astronomy for a broad cross-section of users. Key to research opportunities are four radio telescopes, ranging from 4.6-m to 26-m, left over from the days when the site was first a NASA tracking station and later a DOD facility. Radio telescopes for observations of Jupiter and the Sun have since been added as well as an optical observatory. • In the spring of 2001, PARI received a grant from a local foundation to purchase a large dome STARLAB planetarium. Programs have been piloted in three counties in western North Carolina. Results of these pilots show the STARLAB is well received by both students and teachers. In addition, a cooperative program with schools is underway to allow classes remote access to the 4.6-m radio telescope.
ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMMING IN LAFAYETTE, LA Hostetter, Dave 2001 Abstract: Lafayette's planetarium closed in December, 2000, for refurbishing and relocation to a new facility in early 2002. Planetarium free programming had to be planned. There was also the opportunity to plan unique programs and displays to close the old dome and open the new.
KNOWN IMPACT FEATURES IN THE SEPA/GLPA REGIONS Hostetter, Dave 2001 Abstract: A brief look at the nearly one dozen impact features known or suspected in the Great Lakes area and the Southeastern United States.
TACTILES IN ASTRONOMY EDUCATION: A SIGHT TO BEHOLD Hurd, Dr. David W. 2001 Abstract: The Planetarium of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania has developed and implemented many different tactiles for participants with visual impairments. This poster paper will highlight some of these resources and will recommend ways you can make your facility more accessible to participants with visual impairments. Although many GLPA members are familiar with Edinboro University's work with tactiles, the intent is to introduce these resources to SEPA members.
STARLAB LESSON: HAPPY BIRTHDAY STARS James, Wayne 2001 Abstract: People are disappointed when they "discover" you can't see your birth sign constellation on your birthday and disappointed that the star registered for them isn't visible, so here is a star they can see on their birthday and sing to the light that's as old as they are!
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR VCR Johnson, Duke 2001 Abstract: Do you need a controllable VCR? Can't afford a price of between $1,000 and $1,500? All you need is a couple of solenoids, $50, some miscellaneous spare parts and part of a day to put it all together. Building a simple control box will enable you to use your automation system to remotely play and stop any ordinary VCR.
VIDEO IN A SMALL DOME Kaitchuck, Ronald 2001 Abstract: We now routinely use video in most presentations in the Ball State University Planetarium. This talk covers the design and evolution of the video system. This will include the selection of components, their integration into the JHE Screen Master automation system and plans for future expansion.
ASTRONOMY UPDATE 2001 Kaler, James B. 2001 Abstract: Discoveries over the year range from Earth to the most distant quasar, from 2478 BC (sort of) to yesterday. Waves of astronomical data engulf astronomers, Mars loses a little water, a spacecraft landed on an asteroid, yet more extrasolar planets were discovered (some really odd), and oh by the way we have solved the nature of the Universe, which is flat and accelerating There is the small matter, however, of what it is made of, which remains quite mysterious.
GLPA INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS LIBRARY: AT YOUR SERVICE! Luman, Mitch ; Holt, Geoff 2001 Abstract: The GLPA Instructional Materials Library includes a slide bank, show kits, script bank, resource materials, conference proceedings, and TIPS booklets, and more. The materials are always available to GLPA members and now available to SEPA members until the end of the calendar year. The library is operated on a cost recovery basis.
CAREER IN TRANSITION: FROM COLLEGE/PUBLIC PLANETARIUM TO ACADEMIC/ELEMENTARY PLANETARIUM Menke, David 2001 Abstract: For thirty years the author worked in public planetarium settings, weather at museums, colleges, or universities. Then he found himself running an elementary school planetarium with no public shows at all. The whole mission of the elementary school planetarium is geared towards astronomy lessons-not shows. Find out how one copes with such a change, and how it can be more of a blessing than a curse.
SPACE RACE: A NEW GAME THAT SHOULD SWEEP THE NATION Michaels, Kathy 2001 Abstract: Chee-Kuen Yip of Hong Kong has created a new game that is beautiful, entertaining, and educational for students of all ages. It can be readily used as an instructional tool for class sized groups as well as in small groups. Although the box states for 2 to 6 players, age 10 and up, it has been played successfully by groups of all sizes and ages. The box contains the Space Race Game and the Solar System Game to help students learn facts about the solar system. Come see it and play it.
USER-DRIVEN PLANETARIUM PROJECTOR R&D AT GOTO OPTICAL MFG..CO. Miller, Ken 2001 Abstract: In the year 2000, representatives from Goto Optical Mfg. Co. attended every U.S. regional planetarium conference, as well as that year's IPS conference. At each conference, GOTO asked planetariums what they did and didn't want in a new projector system for 8-12 meter domes. And, in the true spirit of cooperation with planetarium vendors (helped along perhaps by hospitality suite sponsorship by GOTO and Ash Enterprises) U.S. planetarians gave us their best ideas. Those ideas are now being put into the final design work for a new projector at GOTO, and will first be seen by the rest of the world in a U.S. installation in April of 2002.
DESIGNING AND IMPLEMENTING AN INTERNET ASTRONOMY COURSE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS Perkins, Matthew 2001 Abstract: Internet education is a concept in its infancy. While some consider the term an oxymoron, others continue to fear its potential to replace the classroom teacher and revolutionize education. I overcame my initial skepticism after meeting Mr. Allan Jordan, principal of the Cumberland County WebAcademy in Fayetteville, NC. After several discussions, I excitedly accepted the opportunity to work with his staff to develop and implement a high school astronomy course to be taught via the Internet.
SPREAD THE WORD: INCREASING ATTENDANCE AND/OR REVENUE Potter, Jeffery S. 2001 Abstract: Ritter Planetarium is about to close out its best year ever in overall gate revenue and attendance. This paper will discuss the simple yet effective methods we have been using to help make this possible.
IPS PORTABLE PLANETARIUM COMMITTEE UPDATE, OR HOW TO GET A FREE TRIP TO ITALY Reynolds Button, Susan 2001 Abstract: IPS promotes international connections among all planetarians including "mini-dome" users. Since 1995, six American Starlab planetarians have been able to experience an exciting trip to Italy. They have shared their knowledge and have gained from being able to experience Italian life. You can compete for this opportunity to win a free trip too!
BUILDING A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR LOCAL ASTRONOMY CLUB Sandras, Michael D. 2001 Abstract: How a planetarium and a local astronomy club can co-exist and benefit one another. This paper will deal heavily on the Astronomy Society's efforts at the Daily Living Science Center.
JAPANESE PLANETARIUM PROGRAMMING-A QUICK REPORT Shanahan, Mike 2001 Abstract: The Bishop Museum Planetarium in Honolulu, Hawaii has been working closely with Goto Optical Mfg. Co. in adapting the "Explorers" programs for the Japanese market. The first Explorers show (on Polynesian navigation, space travel and connections between the two) debuted in Japan in late 1999, and has played in a number of Japanese domes over the last 18 months. "Explorers of Mauna Kea" will open in Japan in January of 2002.
MEDIA SPONSORS: ADVERTISING $$$ FOR YOUR DOME Slisher, Todd K. 2001 Abstract: Many Planetarium facilities run both public and school programs. However, unlike school audiences which can be marketed to by a flyer or facility educator guide to programs, public programs require some form of advertising to let your audience know about your latest and greatest program. However, most forms of advertising to the public are quite expensive, and many are beyond the budgetary means of Planetaria. In this paper, we look at some effective techniques for obtaining Media Sponsors for programs.
EYES ON THE SKY Smith, Dale W. 2001 Abstract: A sampler of live, participatory school programs for many ages. Most of these emphasize a connection between the planetarium sky and the real sky and require only a star projector and simple supplies to run.
SIX CONTINENTS OF PLANETARIUMS Smith, Dale W. 2001 Abstract: Planetariums are found worldwide and during my recent term as IPS president, I visited domes on all six inhabited continents. This talk describes a selection of these planetariums.
HELP HUBBLE HELP YOU Stoke, John M. 2001 Abstract: An overview of planetarium-specific services from the Public Outreach office of the Space Telescope Science Institute, and an opportunity to influence where we go next.
THE LOST TOOLS OF LEARNING AND THE PLANETARIUM Stoke, John M. 2001 Abstract: This was, first and foremost, a relatively casual after-dinner talk. It was meant to keep delegates awake after a large meal, to provide some stimulating "raw material" for discussion in the Hospitality Suite (and perhaps beyond), and to inspire planetarians to rededicate themselves to the great mission of education. As a topic, I chose education itself, what it is and should be and how planetarians can contribute to its revitalization. Although this talk was intended primarily to be heard live, as spoken and inflected by me, perhaps a written record of it will be of some value to the conference delegates who were there and wish to recall one or two things that I said.
POSITIVE DOME REGISTRATION SYSTEM Tomlinson, Gary 2001 Abstract: Using LEDs that fit through the holes in the dome creates an easy to use, permanent registration system for slide and video projectors. It also makes a good light show effect.
38-80 AND COUNTING Tuttle, Don 2001 Abstract: In my semi-retirement, I have fallen into a new hobby-one that I find is very helpful in teaching astronomy. It doesn't replace the planetarium but augments it, and, like the planetarium, it catches the students' attention. While having that attention, it is easier to present what I want the student to know. That hobby is revealed and discussed in the paper presentation.
JANUARY THROUGH JUNE 2002: A BONANZA FOR PLANET-WATCHERS Victor, Robert C. ; Batch, D. David 2001 Abstract: A brief planetarium demonstration and preview of evening planet visibility in the first half of 2002, including the spectacular convergence of five planets in the west at dusk in April-May. We hope planetarians and other astronomy educators will spread the word in advance of this very observable gathering!
PERCEPTION: THE CARA WINTER INSTITUTE 2000 Whitt, April 2001 Abstract: If astronomy is a "what you see is what you get" science, how can we introduce students to what you can't see? Inner city high school students at snow-covered Yerkes Observatory explored the unseen universe last December.
SRI LANKAN SKIES & SIR ARTHUR: 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY Whitt, April 2001 Abstract: Thirty five delegates from around the world gathered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in March 2001. From tourist sites to the incredible students and teachers, each of us came away richer in spirit. And we met Sir Arthur in person!
THE DRAGON ATE WHAT? IMPROVING GIRL SCOUTS' APPRECIATION OF ASTRONOMY Whitt, April ; Adams, Mitzi 2001 Abstract: Solar physicist Mitzi Adams convinced us to propose a NASA IDEAS project for Girl Scouts to observe the solar eclipse of June 2001. About fifty scouts and leaders participated in an overnight program at Fernbank. Scout groups gathered at other sites in the southeast as well. Here is Fernbank's report.