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Pre-conference Workshop

GLIPSA: Workshop on Live, Interactive Programming
Karrie Berglund (organizer)

Wednesday, approximately 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Limit: 40 participants — Cost: $30

This all day workshop is intended to give GLPA attendees a sense of what happens at the annual Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium (LIPS). LIPS is a multi-day gathering that focuses on all facets of live programming: presentation skills, sample activities, etc. As with LIPS, ideas and content presented at GLIPSA are intended to apply to everyone who does live shows, no matter whether those shows are in a portable dome or fixed, with a digital system or starball. GLIPSA is open to anyone registered to attend GLPA; there are 40 slots available, which will be filled on a first come, first served basis. The price of the workshop includes lunch.

Conference Workshops


Short Course: Cosmic Cookbook
Charissa Sedor and Mike Hennessy

Workshop session 1 (3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.) or Workshop session 2 (4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
45 minutes, Limit: 30 — Cost: Free

Come play with us! Join Buhl Planetarium educators Mike Hennessy and Charissa Sedor for an interactive planetarium theater workshop.

Our Cosmic Cookbook is a trio of free, customizable planetarium shows. Resources include a script, educator guide, planetarium digital media, full dome content, and instructional videos with science content and theatric tips and tricks. You may duplicate the shows, or season to taste--taking ingredients from our Cosmic Cookbook to pepper into your own unique presentation!

Get a taste of our first Cosmic Cookbook show Expedition: Solar System and join us to brainstorm how you could adapt this free program for your own venue!

Expedition: Solar System is a live, theatric planetarium program for elementary school students. A live presenter plays the role of an energetic captain, bantering with a loveable robot sidekick who appears in video form. Students launch into Earth orbit aboard the Atlas V, soar over the canyons of Mars, plunge into the subterranean ocean of Saturn's ice moon Enceladus, go prospecting for gold on the metallic asteroid Psyche, and more! Along the way, students learn about the fleet of NASA robots expanding our knowledge throughout the Solar System!

Finally, join us in brainstorming and workshopping for the next installment of the Cosmic Cookbook, Mission to Planet Earth, which will be available in 2022.

Our Cosmic Cookbook is made possible with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Sponsor Workshop: Ash Enterprises User's Group
Ben Ponce (with Jon Elvert and Eric Melenbrink)

Workshop session 1 (3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.)
45 minutes, Limit: 20 — Cost: Free

Users workshop for Ash Customers and interested delegates. Participants will share and learn how to create content for Warped Media, OM projector questions, presentation skills in using WM, new innovations, and hear updates from our partners.

Short Course: What's Perseverance Without a Little Ingenuity
Ken Brandt

Workshop session 2 (4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
45 minutes, Limit: 50 — Cost: Free

Ken will provide the latest news from those plucky robots exploring Mars and will provide information about good visuals for the dome. Participants should bring a laptop and a storage device for up to 1 TB of media files.

Panel Discussion: Planetarium Pedagogy in a Virtual World
Michael McConville (with Paulette Epstein, Mary Holt, Anna Green, Charissa Sedor)

Workshop session 2 (4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
45 minutes — Cost: Free

While many planetariums successfully pivoted to virtual teaching and outreach during the pandemic, facility re-openings have raised new questions on the future of online planetarium teaching. This panel will discuss what the future of planetarium pedagogy might look like — virtual and in-person teaching, international collaborations, and more.


Short Course: Alternative Arts Programming in Planetariums
Kate McCallum and Ed Lantz

Workshop session 3 & 4 (10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
90 minutes, Limit: 20 — Cost: Free

Ed Lantz, MEE and Immersive Media Designer, and CEO of Vortex Immersion Media spent 20 years in the planetarium space working with Spitz and the Coco Beach Planetarium. He left Spitz to launch Vortex in an effort to create arts and cultural full-dome theaters and experiences. Kate McCallum spent 20 years in the studios at Paramount and Universal working in film and television and joined Ed to produce content in the full-dome space, including at the Vortex Dome which Ed invested in and ran for 10 years at a studio in LA. Learn about their experiences creating content and distributing content and programming that has successfully helped planetariums and sciences attract audiences and new ways to engage your community through alternative evening and weekend presentations.

Panel Discussion: Teaching Global Climate Change Solutions
Geoff Holt (with Chris Janssen, Ryan Wyatt, Jim Sweitzer, Julietta Aguilera and Bob Bonadurer)

Workshop session 3 & 4 (10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
90 minutes, Limit: 40 — Cost: Free

Panelists will share their experiences from the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training, including aspects of climate change that they were surprised by. Participants will brainstorm a list of what planetarians need to help the public engage in this subject.

Special Interest Groups (SIG's)

  • Technology (leader: John Foerch) — The focus of the Technology Group is to examine various types of technology and software and how they impact or assist planetarians.
  • Uniview Users' Group (leaders: Volkmar Schorcht & Martin Kraus / Carl Zeiss, Jena GmbH) — A gathering of Uniview users at the GLPA Conference to share latest news and developments.
  • Education (leader: Peggy Hernandez) — The focus of the Education Group is to examine educational and curriculum trends and how they impact planetarians.
  • Planetarians for the Planet (leaders: Geoff Holt, Bob Bonadurer, and Shawn Laatsch) — Planetarians know that climate change is an important issue and that we could be in a good position to have an impact. What do you need to help you teach about climate change? Bring your needs.