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Pre-Conference Workshops

GLIPSA: Workshop on Live, Interactive Programming
Karrie Berglund

Tuesday, approximately 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Limit: 40 participants — Cost: $45

This all day workshop focuses on skills and content for anyone who does live, interactive planetarium programs (or wants to start doing them). GLIPSA is designed to provide a taste of what happens at the annual, multi-day Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium (LIPS). As with the full LIPS, all sessions at GLIPSA are interactive, and they are applicable to all dome types--fixed or portable, digital or analog, in any type of setting. Sessions can include performance skills, questioning strategies, ideas for incorporating audience feedback, and more. The price of the workshop includes a morning break, lunch, and transportation both ways.

Workshop: Create Your Own Laser Show in Pangolin Quickshow
Bill McClain, Jacob Karsten

Workshop session Tuesday Oct 18, 3:30 p.m.
1.5 hours, Limit: 20 — Cost: N/A

In a short 90 minutes, you will create your own exciting laser show using Pangolin Quickshow, the world's easiest laser show production software. You will need to bring your own headphones and a laptop computer. The computer must include: 4GB of RAM or more, Intel graphics card HD 4000 or better, Windows 7 (32 or 64 Bit or higher), 45.5 GB free disk space, Free USB port for the FB3 dongle. Transportation from the hotel to the Buffalo State campus will be provided for this workshop. Attendees MUST be ready to depart the hotel at 3:00 p.m. sharp to catch the laser bus.

Conference Workshops


Workshop: Ash Users Group
Ben Ponce, Eric Melenbrink, Jon Elvert

Workshop session Saturday Oct 22, 9:00 a.m.
45 minutes, Limit: 15 — Cost: N/A

For those who work with Spitz instruments and present live shows, this workshop is an overview of the functionality of our Ash Graphical User Interface (GUI) for remotely operating motions on the Spitz projector, cover lighting systems, special effects, as well as digital projectors. Using an iPad, participants will learn to interact with a GUI, how the GUI is used to assist in presenting live shows, and how our current users are utilizing it in their theaters.

Panel Discussion: Inclusion and Outreach Town Hall Discussion
Keith Davis

Workshop session Saturday Oct 22, 9:00 a.m.
1.5 hours, Limit: N/A — Cost: N/A

As of the spring equinox of 2022, the Great Lakes Planetarium Association Executive Board has a new Inclusion and Outreach position. The Inclusion and Outreach position is a statement of GLPA's commitment to a present and a future where everyone can fully contribute to and benefit from the planetarium community, and to making sure the planetarium world knows about the work of our wonderful members. In this panel, the new Inclusion and Outreach Officer will introduce his vision for the new position, describe the efforts already underway, introduce the newly formed Inclusion and Outreach committee, and dialog with the GLPA members about the future of this committee.

Workshop: Asking the Right Questions? How to Maximize Your Audience Engagement
Sara Schultz, Karrie Berglund

Workshop session Saturday Oct 22, 9:00 a.m.
1.5 hours, Limit: 60 — Cost: N/A

The very easiest way to increase your audience engagement is to ask questions. There are several different types of questions, and sometimes it makes sense to use a particular type of question for certain situations. We will explore question types, discuss ideas for when and how to use these types, and finally practice questioning strategies.

Workshop: Adobe Illustrator Basics and its uses in the Dome
Jackie Baughman

Workshop session Saturday Oct 22, 9:45 a.m.
45 minutes, Limit: 20 — Cost: N/A

In this workshop, you will learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator, and how to use it to make things for your planetarium, such as custom star charts, and moon phase diagrams. Please bring your own laptop and have Adobe Illustrator installed beforehand. I will be using Illustrator version CS6, but any version of Adobe Illustrator will work. Also, bring a USB drive to copy files we will be using in the workshop.

Special Interest Groups (SIG's)


  • Technology (leader: Waylena McCully & Steve Burkland) — The focus of the Technology Group is to examine various types of technology and software and how they impact or assist planetarians.
  • Education (leader: Peggy Hernandez) — The focus of the Education Group is to examine educational and curriculum trends and how they impact planetarians.
  • Climate Change (leader: Shawn Laatsch) — This is a continuation of the discussion from GLPA 2021 regarding presenting climate change in our domes, and working on GLPA action statement.
  • VR Planetariums (leader: John Winckowski) — We will discuss the overall feasibility of a VR planetarium, any experiences people have with it, and any other details related to the subject.