2016 Workshops, Panel Discussions, & Short Courses


October 19-22 in Flint, Michigan  

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Pre-conference Workshop

GLIPSA: Workshop on Live, Interactive Programming
Karrie Berglund (Organizer)
Wednesday approximately 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. Limit: 40 participants. Cost: $25
Workshop program: GLIPSA Program
Workshop schedule: GLIPSA Schedule

The Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium (LIPS) is an annual multi-day gathering that focuses on all facets of live programming: Presentation skills, sample activities, etc. GLIPSA will be one day of LIPS-style programming open to anyone whether registered for the conference or not. Ideas and content presented will apply to everyone who does live shows, no matter whether those shows are in a portable dome or fixed, with a digital system or star-ball.


Conference Workshops, Panel Discussions, & Short Courses

Ten Months and Counting – ECLIPSE (Workshop)
Ken Miller
Thursday 4:30–5:15 (45 minutes). Limit: 45 Cost: Free

Ken Miller, “Host” of the 1991 eclipse in Hawaii, will relate what worked well in the months and days leading up to the eclipse. Learn what you can do regarding eye safety, moon education, and “making hay while the sun don't shine” or marketing your planetarium as an essential community resource. And make a few bucks for your institution along the way.


Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in the Dome (Workshop)
Karrie Berglund
Thursday 4:30–5:15 (45 minutes). Limit: 30 Cost: Free

This workshop will provide an overview of NGSS, including its history, adoption by various states, and design rationale. After the introduction and overview, participants will work in small groups to design a planetarium activity targeting one or more NGSS. The activities will be shared with the larger group orally during the session and afterward via email.


Astronomy in the Stratosphere (Workshop)
April Whitt
Thursday 3:45–4:30 (45 minutes). Limit: 60 Cost: Free

NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) allows teachers to fly with observers, studying IR sources. This workshop takes an overview of the flights, shares materials that teachers have developed, and provides participants with resources for teaching in the classroom or planetarium.


FULL - Current Issues in the History of Astronomy (Short Course) - FULL
Stephen Case
Thursday 2:30–3:15 (45 minutes). Limit: Seating Capacity Cost: Free

Similar to the annual “Astronomy Update” approach, this short course will give an introduction and overview to some of the current issues and topics in the field of the history of astronomy, including recent work on the history of the intelligent life debate, the Copernican Revolution, and the development of stellar astronomy. In particular, this course will provide resources for astronomy educators interested in learning more about the history of astronomy in order to contextualize and nuance common perceptions regarding the historical interactions of science and religion and the narrative of the Copernican Revolution.


Flip Your Dome (Workshop)
Susan Button
Thursday 2:30–3:15 (45 minutes). Limit: Seating Capacity Cost: Free

I know what you are thinking, I represent portable domes and this is a term we frequently use, especially if a fire marshal asks us to demonstrate a second method of egress! Well, that is not what this workshop is all about. We’ll explore a way to turn things upside down, to refresh lessons for you and your students. You can set up unique scenarios that challenge students to be more observant, solve problems and demonstrate that they have a real working knowledge of the topic you are teaching.


Digging for Dark Matter (Workshop)
Randall H. Landsberg, Prof. Luca Grandi, Norea Wengerski, Ashlea Monti, Mark SubbaRao
Thursday 3:45–4:30 [Part1] and 4:30–5:15 [Part 2] (90 Minutes). Limit: Seating Capacity Cost: Free

The vast majority of our universe is not ordinary matter. The atoms and molecules that we love and are familiar with only account for about 5% of the cosmos. This workshop will delve into details of how experimentalists are trying to directly detect dark matter, the invisible and elusive stuff that is five times as abundant as ordinary matter. Together, we will discuss and explore what we know about this mysterious substance: How do we know it exists? Why haven’t we “seen” it yet? And how you can engage your audiences in this exploration of the “dark side” of the cosmos? Finally, a substantial part of the workshop will be a break-out session to sketch out dark matter ideas for your home institution and to receive feedback from experts who are conducting research, and incorporating dark matter into the planetarium and high school curriculum.


NGSS Aligned Lessons in the Planetarium (Panel Discussion)
Peggy Hernandez & Panel
Thursday 3:45–4:30 (45 Minutes). Limit: Seating Capacity Cost: Free

Has your state adopted (or is it considering adopting) the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? Participants will hear from planetarians on the panel who have been involved since the frameworks were released. The panelists will share experiences with aligning specific grade level lessons to the NGSS and working with teachers to keep the planetarium experience valuable and powerful for school groups. Be prepared to share and ask questions.


NSF Broader Impact Funds, Faculty Career Grants, and Related Funding Opportunities (Panel Discussion)
Matt Linke, Dan Tell
Thursday 2:30–3:15 (45 Minutes). Limit: 30 Cost: Free

University and college faculty who receive NSF grants muse include Broader Impact Funds to explain to the public what they are doing with the money. Junior faculty also have Career Grant options to help them highlight their work. These funds usually result in programs, demonstrations, lectures, exhibits and the like. In a dome, they might result in full-dome content. Learn about some examples of these projects, and how your institution might partner with researchers to help you fund useable content.


Open Source in Action (Short Course)
Waylena McCulley
Thursday 3:45–4:30 (45 Minutes). Limit: 20 Cost: Free

Learn about using multiple open source graphics programs together on projects. A sample workflow will be demonstrated using various open source graphics programs. We’ll have discussion and Q & A along the way. Handouts showing the steps will be provided for later review and reference. Software is available for both Mac and PC. Techniques demonstrated can be used for both full-dome and flat video as well as for single images to be used for print, projection or web.