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NASA Explorer Institutes Focus Group

Planetariums as Conduits
to NASA's Target Audiences


A Two Day Focus Group on How NASA and Planetariums Can Help Each Other Achieve Their Respective Educational Goals

The Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA) conducted a two-day focus group consisting of small and mid-sized planetarium educators and NASA staff.  The meeting's objective were be to generate strategies on how NASA and small- to mid-sized planetariums can help each other achieve their respective goals to increase understanding of and interest in earth science, space science, and technology.  GLPA invited participants from regional planetarium associations across the nation, from  NASA regional centers representing all sciences and technologies, and from other relevant parties who could further the focus group objectives.  Liz Monroe-Cook facilitated the focus group sessions.  As results are compiled they will be posted to this website.  Thank you for participating in this event.

Note: NASA announces grant opportunities based on Focus Group results:

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The Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA) hosted the Focus Group on behalf of the United States planetarium community.

NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH, hosted focus group meetings on Thursday and Friday, January 27-28, 2005.  

After the focus group, some participants visited the Zero-G Facility from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 28.

After the focus group, some participants visited the 10 X 10 Supersonic Wind Tunnel from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 28,
On Wednesday, January 16, at 3:30 p.m., early-arriving attendees toured  the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, then met with President Terry Stewart.;jsessionid=HT2CVUGVPVXLCCSGBIU2VCQKIYFC3UUC?ctyhocn=CLEAHGI
Most participants stayed adjacent to the NASA Glenn Research Center at the Hilton Garden Inn, Cleveland, Ohio.

Participants dined as a group on Thursday evening at the Saucy Bistro restaurant in Westlake, Ohio. Dinner was followed by an optional dessert reception at the nearby home of Dr. Jeanne Bishop.

Rooftop view--artist's conception

Thank you for contributing to the NASA Explorers Institute Focus Group Planetariums as Conduits to NASA's Target Audiences.

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