Planetariums as Conduits
to NASA’s Target Audience
24 planetarium educators from across the nation and 12 NASA educators
from multiple NASA centers.
NASA Glenn Research Center in
January 27-28, 2005
Goals & Objectives:
strategies on how NASA and planetariums can help each other achieve their
respective goals to increase understanding of and interest in earth & space
science, and technology.
NASA and the planetarium
community each have much to learn about what the other offers and of the
constraints in which each operates.
NASA and the planetarium
community have existing infrastructures, capabilities, and programs in place
that, conjoined, can greatly amplify the impact on our common, targeted
Effective, ongoing communication
in a variety of forms and channels between NASA and the planetarium community
would significantly advance the goals of both parties.
The focus group participants identified the
strengths and potentials of NASA and of the planetarium community; generated
seven strategies by which NASA and the planetarium community could advance their
respective missions; and collectively prioritized future joint actions.
The top four strategies are:
Jointly draft a roadmap to develop annual
themed programs based on NASA missions, astronomical & space events, or
Establish a liaison or single-point-of-contact method for
Combine features of NASA Explorers Schools and Solar System Ambassador
Programs into a planetarium-specific program;
Engage formal educators for the development and implementation of pre-
and post-visit materials.
So many noteworthy ideas were generated within subgroups that the merits
of each could not be fully conveyed to the larger group in such a short time.
Many of the notions raised in brainstorming sessions are smaller actions,
yet these valuable ideas would yield favorable results with minimal (if any)
investment. We encourage NASA
reviewers to peruse the suggestions that were not developed fully.
For a list of the focus group managing team, all participants, all strategy
details, all ideas generated, and the Final Report, please see our website at:
Planetariums are on the front line
of astronomy education in their respective communities;
The educational goals of
planetariums dovetail intimately with NASA’s educational goals;
The planetarium community has an
organized structure for implementing astronomy education programs;
Planetariums are often a first stop
for local media seeking information on astronomy news;
Planetarians have a passion for
A NASA/Planetarium relationship is
symbiotic to the benefit of both parties.
The planetarium community has
already drafted a course of action in the focus group Planetarians
as Conduits to NASA’s Target Audience.
It is What it Could Be
by Patty Seaton (1/16/05)
A website with lessons
When new probes are launching,
We link to the website
Yet then there are workshops,
Re-enact Venus Transits
Poems with pictures
You have the knowledge;
(Sung to the tune of “On Wisconsin”)
Courtesy of Gary Sampson
Onward NASA, onward NASA
Need some dollars, Congress hollers,
Domes are out there, domes are out there,
Now let’s do it, now let’s do it,
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