VU Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Friday, October 2, 2009. Join us in NSC 231 at 3:05 for refreshments. Talks start at 3:20 in NSC 224.

Astronomy and Eductation

Dr. David Bradstreet, Eastern University, Department of Astronomy and Physics

Astronomy education received a huge boost from the Space Program in the 1960's and early 1970's as evidenced by a large increase in school planetariums built all over the country at that time.  But with the waning of manned explorations so also went the push for astronomy in the schools, and many school planetariums are currently either underutilized or not used at all.  A new age of planetarium education is dawning with the onset of affordable and exquisitely capable digital planetariums which increase the usefulness of these exciting installations.  This presentation will emphasize some of the new curriculum that has been developed specifically for the Spitz SciDome digital planetarium. teaching astronomical concepts in new and exciting ways.  A new planetarium age is upon us!