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The Pacific Planetarium Association is a non-profit organization with members mostly from planetariums in the western states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington.

Watch & hear recordings of Planetarians' Web Seminars.

Upcoming PPA events:

  • 2019 March 29, 3:30 pm PST (23:30 UT) Planetarians' Web Seminar. Topic: Getting Started with Educational Research in the Planetarium. Presenter: Dr. Julia D. Plummer, Associate Professor of Science Education at Penn State, engaged in research on the design of learning environments that support children's spatial thinking and science practices in the domain of astronomy. The seminar will include a presentation and discussion about some of basic steps for designing and implementing educational research in the planetarium. Using examples from Julia's own planetarium education research studies, she will discuss the importance of using research literature to define and justify research questions. She’ll discuss the relationship between research questions and the specifics of your research methods, such how to plan for data collection, how many participants to include, and whether you should include a control group. We’ll consider the strengths and weaknesses of different research methods, such as comparing multiple-choice questions to open-ended response methods. For instructions on how to join in the seminar, see http://www.ppadomes.org/events/zoom-seminars.

  • 2019 July 31- Aug 3: Western Alliance Conference (WAC) in Omaha, NE. The Conference website is live and accepting reservations as well as papers. - https://www.rollingbluffsplanetarium.com/western-alliance-conference-2019 
Planetarians' Web Seminars are usually on the last Friday of the month at 
3:30 pm Pacific time, 4:30 pm Mountain, 5:30 pm Central, 6:30 Eastern.

You can find the web sites of other planetarium regionals on
the Affiliates page of the International Planetarium Society website

For questions about this site email Alan Gould <adgould[at]comcast.net>