PPA Mini Grant Guidelines
PPA Mini Grant Requirements
The 2022 Mini Grant recipients:
John Erickson, The Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, CA: Design and produce battery powered pointers and illuminated clipboards with variable brightness and usb recharging. Designs will be published for use by any planetarium.
Emily Peavy,ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi, Hilo HI: Create and support planetarium content in a collaborative effort entitled A Hua He Inoa (to call forth a name) that weaves traditional indigenous practices into the process of officially naming astronomical discoveries.
Levanah Jen Lauxman Lutin, Space Travel Dome and Orion Planetarium, Jacksonville FL: Working with the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, use a swell form machine / thermal paper fuser to create raised touchable images and diagrams to teach astronomy to blind and visually impaired. Possible projects include raised touch diagrams, braille, 3D printed night skies, the “smells” of space as developed for NASA, sonification of astronomical images, sounds of transmissions from various objects.
The 2021 Mini Grant recipients:
The 2020 Mini Grant recipients:
Aaron Slonecker - Thomas Planetarium/Anchorage Museum - Anchorage, AK — Student memberships in an online astronomy club, using Slooh to operate remote telescopes while learning about astronomical objects and concepts within a supportive community.
Alice Few and Hillary Stephens - Pierce College Science Dome - Lakewood, WA — New program for elementary and middle school students working in teams to research, develop, and design a sustainable 3D habitat on either the Moon or Mars.
Eric Edelman - Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium - Prescott, AZ — Purchase of supplies for free virtual demonstrations and activities to K-12 students.
Erin Steinert - Bechtel National Planetarium/Columbia Basin College - Pasco, WA — Development of Covid-safe lobby displays that engage visitors' minds but are “hands-off.”
Luis Trumper - Planetario Digital Carl Sagan - Paraná, Entre Rios, Argentina — Investment in resources to facilitate online teaching during school closures.
Nico Van der Merwe - Sutherland Planetarium - Sutherland, South Africa — Upgraded equipment to create and share planetarium content featuring southern skies.
Noel Hensley - Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium/University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ — Funding of tools for university students to create digital resources supporting K-12 students.
Patty Seaton - Howard B. Owens Science Center - Lanham, MD — Creation of an interactive program around a cultural story featuring a live actor (in collaboration with fellow planetarian Elizabeth Bracey of the Franklin Park Arts center in Purcellville, VA).
Richard Nolthenius - Cabrillo College Planetarium - Aptos, CA — Planetarium modernization to allow for new content and an improved experience.
Shimonee Kadakia - El Camino College - Torrance, CA — Additional equipment for use in presentations; outdoors during Covid and indoors later on.