Webinar Archive

Planetarians' Webinars (via Zoom) are usually on the last Friday of the month.

All recordings of the webinars are uploaded to the PPA Youtube channel.

For upcoming webinars, please see the PZS schedule; and for instructions on how to join in a seminar, see the PZS Connection page.

Webinar Recordings:


    • 26 June 2020. VJ-ing with NestDrop in the Dome, Jason Fletcher, Associate Producer and 3D animator at the Charles Hayden Planetarium, Museum of Science, Boston. Take your evening music shows to the next level with dome visuals which react to the music. Learn how to get NestDrop visuals running on your dome system. Gain access to our custom VJ software and library of 9,800 of curated presets. Learn about the Spout realtime video sharing framework. Experiment with VJ-ing in the dome. Presentation and Q&A together. [See better resolution diagrams that Jason showed: CaptureServer, DigistarOption1, DigistarOption2, NestMap, Recording4k.]
  • 29 May 2020. NASA Working For You: the Museum Alliance, Jeffrey Nee, Informal Education Specialist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Have your own dedicated help line for all things NASA, space exploration, and STEAM education. The NASA Museum Alliance supports museums and planetariums around the world with professional development, custom resources, and personalized assistance with planetarium shows as well as interactive dome curriculum. Connection to this recording is through NASA. You must be a member of the NASA Museum Alliance (free) to sign in and access the recording. You can sign up for an account here: https://informal.jpl.nasa.gov/museum/About
    • 24 April 2020 Planetarians' Webinar was a workshop:
    • What makes a successful live interactive planetarium program? led by Karrie Berglund. 3 videos: Intro (5:49) https://youtu.be/wyiNmSV4YHo;
    • Discussion 1 (16:30) https://youtu.be/pDt6kUtH-pM; Discussion 2 (32:18) https://youtu.be/vRDA0Oe15VU
    • We've all attended live interactive planetarium presentations that were so enjoyable we wish they would never end. On the flip side are those programs that seem to drag on and on and on. In this LIPS-style workshop, we worked in small and large groups to identify qualities of successful and unsuccessful interactive planetarium programs. Karrie Berglund is Chief LIPS (Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium) Instigator and Director of Education for Digitalis. Download Karrie's notes from the Discussion Groups.
    • 27 March 2020. Big Astronomy: (Nearly) Free Show and Great Resources. Renae Kerrigan (Planetarium Director at Peoria Riverfront Museum), Shannon Schmoll (Planetarium Director at Abrams Planetarium), Tiffany Wolbrecht (Planetarium Lecturer at Ward Beecher Planetarium). Big Astronomy is a NSF funded project to explore the Dome+ model – a planetarium show distributed for a minimal fee in both English and Spanish along with a website that hosts resources and live programs to extend learning beyond the dome. Research on the effectiveness of this method will be carried out by Michigan State University. Learn more about the project and the resources that will be available to your planetarium in this presentation. Presentation - | - Q&A
    • 28 February 2020. NITARP: Astronomy Research Experience for Astronomy Educators. Dr. Luisa Rebull (NITARP Director, Caltech, Pasadena, California) and Geoff Holt (Planetarium Director, Madison Metropolitan School District Planetarium, Madison, Wisconsin. NITARP (NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program) gives educators first-hand experience doing authentic astronomy research. Planetarians who have participated described it as an amazing professional development experience that has had major impacts on their teaching. Luisa Rebull gave an overview of the program with details on when and how to apply; and Geoff Holt shares his experience participating on a NITARP research team in 2019. Presentation - | - Q&A.
    • 31 January2020. Perceived Education and Entertainment Value in Live and Pre-recorded Planetarium Programs. Emily Peavy, Planetarium Technician and Support Facilitator, Imiloa Astronomy Center, Hilo Hawai`i. It is an age-old (albeit confounding) debate about the relative merits of live and pre-recorded programs. Throw in contrasting views about education versus entertainment goals under the dome and you may have thoroughly confounded the discussion. In this seminar, Emily Peavy casts some light and clarity on the issues in telling about a research project that she described in the latest issue of the Planetarian. Presentation -|- Q&A.


    • [The Nov 2019 PZS was an informal "coffee break" mostly for PPA members—not recorded]
    • 2019 October 25. Showing recent satellite imagery in your dome. Marc Horat, Planetarium director, Swiss Museum of Transport, Lucerne, Switzerland. How to get and use data and imagery from NOAA for a show with live presentation, expanding usual topics to include a focus on Earth (weather patterns, hurricanes, sea ice, climate change). Audiences are pleasantly surprised, not expecting a planetarium to be able to show such imagery/data that were available only days or even minutes ago. Learn about workflows and experiences for finding the data, processing it and presenting it in a planetarium. Presentation -|- Q&A.
    • 2019 August 30. Planetarium Educators Workshop 3Organizational Patterns, examining and brainstorming the many different ways in which you can organize planetarium experiences for your audiences. Module 3 of Planetarium Educator's Workshops. Workshop video.
    • 2019 June 28, Planetarians' Webinar: Use Music in Your Planetarium...Legally. Chris Reed. Many planetarians ignore the copyright issues surrounding the use of commercially available music in the planetarium, while others, fearing the unknown, simply avoid using music in their productions. Still others believe, erroneously, that so long as a facility is covered by licenses from the likes of ASCAP or BMI, they are free to use music in their shows. Expert knowledge and questions answered in this webinar. Presentation -|- Q&A.
    • 2019 May 31, Planetarians' Webinar: Planetarium Educator’s Workshop - Part 2 (of 9): A Framework for Examining Planetarium Programs. Facilitator: Alan Gould, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley. Based on Planetarium Educator's Workshop Guide, this part involves a lively discussion about the kinds of programs participants would like to present, taking into account three key factors: the audience, the topic, and the presenter. Workshop video. Chat.
    • 2019 April 26, Planetarium Educator’s Workshop - Part 1 (of 9): Communication. Facilitator: Alan Gould, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley. Based on Planetarium Educator's Workshop Guide (http://www.planetarium-activities.org/planetarium-educators-workshop-guide) this part is about the significance and value of audience interaction with planetarium presenters. This was the first time such a workshop has been attempted online in videoconference mode with significant use of the chat function. Workshop video (1:05:00)
    • 2019 March 29, Getting Started with Educational Research in the Planetarium. 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. Presentation and discussion on designing and implementing educational research in the planetarium including the importance of using research literature, the relationship between research questions and the specifics of your research methods (data collection, how many participants to include, whether to include a control group), and the strengths and weaknesses of different research methods (e.g comparing multiple-choice questions to open-ended response methods). Seminar -|- Q&A.
    • 2019 Feb 22, Bridging Citizen Science and working-class neighborhoods. Rosalía Lugo, M.Ed; Program Manager Adler Planetarium. ...empowering people of all ages to participate and make an impact on real science research. Presentation -|- Q&A.
    • 2019 Jan 25. Active Learning in a planetarium - for 100 students at a time! Dr. Douglas Duncan, Director, Fiske Planetarium 2002-2018, Dept. of Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences, University of Colorado. Presentation -|- Q&A.


    • 2018 Nov 30. Volcanism in the Inner Solar System. Justin Filiberto, Staff Scientist, Lunar & Planetary Institute. Presentation -|- Q&A.
    • 2018 Oct 26. New Views of Lunar Volcanism from Orbit. Dr. Julie D. Stopar, Staff Scientist, Lunar & Planetary Institute. Presentation -|- Q&A.
    • 2018 Aug 31. Public Relations & The Planetarium. Michael McConville, Spitz, Inc., Chadds Ford, PA. Presentation -|- Q&A.
    • 2018 July 27. Creating a New Live Planetarium Show on Polar Science. Dave Cuomo, Pacific Science Center, Seattle. Presentation -|- Q&A.
    • 2018 May 25. Developing and Implementing NGSS-aligned, Live, Interactive School Shows. Mary Holt, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco. Presentation -|- Q&A.
    • 2018 Apr 27. The IPS Data to Dome Initiative. Mark Subbarao, Adler Planetarium, Chicago, Illinois. Presentation -|- Q&A.
    • 2018 Mar 30. What Is Viz? Ryan Wyatt, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco. Presentation -|- Q&A.
    • 2018 Feb 23. Educational Research on Teaching Seasons in a Digital Planetarium. Ka Chun Yu, Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Presentation -|- Q&A.

Image of M16, by G. Reagan HOU TRA,

Tzec Maun Observatory, 2009.

M16 image by Glenn Reagan