Spitz Institute 2021

SciDome Presentation and Production Training - Chadds Ford, PA

Save the Dates!

July 20 – 23: Comprehensive

For new SciDome users/educators, and those who would like to brush up on their overall skills, and teaching with the Spitz Fulldome Curriculum.

July 26 – 29: Intermediate/Advanced

For more experienced users who’ve got the basics down, but want to delve deeper into the capabilities of SciDome.

COVID-19 Contingency Plan

We’re keeping a close eye on vaccination rollout and Pennsylvania public health guidelines, and we’ll revert to a virtual-only event within the same set of dates if it looks like that’s necessary to keep people safe. We’ll make that determination this Spring and announce it here.

SciDome users current and future, please join us in Summer 2021 for Spitz Institute, our annual training and skills development event.

Spitz Institute is divided into two sessions, with fundamental SciDome topics covered during the first session and more advanced concepts in the second. Attend one session or both, depending on your needs.

We’ll explore planetarium education, with a focus on fulldome digital presentation for science learning. Courses cover curriculum and realtime planetarium demonstration for teaching, including a comprehensive introduction to Starry Night software.

We’ll also explore production, digital audio, graphics, photography, and automation skills needed to create state-of-the-art educational programs. We look forward to seeing you at the Institute.

I’ve attended science conferences for 30 years and Spitz Institute is the most rewarding of them all. Informative, challenging and the collegiality of Spitz created an environment of knowledge and inspiration.

Paul A. Karr

Professor, Wayne State College

What You'll Learn

Session 1: July 20 – 23

  • Starry Night and The Layered Earth: Detailed introduction to astronomy and earth-science simulation, covering basic software functions and settings. Perfect for new SciDome owners.
  • Comprehensive introduction to Automation: ATM-4 automation, including an introduction to The Layered Earth, basic show scripting.
  • Multi-media: Photo editing, audio, and panorama creation for the digital planetarium. Displaying slides and videos on the dome.
  • What Your Colleagues are Doing: Lessons and demonstrations from various planetarium sites showing how they approach space and earth-science education in the dome.
  • The Fulldome Curriculum: A detailed look at the Spitz astronomy curriculum – how to understand and present a diverse variety of topics.

Session 2: July 26 – 29

  • Intermediate and Advanced Starry Night: Unique effects, animation, and operator enhancements for advanced astronomy presentation.
  • Customizing the Software: Intermediate and advanced courses that teach how to access custom features and settings.
  • What Your Colleagues are Doing: Lessons and demonstrations from various planetarium sites showing how they approach space and earth-science education in the dome.
  • The Fulldome Curriculum: A detailed look at the Spitz astronomy curriculum – how to understand and present a diverse variety of topics.

Who, What, and How Much

Who Should Attend?

If you’re an educator who wants to teach with the latest technology, you should attend. This includes:

  • Sites considering a planetarium upgrade or a new facility
  • Planetariums who want to share lessons and see what other presenters are doing
  • New SciDome owners
  • Operators who want to learn more about their SciDome

Hands-on Learning

During Institute, attendees have many opportunities to learn by doing. Most courses are hands-on. Software for your laptop is provided, so you’ll participate as you learn.

Computers and Software

You’ll need to bring a laptop running Windows 10 (64-bit) to participate in most courses and workshops. Macs running Windows via Boot Camp work great; virtualization solutions like Parallels, VMWare, or VirtualBox will not work. You’ll need at least 6GB RAM and 40 GB free hard drive space to run the software we’ll install.

Please contact us for guidance if you’re not sure your computer is suitable.

Pricing

2021 pricing TBD, but will be similar to 2019: $395 for one week, $685 for both weeks.

If you’ve attended a four- or five-day Institute session before, you’ll receive a $50 discount when you register.

Questions?

Let us know if you’d like more information about Spitz Institute 2021.