Spitz Institute 2021SciDome Presentation and Production Training - Chadds Ford, PA
July 20 – 23: In Person
In-person training includes sessions appropriate for both beginner/intermediate users and advanced users. Session includes some some meals and snacks, limited transportation, a chance to see the latest fulldome shows, as well as live instruction with personalized proctoring and demonstrations.
In the interest of everyone’s health and safety, Covid-19 vaccination is required to attend the In-Person week. If you’re not vaccinated, we encourage you to attend the Virtual week only this year.
July 26 – 30: Virtual
Virtual training includes sessions appropriate for both beginner/intermediate users and advanced users. Live instruction with personalized proctoring and demonstrations, and access to recorded sessions after the event.
SciDome users, please join us in Summer 2021 for Spitz Institute, our annual training and skills development event.
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 and automation skills needed to create state-of-the-art educational programs. We look forward to seeing you at the Institute.
What You'll LearnWhether you attend the In-Person or Virtual session, you'll recieve comprehensive planetarium training
- 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.
- What Your Colleagues are Doing: Lessons and demonstrations from various planetarium sites showing how they approach space and earth-science education in the dome.
- Multimedia: Preparing and displaying slides and videos on the dome, custom and stock panoramas.
- The Fulldome Curriculum: A detailed look at the Spitz astronomy curriculum – how to understand and present a diverse variety of topics.
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.
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:
- 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, and see an overview of Digistar 7 with Spitz Education features
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.
In-Person July 20-23: $250
Virtual July 26-30: $125
Both sessions: $350
If you’ve attended a four- or five-day Institute session before, you’ll receive a $50 discount when you register. Contact us for a discount code to apply when you register.
Let us know if you’d like more information about Spitz Institute 2021.