Spitz Institute 2021

SciDome Presentation and Production Training - Chadds Ford, PA

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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.

We’ll follow up with updated Covid-19 safety policies as the event approaches.

$250 – Registration has closed for this session

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.

$125 – Registration has closed for this session

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 Learn

Whether 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.

Paul A. Karr

Professor, Wayne State College

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

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.


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.

Travel & Hotel


Driving: Spitz, Inc. is located at 700 Brandywine Drive, Chadds Ford, PA 19317, within easy driving distance of much of the eastern seaboard. Ample free parking is available both at Spitz and at the host hotel, so driving is a good solution if you’re near enough.

Flying: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is about a 30 minute drive from Spitz. We’re available to help with local transportation to and from the airport during certain dates and times. Contact us to arrange airport transportation.

Shuttle: Spitz will provide a van from Home2 to the Institute at the beginning and end of each day. Guests staying in other area hotels must provide their own transportation.

Hotel – New This Year!

We’ve secured a discounted rate at Home2 Suites By Hilton, located at 75 Applied Bank Blvd in Glen Mills. Home2 provides free hot breakfast, free WiFi, a fitness center, an indoor pool, and they’re pet-friendly.

Home2 Institute Rate: Studio Suite with one king or two queen beds, $109/night

Offer Expiration Date: July 9

Reservations: 610-358-4716. When reserving, mention “Spitz Summer Institute 2021.”

Online: Home2 reservations. Use Group Code “SS2“.


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