Summer Institute 2022

Planetarium Presentation and Production Training - Chadds Ford, PA

Digistar and SciDome users, please join us for Summer Institute 2022, 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. Both the Digistar 7 and SciDome tracks will include a comprehensive introduction to the respective softwares.

We’ll also explore production and automation skills needed to create state-of-the-art educational programs.

Attendees may also wish to join our July 31 Open House for a demonstration of Digistar 7 capabilities and screenings of available fulldome shows. It’s free, but separate registration is required (see below).

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July 26 – 29: Digistar 7

Training for users and prospective users of Digistar 7 planetarium software. Designed for beginning and intermediate users, but will best serve attendees who have completed their initial Digistar training.

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August 1 – 4: SciDome

Training for users of SciDome planetarium software. Good for beginners, or users who would like a comprehensive refresher.

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Both Weeks

Attend both weeks at a discounted total price.

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July 31: Open House

Digistar 7 Demo and Fulldome Show Screenings

Join us on Sunday, July 31 for a free day of Digistar 7 demonstrations and fulldome show screenings. We will showcase the power and capabilities of Digistar 7, especially for educators and live presenters. We’ll also screen new fulldome shows available now for all planetariums.

A light lunch will be provided.

Free, but registration is required (so we have enough food for you!). Call (610) 459-5200 to register.

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:

  • Anyone who wants a comprehensive grounding in Digistar 7 or SciDome planetarium software use
  • Planetarium staff who want to share lessons and see what other presenters are doing
  • Operators who want to learn more about their system, and see the next evolution of our famous Bradstreet Fulldome Curriculum

Hands-on Learning

During Summer Institute, attendees have many opportunities to learn by doing. Most courses are hands-on, so you’ll participate as you learn.

Computers and Software

For 2022, attendees will not need to bring a computer, as we’ll have lab computers available for all.


Digistar 7, July 26 – 29: $400

SciDome, August 1 – 4: $400

Both sessions: $750

Digistar 7 Demo & Fulldome Screenings, July 31: Free (separate registration required)

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: Summer Institute takes place at Spitz, Inc., 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.


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, $105/night

Offer Expiration Date: July 12

Reservations: 610-358-4716 (discount code SS3)

Online: Home2 reservations (discount code SS3)


Let us know if you’d like more information about Summer Institute 2022.