This spring, join your fellow MAPS members at one of our Armand Spitz Regional Meetings, an established tradition of 1 or 2 day gatherings for sharing activities on various themes. Continue reading
Friday, 19 May
|9:00-9:30 AM||Arrival / Registration||Weyandt Hall|
|9:30-12:00 PM||Workshops, Panels, Talks||Planetarium / Classroom|
|12:00-1:30 PM||Lunch||Near campus|
|1:30-4:00 PM||Workshops, Panels, Talks||Planetarium / Classroom|
|4:00-7:00 PM||Dinner Break, Travel to Mingo Creek Observatory||Off-site|
|7:00 PM||Telescope Observing/Planetarium demo||Mingo Creek Observatory|
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, about an hour’s drive east-northeast of Pittsburgh, is a campus of the PA State System of Higher Education. It enrolls 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The planetarium is operated by the Geosciences Department, which has undergraduate programs in Geology and Earth and Space Science Education.
Pittsburgh airport is 75 miles (about 90 minutes) drive from campus. A small number of flights serve Latrobe airport 35 miles south of campus.
The nearest Amtrak station is in Johnstown, 25 miles southeast of Indiana.
We have not secured a block of hotel rooms for this one-day meeting. Below are some of the local hotel options, all within 2.5 miles of campus, with their current standard (refundable) nightly rate for Thursday, May 18:
The Mystic Seaport Museum is located in Mystic, Connecticut, a popular tourist destination situated halfway between the cities of Boston, MA and New York, NY.
75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic CT 06355 AIR
Two airports provide travel to the Mystic, CT area. T.F. Green Airport (PVD) is located near Providence, RI and is about 45 minutes away from Mystic by car. Bradley International Airport (BDL) is located near Hartford, CT and is about one hour away from Mystic by car.
Mystic, CT is also conveniently located along the Amtrak train lines. There is an Amtrak station in Mystic, 2 minutes from the Seaport and 5 minutes from the lodging options listed below.
We have opted to not secure a block of hotel rooms for this meeting. However, with a wealth of hotel options in Mystic, we are allowing attendees to book the hotel of their choosing. Below are some of the local options, all within 2 miles of Mystic Seaport, with their current standard nightly rate for Thursday, June 8:
- Quality Inn Mystic-Groton – $64/night
- Econo Lodge Mystic-Groton – $68/night
- Howard Johnson Inn Mystic – $76/night
- Days Inn – Mystic – $79/night
- Hampton Inn & Suites Mystic – $149/night
- Residence Inn by Marriott Mystic Groton – $169/night
- Hilton Mystic – $179/night
- Hyatt Place Mystic – $225/night
- Holiday Inn Express Mystic – no rooms currently available
Thursday, 8 June
|12:00-12:30 PM||Arrival / Registration||Museum Entrance|
|12:30-1:00 PM||Lunch||Museum Grounds|
|1:00-3:00 PM||Workshops, Panels, Talks||Theater / Classroom|
|3:00-3:30 PM||Afternoon Break||Museum Grounds|
|3:30-5:30 PM||Workshops, Panels, Talks||Theater / Classroom|
|5:30-8:00 PM||Dinner Break, Hotel check-in opportunity||Off-site|
|8:00-8:30 PM||Re-convene at Mystic Seaport||Museum Entrance|
|8:30-9:00 PM||Travel from Mystic to New London||Off-site|
|9:00-10:30 PM||Telescope Observing||Olin Observatory at Connecticut College|
Friday, 9 June
|8:00-8:30 AM||Arrival||Museum Entrance|
|8:30-10:00 AM||Workshops, Panels, Talks||Theater / Classroom|
|10:00-10:30 AM||Morning Break||Museum Grounds|
|10:30-12:00||Workshops, Panels, Talks||Theater / Classroom|
|12:00-1:00 PM||Lunch||Museum Grounds|
|1:00-4:00 PM||Workshops, Panels, Talks||Theater / Classroom|
|4:30 PM||Wrap-Up / Departure||Museum Grounds|
The Howard B. Owens Science Center is located in Lanham, Maryland, approximately one mile from the Goddard Space Flight Center. We’re about halfway between Annapolis and Washington, D.C., so there are plenty of attractions for a weekend stay!
9601 Greenbelt Road Lanham, MD 20706
We have three airports convenient to us: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall, Ronald Reagan Washington National, and Dulles International.
Amtrak also has stations nearby, most convenient being Union Station in Washington, D.C., and New Carrollton. (www.amtrak.com)
We have opted to not secure a block of hotel rooms for this meeting. However, there are many nearby facilities for attendees to book the hotel of their choosing. Below are some of the local options with their current standard nightly rate:
- Days Inn – $76 (2-star hotel)
- Metro Points Hotel – $76 (3 star hotel)
- Best Western Capital Beltway – $78 (2 star hotel)
- Staybridge Suites Washington D.C. – Greenbelt – $118 (4 star hotel)
- Courtyard by Marriott New Carrollton-Landover – $118 (3 star hotel)
- Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/Greenbelt – $159 (3-star hotel)
- Greenbelt Marriott – $188 (3-star hotel)