LIVEFEST – Free Day of Professional Development

Hosted by the Earth and Space Science Lab in advance of the MAPS 2013 Conference..


Tuesday July 16 8am-5pm at Ausherman Planetarium, Earth and Space Science Laboratory, Fredrick County Public Schools, Frederick, Maryland

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This FREE day of professional development is a special day of workshops, led by Susan Button, sponsored by Powerful Interactive Planetarium Systems (PIPS) and the Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society (MAPS), for those primarily interested in presenting participatory lessons to school children and their teachers. During the day workshop leaders will offer
lessons and guidance to classroom teachers and portable and small dome educational presenters. Techniques for presenting interactive lessons that enhance learning in classrooms, small portable domes and school planetariums will be emphasized and modeled.

Check-in and breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m. and sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a one hour break for lunch. Here are just some of the topics to be addressed: The Common Core, State Standards, the Moon, Seasons, Celestial Motion, light speed, the size of the Universe, Storytelling, NASA Resources and any questions you may have.

Presenters will be professionals and veterans in the field including Susan Button, Steve Berr, Francine Jackson, and Greg Anderson to name a few. Portable and fixed domes will at hand and used for the activities.

Registration is by checking the option on the MAPS 2013 registration form or email directly to the host below.

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MAPS 2013 Vendor Registration

Dear MAPS Supporter;

For 2013 the Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society will once again gather its members, vendors and
supporters in a professional development conference. This year we meet at the Frederick County Public
Schools Earth and Space Science Laboratory, a vibrant educational resource in Frederick MD from July
17-20 under the theme, “Spaceship Earth; Educating Its Crew”. Continue reading