2005 Conference

2005 Conference

Fels Planetarium; Franklin Institute
Philadelphia Pennsylvania
May 25th through May 28th

Return your Registration Form with payment by April 8, 2005, to:

Anthony J. Villano, MAPS Treasurer
Fair Lawn HS Planetarium
14-00 Berdan Avenue
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

All other forms should be returned by April 8, 2005,to:

MAPS 2005
Derrick H. Pitts
Franklin Institute Science Museum
222 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
or FAX them to 215-448-1188

On behalf of the Franklin Institute we would like to welcome you to Philadelphia for this years M.A.P.S. conference. A group of local Delaware Valley Planetarians (plus a few from far flung cities) are coming together to host your visit for M.A.P.S. 2005. Our conference theme is:

Four themed sessions have been developed to lead our conference on the theme of in-service training. Many new planetarium directors in our area would like professional development dealing with competencies needed to keep educational facilities viable. These skills carry over to educators/lecturers using a museum planetarium to deliver a presentation. From developing the proper speaking skills that are related to media driven talks through properly designed instructional units that seek to engage your audience. Reviewing how to implement standards, benchmarks, anchors, competencies, or outcomes by twisting current presentations to meet teachers needs, There is the continual struggle to keep informed of what technology can best be utilized to meet those needs. So What Works?

Theme Sessions


The Planetarium Presenter as a Communications Wizard
From Pubic
Speaking to Multi-Modal Discourse

Tim McGee; Philadelphia

Twisting Presentations to meet State Standards


Panel Discussion led by Kathy M. Michaels

Presenters are well advised to go back to the ancient art
of the Rhetoric to re-discover principles of effective, audience-specific
communication not dominated by the medium of printed words, but fully
capable of exploiting all the media and modes available for live
presentations in technologically rich environments.
Competencies / Standards / Benchmarks / Anchors / Outcomes
/ Behavioral Objectives…How do we meet them? How many areas can we
assist outside astronomy?  History, Math, Science, English, Technical
Education, Music, Art…can we assist with their goals?  In this
panel discussion we will share how many different areas of study can
benefit from a planetarium offering a diverse option of programming or

Tips for Instruction and Presentation

Ted Williams; Mallon
Planetarium- Methacton School District

Ruth List; Philadelphia Universitiy / Ridley Planetarium

Comparing Technologies for Better

Darryl Davis, Hayden Planetarium / Boston

Planetarium directors play a dual role of presenter and in
many facilities the design and produce their instruction and
presentations.  In that role, we would benefit from the skills of an
instructional designer.  This session will share tips that are
already proven to work in the instructional design field.  We will
show examples of presentations developed with current software including
Flash and Director.
What works best in terms of new and old technology. What’s
the difference between the various video projection systems? What works best in
audio? Is PowerPoint the answer to your presentation needs? What are the advantages
of LED vs. incandescent lighting? What can I do with mechanical projectors that I
can’t do with video? Find out some answers here.

Special Conference Rate!

Embassy Suites Hotel
1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

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Our Host Facility:
The Fels Planetarium at the Franklin Institute

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Budget Restrictions?
Easy Alternatives

Extremely reasonable accommodations; short or long stay

Extremely reasonable accommodations;
short or long stay

Nearby pack-your-own outdoor cafe style eating

Nearby pack-your-own outdoor cafe style eating

Local goodies and treats right outside our door

Local goodies and treats right outside our door

Pre-Conference Activity
Edelman Planetarium


Edelman Planetarium, Rowen University
Glassboro, New Jersey

Planning Committee:

Derrick Pitts
Steve Berr
Henry Bouchelle
Keith Johnson
Don Knapp
Ruth List
Laura Misajet
Mike Mountjoy
Stephanie Parello
Cyndie Slagle
Gloria Villalobos
Ted Williams

2005 Conference Schedule

MAPS 2005 Preliminary Schedule

May 25-28 2005, Philadelphia

Wednesday May 25th, Evening Schedule



Time                    Event                                       Location


5-9 p.m.                Registration                     Space Command Exhibit


7-10 p.m.              Open House                    Space Command and Planetarium


7:00 pm                 Opening Remarks            Planetarium


7:15 p.m.               Opening Lecture              Speaker – TBD


8:30 pm                 “Starball”                        Planetarium


10:00 pm               Reception Continues       Planetarium and Space Command Exhibit

Theatre Tour, “Sonic Vision”, “Infinity Express”    (as desired)



Thursday, May 26th Morning Schedule


Time                              Event                                                Location


8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.        Registration                              Harcourt 1st fl.


8:45– 9:00 a.m.                Welcome/Updates                    Stearns Auditorium


9:00 – 9:45                       Theme Session I                       Planetarium


Program      –        ‘Tawkin’ Good in Duh Plantarium’ – Dr. Tim McGee, Philadelphia Univ.


9:45 – 10:15                     Break                                       Harcourt 1st fl.


10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.            Vendor Halls open                    Harcourt 1st fl. and Pepper Hall


10:15 – 11:45                   Papers/Demos                          Musser Theater, 3rd fl.


Noon-1:30 p.m.               Lunch                                       Pepper Hall 3rd fl.

Guest Speaker, Dr. James Kaler,

University of Illinois , Champagne/Urbana

“Update on the Universe”



Thursday, May 26th Afternoon/Evening Schedule


Time                              Event                                                Location


1:30-2:15 p.m.                 Theme Session II                      Musser Theater

‘Twisting Standards’ and Panel Discussion – Kathy M. Michaels


2:15-3:15                         Papers/Demos                          Musser Theater, etc.


3:15-3:30                         Break                                       Harcourt 1st fl.


3:30-5:00                         Concurrent Workshops – Two 45 min. sessions(more can be added)

  1. Slide Projector Maintenance – Gene Russo
  2. Make Your Own Laser Pointer – John French
  3. Vendor Workshop(Starlab, Bowen, Spitz, Keynote, etc.)
  4. Hank Bouchelle – “The Universe in a Soupcan” –Measuring Space


5:00 – 5:30                       Group Photo                            Winter Street Exit


6-8 p.m.                          Dinner On Your Own                Anywhere!


8 –11 p.m.                      Vendor Evening                        Planetarium (Deals at 11 p.m.!)


10 p.m. – ????                 Taurus Session                         Conference Hotel Hospitality Suite


Friday, May 27th Morning Schedule


Time                              Event                                                Location


8:30 a.m.–Noon              Registration                              Harcourt 1st fl.


8:45 – 9:00 a.m.               Updates                                    Planetarium


9:00 – 9:45                      Theme Session III                     Planetarium

‘Lookin’ Good In Duh Plantarium’

Ruth List, Ted Williams


9- 4 p.m.                         Vendor Halls Open                   Harcourt 1st fl. and Pepper Hall


10-10:15                          Break                                       Harcourt 1st fl.


10:15 – Noon                   Papers/Demos                          Musser Theater, etc.


Noon-1:30 p.m.               Lunch                                       Pepper Hall, 3rd fl.

Speaker – Dr. Michael Turner, National Science Foundation

“The Dark Side of the Universe: Beyond Stars and the Starstuff We are Made Of”



Friday, May 27th Afternoon/Evening Schedule


Time                              Event                                                Location


1:30-2:15 p.m.                 Theme Session IV                    Musser Theater

“ Comparing Technologies for Better Understanding” – Darryl Davis


2:15 -3:15                        Papers/Demos                          Musser Theater, etc.


3:15 – 3:30                       Break                                       Harcourt 1st fl.


3:30 – 4:30                      Papers/Demos                          Musser Theater, etc.


3:30 p.m.                        Vendor Halls Close                   Harcourt and Pepper Hall


4:30 – 5:30                       MAPS Business Meeting           Planetarium


7-8 p.m.                          Cash Bar                                  Pepper Halls


8-10 p.m.                        Conference Dinner                    Pepper Hall

2005 Margaret Noble Address

  1. George Hamilton, Fels Planetarium Director Emeritus,


10 p.m. – ????                 Taurus Session                         Conference Hotel Hospitality Suite


Saturday May 28, 2005 – Final Schedule


Time                              Event                                                Location


9 :00 a.m.                        Updates                                    Planetarium


9:15-10:00 a.m.                “Shoot Your Mouth Off”          Planetarium


10:00- 11:00                    Final Paper Session                   Harcourt 1st fl.


11:00-Noon                     Conference Close/Door Prizes  Harcourt 1st fl.






All events will take place at The Franklin Institute Science Museum unless otherwise noted.