Astronomers and space scientists with a passion for communicating science to
public audiences can find eager partners in science centers and planetariums.
If you’re seeking a collaborator for a project you’ve envisioned,
or just want to make yourself available as a resource, these professional organizations
can be good places to begin.
of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) “supports and
stimulates excellence and innovation in science resources in
promoting public understanding of science and technology.”
Planetarium Society (IPS) is the largest organization of
planetarium professionals in the world.
NASA’s Science Education Support Network can also help broker
relationships with Informal Science institutions.
. . . and what they want
In 1999 the NASA Earth
Science Enterprise conducted a survey of informal science
institutions and their ideas for collaboration.
Lakes Planetarium Association has offered some recommendations
for ways in which the NASA Space Science community could collaborate
Before getting involved in an informal science education project, you may wish
to reacquaint yourself with the audience.
Do Museum Visitors Understand the Universe, which was published
in the May/June 1999 ASTC Newsletter, presents an overview of
several front-end studies.
The Scientist’s Role
Creating exhibits and programs requires the interaction of a wide range of professional
disciplines, including science expertise.
ASTC has posted a series of “behind
the scenes” profiles of how projects are done, and what
people – including space scientists – are involved.
A NASA-developed roles
matrix highlights the variety of roles that scientists