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AN: ED42A-02
TI: Sustainable Outreach: Lessons Learned from Space Update and Discovery Dome
AU: Reiff, P H
EM: reiff@rice.edu
AF: Rice Space Institute, Rice University, Houston, TX, United States
AU: Sumners, C
EM: csumners@hmns.org
AF: Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, TX, United States
AU: Law, C C
EM: colinlaw@mac.com
AF: Rice Space Institute, Rice University, Houston, TX, United States
AB: A sustainable program lives on past its initial funding cycle, and develops a network of users that ensures continued life, either by fees, advertising revenue, or by making the program more successful in later sponsored grants. Teachers like free things, so having a sponsor for products such as lithographs or CD-Roms is key to wide distribution. In 1994 we developed “Space Update®”, under the NASA “Public Use of the Internet” program. It has new editions annually, with over 40,000 distributed so far (many purchased but most free at teacher and student workshops). In 1996 we created a special edition “Space Weather®”, which includes the space weather module from Space Update plus other resources. Initially developed with funding from the IMAGE mission, it is now sponsored by Cluster and MMS. A new edition is published annually and distributed in the “Sun-Earth Day” packet; total distribution now exceeds 180,000. “Earth Update” was created in 1999 under cooperative agreement “Museums Teaching Planet Earth”. It now has a total distribution of over 20,000. Both Earth Update and Space Update were developed to be museum kiosk software, and more than 15 museums have them on display. Over 4,000 users are active in our e-Teacher network and 577 in our museum educator network. Although these can certainly be considered successful because of their longevity and user base, we have had a far more dramatic sustainable program arise in the last six years… the “Discovery Dome®”. Invented at HMNS and developed under NASA Cooperative Agreement “Immersive Earth”, this dome was the first digital portable planetarium that also showed fulldome movies with an interactive interface (first shown to the public at the Dec 2003 AGU meeting). The Discovery Dome network (tinyurl.com/DiscDome) has spun those initial 6 NASA-funded domes into over 90 installations in 22 states and 23 countries. Creating high quality content is quite expensive and so needs sponsors, but the customers (typically school districts or museums) will pay a reasonable price for quality equipment to show them on. Creating an innovative, exciting product at an affordable price is certainly key to sustainability. If space permits, we will put up a dome as a demo in the poster session. The software and the dome will be on view at the "Exploration Station" the Sunday before AGU.
UR: http://www.spaceupdate.com
DE: [0815] EDUCATION / Informal education
DE: [0845] EDUCATION / Instructional tools
DE: [1994] INFORMATICS / Visualization and portrayal
SC: Education and Human Resources (ED)
MN: 2009 Fall Meeting