A Trip To The Planetarium – The Full Experience

Special topic: Astronomy Education Beyond the Classroom
5th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Wednesday Nov. 29, 2023
UTC: 11:15 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.
Thursday Nov. 30, 2023
UTC: 6:45 p.m. - 6:55 p.m.

A visit at a planetarium can be much more than watching an immersive video on the dome. It can be a live changing learning experience which leaves the students in awe! The Planetarium Mannheim hosts 15 000 students a year. With a newly developed format the students receive live presented and age adapted interactive shows, Q&A sessions with an astronomer, as well as online material for preparation or follow-up learning experiences in the class room. This talk presents how this how this new type of full planetarium experience was set up, the advantages and disadvantages as well as the challenges which had to be faced.

About Mathias Jaeger

Mathias is a trained astronomer and the Scientific and Technical Director of the Planetarium Mannheim. He started his current career in the communication department of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) were he was jointly responsible for setting up the astronomical exhibition in the “ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre”. From 2015, he was the Public Information Officer for the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, before becoming the press officer at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. Since October 2021 he is working at the Plantarium Mannheim.