Planetarium





On this edition of Wired In, Jennifer Brown and Teresa Michener from Community Knights, Inc., talk about how their organization helps Hampton schools by awarding grants. They are looking for volunteers to participate in large-scale fundraisers to help fund the grants.


Astronomy Club Mission:  to promote scientific reasoning and inquiry for all within one’s community

History of the Jones Planetarium

The Planetarium was built with Federal aid with the school in the mid-1970's as were many others during the Apollo years. From it’s opening until the early 1990's, Richard Joyce, was the Planetarium Director and gave many daily student and weekly community presentations. Due to budget, the position was cut and the Planetarium budget was altered to only cover intermittent presentations through a hired contractor. After a few years, the Planetarium was shuttered. Most of the equipment except for the star projector and some of the sound system were removed. The Planetarium was used for school storage.

During the closed period, the school transitioned to an administration building. After a few years it was transitioned back into a school. In 2001 Bird’s daughter started attending Jones. He offered to chaperone her class to the Planetarium, and was told that the Planetarium had been closed for a few years. He communicated with the HCS Administration and the HCS School Board in the hopes of them staffing and re-opening the community resource. After presenting his case at a few televised HCS School Board meetings, they agreed to allow access to the Planetarium, but there would be no HCS staff or budget. Bird formed the Virginia Peninsula Astronomy / Stargazers (VPAS) online, https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/vpas/info , and recruited some AstroBuddies in 2002 to join him in re-opening the Planetarium. By September 2002, they had removed all of the wooden structures, replaced most of the ceiling tiles, and got the star projector up and running. That allowed them to hold the first monthly community presentation inside the Planetarium, as well as 8th grade SOL Reviews upon request. Over the last 14 years, all but one of the maintenance sessions was done by VPAS with costs being covered out-of-pocket.

 

In 2013, Susan Booth working with them started to apply for grant funding and end of year monies.  In 2015, Susan and Sherri Mair formed the Jones Astronomy Club. In 2016 Sara Clemmer and Susan Booth became volunteer planetarium facilitators to begin supporting VPAS’s efforts after raising approximately $15,000. Now in 2017, we are spring-cleaning and moving forward with STEAM ideas. We thank the endless and tireless hours that VPAS lead by Bird has allowed us to reach for the stars and obtain them. THANKS for Being There!

Upcoming Planetarium Presentation Dates for the school year 2016-17

November 9, 2016

December 14, 2016

January 11, 2017

February 8, 2017

March 8, 2017

April 12, 2017

May 10, 2017



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