Cosmic Cookbook

October 1st, 2019 - September 30th, 2022 | PROJECT

The Carnegie Science Center will contribute to the reinvigoration of planetarium programming nationwide by creating and sharing three multifaceted productions combining live theatre and science education. The "Cosmic Cookbook" will be a free online digital toolkit for planetarium educators designed to delight audiences, inspire the next generation of scientists, and promote a scientifically literate community. Targeting elementary school students, each show will include theatric, character-driven scripts for presenters; digital media assets for planetarium producers, including original full-dome content; and how-to guides for live demonstrations and storytelling. The museum will pilot and evaluate each show with students from local underserved schools and incorporate feedback before distribution for other planetariums across the country. The museum will release video tutorials on teaching science and theatric presentation, webinars, and script updates throughout the lifespan of the project to foster sustained replication of the programs.

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Team Members

Amanda Iwaniec, Principal Investigator, Carnegie Science Center


Funding Source: IMLS
Funding Program: Museums for America
Award Number: MA-10-19-0702-19
Funding Amount: $246,539


Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Art | music | theater | Space science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Media and Technology | Planetarium and Science on a Sphere