East Lansing, MI USA
Dr. Shannon Schmoll is the Director of the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University where she runs a program for Pre-College students. She has a joint degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics and Education.
Dr. Shannon Schmoll shows you how to use planetarium software at home to learn the night sky.
Shannon's dissertation research was on how to integrate planetarium field trips into formal K-12 education using the digital planetarium at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History. While there she also finished a certificate in museum studies. After graduating, she worked as the STEM education specialist at the Field Museum in Chicago before returning to astronomy.
She began work on astronomy in Chile as part of the 2015 Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program. She serves as chair of the International Planetarium Society’s education committee and sits on the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee where she continues to explore new ways of teaching the public the wonders of the universe and making it accessible for everyone.
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