CHICAGOAN MAX ADLER FOUNDED AMERICA’S FIRST PLANETARIUM IN 1930. A LEADER IN SCIENCE EDUCATION, THE ADLER PLANETARIUM FOCUSES ON INSPIRING EXPLORATION AND UNDERSTANDING OF OUR UNIVERSE.
Located in Chicago, Illinois, the Adler Planetarium is open to the public and offers exhibits and show experiences. Gemini 12, which was flown by astronauts Jim Lovell and Buzz Aldrin, is the centerpiece for the Shoot for the Moon space exploration exhibit. Visitors can discover constellations in the Sky Theater, launch into space with the digital Definiti® Space Theater, or watch 3-D shows in the Universe Theater.
The Subaru of America Foundation helps support the Adler Classroom Connections in Earth and Space Science (ACCESS) program through a grant used to enhance educational resources. ACCESS offers Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers:
- MUSEUM RESOURCES WORKSHOPS, which develop awareness and facilitate the initial use of Adler resources.
- BREAKTHROUGH SCIENCE KITS, which provide materials for schools with limited funds for Chicago Math and Science Initiative (CMSI) science kits.
- SCIENCE TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT and ACCESS/CMSI Teacher Professional Development sessions, which expand science knowledge and familiarity with planetarium resources.
- EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE COURSE work at the graduate level, which increases the number of Illinois State Board of Education science-endorsed teachers.
According to Associate Director of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Michael Mott, “The Adler provided professional development to 457 teachers in graduate courses and CPS partnership professional development sessions. In addition, the museum served 499 teachers in selected audience programs in the 2007/2008 school year.”
For more information on the Adler Planetarium and the ACCESS program, visit www.adlerplanetarium.org.
Subaru of America, Inc. believes in supporting the communities in which its employees live and work. To that end, Subaru builds community partnerships with organizations that share its drive and passion. These organizations are primarily ones that enhance the academic learning experience for young people.
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