This spring, a group of LBC students got the opportunity to make their mark in one of MSU's education centers.
Dr. Georgina Montgomery's Introduction to History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science course visited the Abrams Planetarium in January to begin a semester-long project to propose and design new educational displays for the planetarium.
Students were first given a tour of the facility by Dr. Shannon Schmoll, Director of the Abrams Planetarium, who discussed the planetarium's mission, audiences, and display capabilities. After forming five teams, students explored the exhibit area and began brainstorming what they would like to create and how it would work in the space.
At the end of the semester, each group presented their creations to Dr. Schmoll, who would select which exhibits would be installed. Dr. Schmoll was so impressed with the entire class she chose to display all five groups' projects in the main lobby of the Abrams Planetarium.The five new exhibits were installed this summer, transforming the space by adding both geographic and demographic diversity.
Reflecting on the displays, Dr. Montgomery commented, "Walking into the lobby to see the exhibits on display, I was filled with an incredible feeling of pride. The students worked so hard, and really enjoyed making their projects. These Briggsy students have transformed a space on MSU's campus, and created thoughtful, educational and fun exhibits that celebrate the accomplishments of a diverse range of scientists involved in studying space and space exploration. I am excited to see what the next cohort of students create in the upcoming semester!"
Dr. Montgomery and Dr. Schmoll will be continuing the partnership between Lyman Briggs and the Abrams Planetarium with another Introduction to History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science course dedicated to making new materials for the Abrams Planetarium this fall.
The Abrams Planetarium is located just a few minutes walk from Holmes Halls. Why not walk or bike there and check out the new exhibits?