Carolina Association of Planetarium Educators

Meeting November, 8-9, 2021

Every year planetarium and astronomy educators from all over North and South Carolina come together to share ideas and opportunities with one another.

CAPE 2021 will be a joint venture between The Neuseway Nature Park & The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Greenville and Contentnea Creek. Our plan is to offer a relaxed and fun time where our planetarium community can share, learn, and just hang out together. 

Your 2021 Hosts

NCMNS Greenville & Contentnea Creek

Brian Baker
729 DIckinson Avenue, Greenville, NC, 27834

Neuseway Nature Park

Sarah Bartlet
401 W Caswell St, Kinston, NC 28504


NC Space Grant & North Carolina Space Education Ambassador

Join the Adventure on Mars!

Get K-12 students exploring Mars with NASA scientists, engineers, and the Perseverance Mars rover as they learn all about STEM and design their very own mission to Mars.

Finding a lesson YOU can use in your class!

JPL – Jet propulsion lab

NASA education

Websites for grades K-8

E-clips – videos for all ages that are super for many disciplines

NASA Digital Badges

NASA Express


The Itinerary 

Event Schedule

Monday, November 8th

12:00pm-1:00pm Greeting and tour of the Neuseway Nature Park
1:00pm-2:30pm Presentations
2:30pm-3:00pm Tom Petty laser show
3:00pm-4:00pm Bus Tour of Kinston
4:30pm-5:00pm Travel to NCMNS: Contentnea Creek (Shuttle service available)
5:30pm-7:30pm  Dinner
7:30-9:00pm Stargazing in the Kitty and Max Joyner Observatory
9:00pm Travel back to Kinston (Shuttle service available)

Tuesday, November 9th

9:00am-10:00am Travel to NCMNS: Greenville (Shuttle service available)
10:00am-10:30am Greetings and tour of NCMNS: Greenville
10:30am-12:00pm Presentations
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm-2:00pm Guest Speaker
2:00-2:30pm Closing Remarks
2:30pm Shuttle service back to Kinston

Presentation Schedule

Monday, November 8th

1:00pm Chris Seale & JT Towne “Evans & Sutherland/Spitz”
1:20pm Liz Klimek “Madlib Myths”
1:40pm Neil Pifer, “NC Space Education Ambassador Program”
2:05pm Gary Lazich, “A Dome within a Dome”
2:25pm Darcie Roten, “Update on a new NC planetarium in the works”

Tuesday, November 9th

10:30am Margaret Thiele “Mayland Earth to Sky Park Transformation from a Mine to an Environmental Education Park”
11:00am Carole Holmberg “Milankovitch Cycles and long-term climate change”
11: 20am Brian Baker “LED Constellations”
1:00pm Patrick Treuthardt “Spiral Graph”

A Special Thanks To Our Sponsor

Evans & Sutherland and Spitz are proud to continue our support for the planetarium community of the Carolinas.

729 Dickinson Avenue | Greenville, NC 27834 | 252.364.2862

The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources