Tofido – SUNY Oswego’s Shineman Planetarium Enhances Learning Opportunities with New Technology Upgrades

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  • The upgrade process for SUNY Oswego’s Shineman Planetarium began over a year ago, leading to the adoption of new planetarium software system, Digistar.
  • A grant from the Shineman Endowed Fund facilitated the acquisition of new software, computers, and updated Windows iterations for the planetarium.
  • The planetarium’s new software, Digistar 7, is continually upgraded, includes internet connectivity, and access to a cloud-based database of community-created assets.

SUNY Oswego’s Shineman Planetarium recently announced the upgrade of its technology in a move to provide enhanced learning opportunities for students and the broader community. The planetarium, which has been a valuable resource for astronomy education and outreach, has undergone significant technological advancements to better serve its visitors.

The upgrades to the planetarium include a state-of-the-art digital projection system, new software, and an improved sound system, all of which aim to expand the planetarium’s capabilities and provide more immersive and engaging experiences.

According to Dr. Scott Roby, director of the planetarium, the new technology will allow for more dynamic and interactive presentations, enabling visitors to explore the universe in greater detail. “We are thrilled to be able to offer these enhanced learning opportunities to our students and the community. The new technology will enable us to create more visually stunning and informative shows, and provide a more immersive experience for our guests,” Dr. Roby said.

The upgraded technology will also support the planetarium’s efforts to collaborate with other departments at SUNY Oswego and expand its reach to more diverse audiences. Through its innovative programming and interactive exhibits, the planetarium seeks to inspire curiosity and a deeper understanding of the universe.

The Shineman Planetarium is recognized as a valuable educational resource and has been instrumental in inspiring interest in science and astronomy among students. With the latest technological advancements, it is poised to continue providing exceptional learning experiences and fostering a greater appreciation for the cosmos.

The upgrades to the Shineman Planetarium have been made possible through the support of the college’s administration and generous donations from community partners. The planetarium plans to unveil its new technology with a series of special events and shows in the coming months, inviting the public to experience the enhanced learning opportunities first-hand.

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