Lafayette Science Museum announced Friday the launch of its Virtual Learning Portal, which will house educational videos and science content related to the museum's current programming. The first broadcast will be a new planetarium program called Acadiana Skies presented by curator Dave Hostetter. It will air on YouTube Friday, March 20 at 4 p.m. Using night sky software, the program will feature evening constellations, bright stars and planets that will be visible in Friday night's sky.
"At Lafayette Science Museum we are committed to continuing or mission of education during this time when schools and our museum are closed. Our staff is working diligently to bring our planetarium programming and the high-quality science content of our exhibits to the public during this time," said Kevin Krantz, director of Lafayette Science Museum. "Even though our building is closed in accordance with the public health measure related to COVID-19, we are excited for the opportunity to connect with our audience virtually thanks to technology."
The museum's next presentation is scheduled for Sunday, March 22 at 4 p.m. LSM is planning a live version of Acadiana Skies and will test a question and answer session using YouTube's live chat feature for viewer questions pertaining to the broadcast. LSM will continue producing new content on a weekly basis.
Subscribe to LSM's YouTube channel to tune in to Acadiana Skies future broadcasts at www.youtube.com/c/LafayetteScienceMuseum.
Lafayette Science Museum has been closed to the public since Friday, March 13, according to public health recommendations. The museum will remain closed at least through March 30 in an effort to protect public health against the spread of COVID-19. All scheduled in-person programs in the planetarium and other museum events during this time have been canceled.
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Lafayette Science Museum is a regional science center serving families, schools and visitors. By applying the latest technology to interactive experiences and immersive education, LSM promotes interest and inspires careers in science, technology, engineering and math.