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Peter Michaud - Biography

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Peter Michaud started his planetarium career while in college where he managed the planetarium for 4 years. After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Meteorology in 1984, he continued his education by obtaining his NH certification in Physical Science Education in 1985 and then went on to become an intern in the competitive and highly respected Strasenburgh Planetarium internship program in Rochester NY. Including these two years of teacher training and the Strasenburgh internship, Peter has the equivalent of a Master's Degree in Planetarium Education for which a formal program does not exist.

Following his formal education, Peter accepted a position with the Arlington Virginia Public School's Planetarium where he taught astronomy and produced and presented programs for school and public audiences of all ages. During this time he also developed a full year high school Astronomy curriculum as well as related materials and activities that are still in use today.

After two years in Virginia, Peter accepted a position as Producer at the Bishop Museum Planetarium in Honolulu, HI. After 2 years as Producer, he was promoted to his current position as Planetarium Manager. Over the past 9 years at Bishop Museum, Peter Michaud has written and produced over 20 new programs for the planetarium, taught dozens of classes for students of all ages, led eclipse expeditions to Mauna Kea and Chile, written over 100 monthly newspaper columns, helped to develop educational curriculum, produced WWW pages and assisted in the planning for the new Bishop Museum Science Learning Center, scheduled to open in 2000.

Peter has recently accepted the position of Public Information and Outreach Manager at the Gemini Observatories on the big island.


Visits since 10/99. Last Updated on December 15, 2001
Karen. Meech, Institute for Astronomy, UH
meech@ifa.hawaii.edu