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Todd R. Boyette, Ph.D. - UNC-Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC, US

Todd R. Boyette, Ph.D. Todd R. Boyette, Ph.D.

Director, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center | UNC-Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC, UNITED STATES

Todd Boyette is an expert in university-based informal science education and a co-founder of the North Carolina Science Festival.

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Vehicle for the Vision: Todd Boyette, Stephen Saucier and Sam Houston

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Biography

North Carolina native Todd Boyette has built a lifelong career in science education, beginning as a high school chemistry teacher and as a project coordinator for NCSU's Science House and later serving as chief executive officer for three of North Carolina's informal science education centers across the state — Imagination Station in Wilson, The Health Adventure in Asheville and Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill.

He has been a catalyst for expanding Morehead's outreach programs, which now serve all 100 counties in North Carolina. He is also a founder of the North Carolina Science Festival, the first statewide science festival in the United States. In its first five years, the Festival delivered science programming to more than one million North Carolinians through a network of community-based organizations.

Boyette led efforts to convert Morehead's historic planetarium from an outdated analog projection system to a state-of-the-art fulldome digital system, one of the largest in the United States. Morehead now produces fulldome planetarium shows that have been leased by more than 60 different planetariums in the U.S. and in seven countries internationally.

Boyette serves as president of the Association of Science Museum Directors and is a former president of the North Carolina Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Global leadership in university-based science outreach Working with scientists to engage the public Astronaut training at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center Informal science education Science centers and museums in North Carolina Building support for a science festival

Accomplishments (1)

Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award (professional)

The 2014 Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. Todd Boyette at the 25th Anniversary Celebration held in Chapel Hill on April 12th, 2014. This award is named for Michael C. Jackson for his many contributions over the years to science education in North Carolina. The award is generously sponsored by Fisher Scientific.

Education (4)

NC State University: Ph.D., Science Education 2002

NC State University: M.S., Science Education 1995

NC State University: B.S., Science Education 1988

NC State University: B.A., Chemistry 1988

Media Appearances (3)

Science Expo breaks down scientist stereotypes for children

The Daily Tarheel  online

2015-04-13

“Since we were the ones producing the whole festival, it made sense for us to highlight all the science happening on campus at UNC. That’s why we started the expo,” said Todd Boyette, the director of the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and co-founder of the Science Expo. Boyette said for the first Science Expo, the booths and displays were scattered throughout McCorkle Place, but organizers found that people were not making their way to the science buildings for the lab tours. “The big change was the decision three years ago to close Cameron Avenue,” Boyette said...

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Dr. Todd Boyette Receives 2014 Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award

North Carolina Science Leadership Association  online

2014-04-01

The 2014 Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. Todd Boyette at the 25th Anniversary Celebration held in Chapel Hill on April 12th, 2014. This award is named for Michael C. Jackson for his many contributions over the years to science education in North Carolina. The award is generously sponsored by Fisher Scientific.

Nominated by the senior management team of the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, Dr. Boyette has dedicated the last 25 years to improving science education in North Carolina. He has served as the director of three science centers across the state that include Imagination Station in Wilson, The Health Adventure in Asheville, and presently as director of the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina...

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Q&A with director of the Morehead Planetarium

Daily Tar Heel  online

2016-02-28

Director of the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center Todd Boyette was recently appointed president of the Association of Science Museum Directors. Staff writer Harris Wheless spoke to him about his work as director of the Morehead Planetarium and his feelings about his new appointment.

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Event Appearances (2)

"Go Big or Go Home: Large-Scale Spectacles"

Association of Science-Technology Centers conference  Raleigh, NC

2015-10-26

Leveraging Your Local University at Your Science Center

Association of Science-Technology Centers conference  Chapel Hill, NC

2015-10-16

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  • Keynote
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Research Grants (2)

WILD BLUE: Using fulldome technology to illustrate aeronautics principles

NASA 

Project Investigator. This project funded research and development of a fulldome planetarium show and related curricula for elementary school students, focusing on aeronautics and encouraging students to pursue STEM careers.

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: Broad implementation of Science Festival Alliance

NSF 

2012-12-01

Co-Investigator in partnership with PI John Durant of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Museum. This project facilitates a strong network of science festival producers through identifying and sharing best practices and other collaborative activities.

Articles (2)

Interaction and Learning Outcomes in Live, Public Planetarium Presentations American Astronomical Society

2013

ABSTRACT: Although formative assessment has been shown to help teachers cultivate stronger positive student outcomes in traditional classrooms, it has not been well researched in planetariums. We studied the impact of formative assessment—as measured by the interactivity between presenter and study participants—on learning success in mixed-audience, live planetarium constellation programs. Audio recordings of ten programs given by five experienced planetarium educators in late 2009 were transcribed and analyzed...

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An In-Depth Analysis of Personality and Other Participant Characteristics in a Web-Based Course for Science Teachers NCSU Libraries

2002

ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to analyze the role students' personality and other characteristics play in their experience and achievement in a web-based course for teachers. Participants in the study were 17 inservice teachers enrolled in Technology Tools for Science Teachers in the 2002 spring semester. 'Tech Tools' is a web-based class designed to teach teachers how to use various technology such as digital cameras in the science classroom...

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