Dayna Thompson

Muncie, IN, US
Field of Work 
Astronomy and Space Science
Ball State University
Job Title or "Student" 
Planetarium Director
Purdue University Northwest (undergrad) & Ball State University (grad)
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
Dayna Thompson, Planetarium Director, has provided support and guidance for all planetarium activities at Ball State University since 2012. She holds a MS in Physics and has over 10 years’ experience in STEM outreach.

Ms. Thompson has created various live planetarium programs and has worked on over 8 full-length fulldome planetarium programs in various roles such as: script writer, director, program manager, 3D content programmer, sound recorder and editor. Two of her programs, “Saturn & Beyond” and “Halloween: Celestial Origins,” are available for planetariums world-wide.

Ms. Thompson has worked on various planetarium related projects including “A Study on Vulnerability, Power, and Connection in the Planetarium,” “Fostering Scientists in the Dome: Cultivating the Characteristics of a Scientist,” “GIS Data to Planetarium Dome,” “To the Stars and Back: Exploring Our Planetary Backyard - Summer Science Camp for Middle School Girls at Ball State University and Pre-service Teacher Field Experience for Multicultural Education,” and “The Charles W. Brown Planetarium STEM Hands-On Activity Stations.”

In addition to her work at Ball State, Ms. Thompson is also a role model for the FabFems project, is active in the Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium (LIPS) and Data to Dome movements. She also serves on the International Planetarium Society Board and co-chairs their Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Standing Committee. She enjoys skating and leading practices for Muncie’s Cornfed Derby Dames, being creative, and making lasting connections.
Working outdoors, Pets, Travel, Sports
Race & Ethnicity 
Level of Participation 
Field trip participation, Online role model, Summer camp visit
My Experience 
I am a new Role Model.
No Preference
Career exploration activities, Field trip hosting, Fun demonstrations or materials, Funding opportunities, Hands-on activities for students, Identifying other role models
Program Affiliation 
Other Program Affiliation 
Museum Alliance (NASA)

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