Fernbank Science Center Faculty

April Whitt

April Whitt

Phone: 678-874-7148

April Whitt has served as astronomy instructor at Fernbank Science Center since 1994. Her graduate work as a Morehead Fellow in Planetarium Administration at UNC Chapel Hill furthered her love of sharing the night sky with students, teachers and the general public. From Chapel Hill, she and her husband moved to Princeton, New Jersey, where April worked with Dr. Gerard K. O’Neill at the Space Studies Institute. In 1983, a dream opportunity came true when she joined the astronomy staff at Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois. Organizing events for the Voyager fly-by of Uranus and Neptune, and the excitement of Comet Halley, were highlights. The Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica (CARA) students were a challenge and a joy during summer camps at Yerkes Observatory in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and led to a short stint at the South Pole over Christmas 1993. April has served as Educator Fellow with NASA’s MESSENGER mission to the planet Mercury, the New Horizons fly-by of Pluto, and most recently as Airborne Astronomy Ambassador with NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). She edits two columns for the quarterly journal of the International Planetarium Society, and contributes to newsletters for three regional planetarium associations.

April develops and teaches lessons in the Jim Cherry Memorial planetarium, travels with the portable StarLab to kindergarten and fourth grade classes, researches and presents public programs, and supervises the planetarium interns.