Our Team of Volunteer TeachersSue, Elaine, Mary Jo, Ellen

Programs are being designed and led by volunteers, Elaine Hendrickson, Suzanne Beaudet, Mary Jo Badger, Roger Libby and Ellen Helstrom.

Miss Elaine, Volunteer Program Coordinator, is a retired middle school educator, 2001 Maine Teacher of the Year, and an outdoor enthusiast.

Miss Suzanne is a retired Professor of Exercise Science from UMPI who helped to bring the outdoor education lab to the campus, and has been a camp counselor and an outdoor educator for the Girl Scouts for 60+ years.  

Miss Mary Jo, our projectionist in the Planetarium, is a retired middle school Special Education Teacher, Adult Basic Education Coordinator and avid crafter.  


The Francis Malcolm Science Center (FMSC) with the only planetarium found north of Bangor has come to the attention of the National Academies and NASA due to the assistance of Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) and the success of the eclipse activities in preparation for the April 8, 2024 total eclipse.   

Educators, traditional and nontraditional were invited to come to one of two sessions of Trek to Totality focusing on training the trainers about an eclipse.   Programs featuring the fulldome program “Totality” produced by Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) in conjunction with Rice University and ePlanetarium was shown to 1,992 people. In additions to viewing “Totality,” students attending the science center on classroom field trips were given instruction on protecting their eyes during the eclipse, what to expect during totality, and how the animals will react during the three minutes of darkness.      

Mr Roger is a retired Chemical Engineer who worked for Kodak and avid astromoner who assists us with Full Dome presentations.  

Miss Ellen is a retired middle school educator assisting with groups visiting the Science Center, loves meeting teachers who value the benefits of outdoor education and hanging out with excited students who come to FMSC.  

jim steppMr Jim is our resident astromoner who volunteers weekends to show 
planetarium programs. 

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