Learning Technologies, Inc. Appoints Michael A. Marks to Sell Portable Planetariums in New England

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Michael Marks of Dedham, Mass will be the exclusive Maine, Massachusets, New Hampshire, and Vermont distributor for Starlabs portable planatariums.

Learning Technologies, Inc. (LTI), a global-leader in portable planetarium systems, has appointed Michael (Mike) A. Marks as exclusive STARLAB® systems representative in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Marks will sell and support their STARLAB line of portable planetariums.

“New Englanders have been showing increasing interest in our products, so they now have a local resource to support them. With the appointment of Mike, we can now serve and expand our customer base tremendously,” said Jane Sadler, LTI president. “He is the kind of high-energy, knowledgeable, customer-service oriented individual LTI covets to cover its customer base and build new relationships in our target markets such as educational institutions,” she continued.

Marks, a resident of Dedham, Mass., is also president and chief astronomer of a complementary business, The Sky Connection, which provides hands-on astronomy experiences for camps, schools, nature centers, and other organizations and gatherings. He previously held marketing, engineering, and training positions at Invensys, a global engineered products firm, which has its U.S. headquarters in Foxboro, Mass. For more information about The Sky Connection visit http://www.theskyconnection.com.

About STARLAB Portable Planetariums

STARLAB systems consist of an inflatable dome and an advanced projector equipped with interchangeable cylinders that define the program content reflected from the dome’s interior. The dome comes in two sizes that accommodate groups ranging up to 70 individuals depending on the mix of adults and children. Two projector technologies cover the most demanding small planetarium applications. More than two-dozen cylinders provide content for space science in the northern and southern hemispheres; earth science including weather, geology, ocean currents, and plate tectonics; biology; mythology from around the world; global bird migration. For specialized topics, one can create one’s own programs using a transparent cylinder.

In addition to the equipment, LTI provides its STARLAB customers with comprehensive training and application and programming manuals linked to national learning standards and curriculum frameworks. Many educational community members and STARLAB users contributed to the creation of this support material. Visit the LTI Web site at http://www.starlab.com or call 800-537-8703 for more information about STARLAB.

Learning Technologies, Inc. has been dedicated to the manufacture and distribution of educational materials for the teaching of science with a focus on astronomy since 1977. Their goal is to provide innovative, high-quality, affordable tools and materials to educators that foster interactive and hands-on learning while motivating students of all

ages. Their products reflect their belief that students will better learn a concept when they explore and then test their own theories using minds-on tools and materials that challenge, inspire and generate enthusiasm. LTI also aims to contribute astronomy education opportunities where they may never have existed previously. Dedication to the education market and constant customer-driven innovation over the past twenty-seven years contributed to their commanding global position in providing portable planetariums. An estimated 12 million people of all ages annually participate in STARLAB programs internationally.

STARLAB is a registered trademark of Learning Technologies, Inc.

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