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Topping out ceremony…

Topping out ceremony at SAC to mark progress of Challenger Learning Center/Scobee Planetarium.
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Topping out ceremony 09-26-13

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San Antonio College will hold a topping out ceremony for the Challenger Learning Center/Scobee Planetarium Complex. The public is invited to attend and see the progress made on the project.

The Scobee Planetarium Complex is scheduled to open to the public in Spring 2014.


Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013
9:30 a.m.


San Antonio College
1300 San Pedro Ave., 78212
(Parking at Lot 21, W. Park & San Pedro Ave.)


Speakers will include:

  •       Dr. Robert Zeigler, president San Antonio College;
  •       Dr. June Scobee Rodgers, founding chair of Challenger Center;
  •       Jim Perschbach, chair Challenger Advisory Committee;
  •       U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX, 21st District), Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee.


Robin Collett, 210-486-0956



Total cost of project is estimated at $12 million. The Scobee renovation is $5 million, which has already been obtained through the Alamo Community College District Maintenance Tax notes.  A  $7 million fund-raising goal includes the Challenger Learning Center and the endowment for perpetual funding.  

Challenger Center will engage students and teachers in dynamic, hands-on exploration and discovery opportunities through simulated space missions and will serve as an integral part of the college’s mission of narrowing the skills gap by preparing the San Antonio workforce for aerospace engineering, science and technology jobs.

The remodeled Scobee Planetarium Complex will feature a renovated theater with a new domed screen, new lighting and sound system, and expanded seating arrangement. The observatory telescope will move to a third story with an adjoining ‘Star Party’ deck. The new forward facing reclining seats will provide best views of the simulated night sky.  The facility will also feature a museum lobby exhibition area, gift shop, and classrooms.