Scobee Education Center
The Scobee Education Center at San Antonio College is a 22,000 square foot facility combining the Scobee Planetarium, a first-of-its-kind, next-generation Challenger Learning Center and a rooftop star deck and observatory.
The Center was established in memory of the lives of the seven crew members of the Space Shuttle Challenger/STS-51L "Teacher in Space" mission and named after shuttle commander Francis R. (Dick) Scobee and his family. Both Commander Scobee and his wife, Dr. June Scobee Rodgers, were students at San Antonio College.
The Scobee Education Center aims to carry on the Space Shuttle Challenger crews educational mission - to spark interest and joy in science, technology, engineering and math. The Scobee Education Center is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults alike by fostering a love of science and astronomy through hands-on and minds-on experiential education.
Opened in October 2014, the Scobee Education Center has quickly become a hub for space science education in the South Texas region. For more information visit sacscobee.org.
- Immersive Simulation Experiences
- School and Public Planetarium Shows
- "Micronauts" Early Childhood Programs
- Corporate Team Building
- Public Missions
- Special Event Facility Rental
The Scobee Education Center and planetarium are closed on the following dates for college vacations, holidays and private events: April 14, April 28, November 24, December 22 & 29, 2017.
Since 1961, two million San Antonio school children and community members have learned about stars, planets, black holes and distant galaxies at the Scobee Planetarium. With the extensive renovation completed in 2014, the Scobee Planetarium now offers a more dynamic experience to even more visitors. Planetarium renovations include 100 individual reclined seats, a new light and sound system and the most advanced digital projection system.
In addition to daily field trip presentations for all grades, the Scobee Planetarium offers Friday night public presentations at 6:30 (Family Showing), 7:30 The Sky Tonight live presentation and 9:00 movie presentation. Children must be 6 yrs or older to be admitted to the 7:30 & 9:00pm programs.
Tickets are currently credit card, cash or check only and sold 30 minutes prior to the presentation in our ticket booth. Sorry, no debit sales at this time. All members of the party should be present when tickets are purchased, once the doors close, no one is admitted late to the presentation.
Challenger Learning Center
The Challenger Learning Center features an interactive computer simulator that transports students to a cutting edge Mission Control room and a high-tech Space Station.
The Challenger Learning Center serves primarily as a dynamic introduction to STEM careers for elementary and middle school students. Students work as teams of engineers and scientists, reinforcing their classroom science and math lessons as they work together to collect Earth science data such as effects of the water cycle on our planet and the relationship between our sun's energy and the Earth. They employ teamwork and practice effective communication as they build a new Earth Observing Satellite and launch it before returning to Earth. Recent cancellations have reopened two weeks of Challenger Missions April 11-13 & April 17-19, 2017. A two-hour mission is $500 and includes classroom materials made available through the Scobee Education Center's Educator web site. Please, contact director Rick Varner if you are interested in reserving dates and times for your class of 20-32 middle or high school students.
The Challenger Learning Center also hosts multiple missions open to the public throughout the year, as well as corporate team-building and training events. Information on the "Fiesta de La Tierra" Earth Day mission to be held on April 21 may be found at http://tinyurl.com/FiestadelaTierra2017 Don't be left at the launch pad of this unique experience.
Housed atop the iconic blue Charles E. Cheever Jr. Star Tower, the observatory houses a 10-inch refractor telescope and features a 360-degree rotating dome and panel that opens 90-degrees, enabling star gazing in any direction. The use of the Scanlan Foundation Observatory telescope typically follows the 9:00pm planetarium program on Friday evenings and is very much dependent upon the weather.
The adjacent Powell Star Deck accommodates up to 50 guests for a rooftop star gazing experience or an outdoor classroom for astronomy students.