The dedicated construction and technology teams are still hard at work completing the final phases of creation for the new Scobee Education Center on the San Antonio College campus. The planetarium and new Challenger Learning Center are not yet open for school groups or public visits.
After nearly two years of development and construction, the majestic Charles E. Cheever Jr. Star Tower rises over the surrounding landscape to welcome visitors to our new facility and provide for our new state-of-the-art observation tower and star party observation deck.
The historic Scobee Planetarium which has served thousands of San Antonians for the past fifty years has been completely renovated to comfortably transport the next generation of star gazers into the heavens. Its expanded aluminized dome glistens in the sunlight on the outside of the complex, while a model of the Challenger orbiter silently soars over the recognizable white dome on the building interior dramatically illuminated by transformative lighting.
The Scobee Education Center includes a new member to our celestial family as the Challenger Learning Center, formerly located at Brooks Air Force Base, opens with a design unique to San Antonio. Teams will take the roles of station and mission control crews as they enter simulators designed to transport the participants into the future. Applying science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills through teamwork and creative problem-solving scenarios will afford unique and memorable experiences to enhance lifelong learning in these important career fields.
The Scobee Education Center will hold its Grand Opening ceremonies on October 31, 2014 with free public planetarium programs that afternoon and throughout the day on Saturday, November 1st. Look to this web site and your area news outlets for more information as the date approaches.
**Special note: The Scobee Education Center at San Antonio College is temporarily closed for renovations and construction until November of 2014. The Mt. San Antonio College Randall Planetarium is located in California and not associated with the Scobee education Center in San Antonio, TX.
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