As a neighbor in Tobin Hill it never ceases to amaze me the amount of really nice attractions we have literally in our backyard. One that I learned of recently is the Scobee Education Center with the state of the Art Planetarium. 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 “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 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.
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 relation-
ship 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. 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.
San Antonio College President Dr. Robert Vela has extended an invitation to host the next THCA public meeting in the Scobee Learning Center. This will be taking place on July 28th at 6 p.m. I am incredibly excited and you should be too!
I look forward to seeing each of you there!
Until next time!