Scobee Education Center
Scobee Planetarium public hours of operation: Fridays, 6:00-9:00pm See the programming schedule below.
Challenger Learning Center missions are only available through pre-registrations by school and civic groups. Special public CLC missions are flown on a per person ticket basis and announced via Facebook and on this web site.
Teacher Pre-Mission Workshop for the Fall
Right now, ISD's are registering their classes for Challenger Learning Center missions through the ISD Contact for the 2015-16 school year. Submit your registration form before Sept. 30th to have a better chance of acquiring your choice of dates.
Teachers are required to attend a Saturday Pre-Mission Workshop to provide the TEK aligned instructional materials and the management considerations for their missions. October 3, 2015 from 8am to 4pm is the workshop scheduled to serve teachers planning to bring their classes between Oct 2015 through Feb 2016. The next pre-mission workshop will be scheduled for January 16, 2016. Teachers may indicate their preference for dates on their registration forms, but this Oct 3 date was added to accommodate teachers unable to attend the late August date.
Check with your ISD Science or curriculum contacts to learn about the Najim Foundation grant to fund two teachers' classes at a Title I school for a Challenger Mission at Scobee.
Contact Jennifer Becerra at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Scobee Education Center Planetarium Programming for October 2015.
The Scobee Education Center is located on the campus of San Antonio College with a new postal address at 1819 N. Main Ave.
Our building is approximately 1 block east of the intersection of San Pedro Ave. and West Park Street.
Our phone number is 210-486-0100. Look for the "silver" observatory dome atop the blue Charlie Cheever Star Tower.
Link to Google map of Scobee Education Center.
The Scobee Education Center Planetarium will be open for public programming on Fridays for the following dates: September 25 The center is not open on weekends, except for special events.
6:30 PM "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket" – Prepare to blast-off! "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket" is our children's show in October. Embark on a celestial adventure as two children spend a night touring the solar system inside their "cardboard spaceship" guided by their navigator - a talking astronomy book. Produced with state of the art animation, astronauts young and old will enjoy this imaginary journey to the sun and each of the planets. Even recently reclassified Pluto is not forgotten on our journey. Appropriate for grades K-3. *Family
Show. All Ages Admitted – 6:30pm show
ONLY. Tickets go on sale at 6:00PM. *The Scobee Education Center will continue piloting the no age restriction policy for the 6:30pm program through September. Children under 4 may sit on a parent's lap and not be charged the $4 ticket. If the child under 4 sits in a seat, the $4 ticket charge applies. The success of this effort is dependent upon parents' ability to assess their children's ability to tolerate the darkness and loud sounds of the planetarium environment and compliance with the under 4 lap policy.
7:30 PM - “THE SKY TONIGHT” - This program takes the
audience on a “live” tour of the wonders of the San Antonio late summer/early autumn sky. The show
highlights the Moon, the evening and morning planets, plus we’ll identify
several of the brightest stars and constellations visible in the current night
sky. The Sky Tonight is a
"live" lecture and is back by popular request. Children must be 6 and above to attend. Tickets go on sale at 7:00pm.
9:00PM - "Black Holes" - Our most complex show! Take a journey through one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe: a black hole. Where do they come from? Where do they go? How do we find them? Is there a black hole in Earth's future? Use=ing the latest full-dome animation visualization technology, explore with us the science and mystery of "Black Holes!" This program is narrated by actor John de Lancie, a.k.a. "Q" of Star Trek.."Black Holes" - not even curiosity can escape! Children must
be 6 and above to attend. Tickets go
on sale at 8:30pm.
please do not ask us to waive the age restriction for the 7:30pm and 9:00pm
Planetarium programs tickets - Cash or Check Only. Ticket sales begin 30 minutes prior to show time at the Ticket Office. No Credit Cards are accepted at this time. Capacity is exactly 100 seats. Come early, as programs sell out to capacity audiences regularly. Shows start promptly and late admission is not permitted. Tickets and seating are "first come-first served." No reservations taken, unless you book a birthday party with our center that includes a planetarium presentation.
Children age 4 through 17 - $4.00 per show
Adults age 18 and above - $5.00 per show
Seniors 65 and above - $4.00 per show
Military with ID - $4.00 per show
Students, faculty, & staff of Alamo Colleges $2.00 per show with current ID card.
New Z2 Spacesuit Photo exhibit
During our Grand Opening last fall, Dr. Vela, president of San Antonio College, received numerous glowing comments from Scobee patrons about the Mark III spacesuit we borrowed from the Johnson Space Center in Houston. After it was returned, Dr. Vela authorized the fabrication of a new photo spacesuit exhibit to take its place. This new exhibit makes its debut the evening Aug. 28th for the Scobee Planetarium patrons attending the evening's programs.
The Z2 is a unique design that combines many of the better features of the award winning Z1 suit and modifications that will complement use with exploration vehicles on distant worlds. The early design is planned for testing aboard the International Space Station in 2017.
The space suit worn by "Buzz Lightyear" resembles this design, so we are sure you will find it to be futuristic in appearance and a fun photo spot in our center.
A Special Costume Mission is Lurking
Watch this page and our Facebook site for more information on a much anticipated special Grown-up Costume Mission to be flown the evening of October 30th. Space Aliens, Star Trek and Star Wars costumes are highly encouraged. More details coming soon!
For more information, visit our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/scobeeplanetarium