Jackson Middle School Observatory joined the GeoDome Network in May 2011, adding a Portal and Uniview to their state-of-the-art learning facility in Champlin, MN.
A GeoDome Portal in the Observatory classroom welcomes about 125 students a day and hosts additional shows during evening hours. “It’s a permanent part of our classroom, I haven’t taken it down since it arrived,” said Planetarium Director and “astro-minded” educator Dee McClellan, whose students tell her that the Observatory is one of their favorite places to go. A local Minnesota show, Life To The Max, visited the middle school and captured some of what makes the Observatory special – the video clip can be seen here.
Jackson Middle School Observatory is part of the Minnesota Regional Planetarium Network, a mix of fixed and portable GeoDome systems running Uniview, sharing costs and program development. Along with founding partner Minnesota Planetarium Society (now at the Bell Museum), these sites include GeoDome Evolvers at Mayo High School, Mankato East High School, Como Elementary, Southwest Minnesota State University, University of Wisconsin River Falls; and GeoDome Theaters at the University of North Dakota, and The Journey Museum.