|Even our three future engineers of American, known for their ability to get to the guts of any device in a matter of seconds, were thwarted by the durability and quality of the new exhibits. I could walk away and not worry one bit.|
Our sixth grade from Renaissance Academy visited Clark Planetarium last Friday. I was concerned. Don't get me wrong, we have a great group of younglings; 93 in fact. They can be good and they can be rambunctious depending on the barometric pressure and moon phase. I worried if the Imax movie and planetarium exhibits would be enough to keep them engaged. That concern was a waste of of emotion. The new exhibits were fantastic!
We arrived, we unloaded. we descended into the lobby and had the official greeting from the planetarium's staff. So far so good. I had my stern teacher face on when she let go of the leash and let them scatter. In a matter of seconds RA students were dispersed on all three floors.
My concern was quickly put to rest when I saw our students engaged with natural curiosity. They were moving from exhibit to exhibit taking time to read, try out, and learn. I shouldn't have worried, after all, half the students are members of the school's Space Academy Young Astronauts Club. Space is something they're familiar with. They came already curious about the infinite cosmos.
I was a member of Clark Planetarium's Advisory Board a few years ago. During my tenure on the board I recall discussing exhibit replacements during our monthly meetings. The cost was an issue along with durability and educational value. Now that the exhibits are in, I have nothing but praise to give the planetarium's staff. They are the best I've seen. The kids loved them and were disappointed when I ordered them to the bus for the return trip home.
Please visit the Clark Planetarium located in the Gateway Center. Spend time with the exhibits with your kids, students, or grandchildren. See what true imagineering looks like. Thank you Clark Planetarium and Salt Lake County for bringing the world's best to Utah.
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