Space Exhibit Development for the Museum of the Rockies

PI: Mr. James G. Manning, Planetarium Director, Taylor Planetarium, Museum of the Rockies

The Museum of the Rockies, with its strong education and outreach programs in astronomy and space science, its educational links with NASA, and its mission and long-term exhibit plan including strong science objectives, is uniquely positioned to make an important contribution to aerospace education. This project proposes to use these assets to develop a prototype educational exhibit to advance stated Montana Space Grant Consortium goals, using the staff and facility resources of the museum and expertise in the science education and aerospace fields.

The proposal seeks to crate a prototype exhibit on astronomy and space incorporating current theory and satellite and spacecraft observations. Elements will include a mural on the evolution of the universe, a telescope display, interactive computer stations covering space topics, and take-away elements. NASA and related materials keying on the exhibit will be adapted for use by school and public visitors, and will be included in the museum's Starlab and Traveling Telescopes programs for state-wide distribution. The exhibit will be tested by student and public visitors and in teacher workshops. Following assessment and revision, these elements will become the basis of a long-term space exhibit called "The Big Sky" developed as part of the museum's permanent exhibit plan.

Contact Information

Mail: Mr. James G. Manning, Planetarium Director
Museum of the Rockies
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717
Phone: (406) 994-6874
FAX: (406) 994-2682

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