Monday, May 30, 2005


Resources: Exploration Place and Stars Over Kansas

The antics of the Kansas board of education have given the state an anti-science reputation. This is highly ironic given that Kansas is home to a number of world-class science education resources. The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson and the Sternberg Museum in Hays are but two examples.

Exploration Place in Wichita is another. Exploration Place features a state of the art digital planetarium called the CyberDome Theater. It's one of the world's best astronomy theaters, and the largest domed theater in Kansas.

Now, they've started Stars Over Kansas, a new blog devoted to promoting astronomy news and information, and getting people involved in science through participation.

The antiscience crowd grouped around the Discovery Institute is opening a new front to challenge Physics and Astronomy with the screening of "The Privileged Planet: The Search for Purpose in the Universe."

First class science resources -- such as Exploration Place -- that talk to people about subjects like the age of the Universe, the vast distances involved in space, other planets and their evolution over billions of years, will help people understand the huge amount of scientific evidence supporting evolution and the natural history of the Earth.

Take a look at the Stars over Kansas blog, and next time you're in Wichita, visit Exploration Place -- it's an especially good place to take the kids.


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