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Cram Science Hall crammed for Open House

All manner of sciences were on display during Tuesday evening's Open House in Cram Science Hall at Emporia State University.

 

The evening involved tours of the Johnston Geology Museum, the Schmidt Biology Museum, and the Peterson Planetarium. Planetarium Director Dr. Susan Aber says she was thrilled with the throngs of people who attended, and she hopes they come back in the fall to check out the planetarium's new programming.

This new programming would cater to the many school groups who visit, as well as the general public. The Peterson Planetarium was built in 1959, and was the third planetarium ever built in the state.

Leadership Emporia alumni have been the lead benefactors for two years now in promoting the planetarium and helping to improve their equipment and programming. The last update took place in 1996.

Among those in attendance were ESU professor Dr. Kevin Rabas and his 10-year old son, Elliot. Elliot says he wants to be a scientist when he grows up, and he enjoyed visiting the planetarium.

Kevin Rabas said he's fascinated by the night sky, and he's glad that the planetarium will be getting a "reboot."

Children and their parents could also view chemistry experiments, check out fossils and minerals, and view both live and dissected reptiles.

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