Fernbank Science Center

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Fernbank Science Center
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Established 1967; 47 years ago (1967)
Location 156 Heaton Park Drive NE
Atlanta
United States
Coordinates 33°46′43″N 84°19′05″W / 33.77855°N 84.318089°W / 33.77855; -84.318089
Type Science museum
Director Douglas Hrabe
Owner DeKalb County School System
Website Fernbank Science Center

The Fernbank Science Center is a museum, classroom, and woodland complex located in Atlanta. It is owned and operated by DeKalb County School System, which announced in May 2012 it was considering closing the facility to cut its annual budget, then quickly shelved the plan after public outcry. The nearby Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a private non-profit organization that is separate from the Science Center.

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The Fernbank Science Center opened in December 1967, and is an educational facility and an integral part of the DeKalb County School System. It provides programs for the science education of local students, pre-K-12. Both its planetarium and observatory are open for public shows on specific occasions.[1]

The mission of the Science Center is to provide and promote an understanding of science and technology and to communicate to its visitors the harmony and order of the natural world. Fernbank contains many materials for instruction, including dinosaur skeletons, rocks and minerals, a collection of tektites, an Aeronautics Education Laboratory and an electron microscope lab. The center also has an authentic Apollo spacecraft from the unmanned Apollo 6 Saturn V test flight and is home to a planetarium with a 70-foot (21 m)-diameter projection dome.


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