Motoring Monday: Banner Creek Science Center and Observatory
The Banner Creek Science Center and Observatory
encourages people to come for the stars, stay for the science. The center
offers astronomy and science classes and seminars designed to, “ignite curiosity,
stimulate interest and make learning fun.” The public is also invited to look
through one of several observatory telescopes or enjoy clear-sky viewing
outdoors with portable reflector telescopes. It is located about two miles southwest of Holton.
It was originally known as the Elk Creek Observatory and
was founded in 2000. It became the only high school-owned observatory in the
world. USD 336 assisted with the funding for the building, which was designed
and built by a woodworking class.
The goal is to develop a full-time, low-cost curriculum for students of
the schools, colleges and universities in the area, as well as informative
mini-seminars for children and adults.