March 17, 2011

Journey Museum

In June 2010, the Journey Museum began implementing Journey Into Space, an outreach program that utilizes the GeoDome Theater to improve student, educator, and general public understanding of earth/space science and its relationship to NASA goals and objectives. The Institute for Educational Leadership and Evaluation (IELE) in Rapid City is conducting a process and outcomes evaluation of the Journey Into Space Program.As of March 2011, Journey Into Space has provided programming to 14 Tribal, public, and private schools in South Dakota and has directly impacted 1,735 K-12 students and 62 educators in both formal and informal settings.

The Journey Museum is part of the Minnesota Regional Planetarium Network, a mix of fixed and portable GeoDome systems running Uniview, sharing costs and program development. Along with founding partner Minnesota Planetarium Society (now at the Bell Museum), these sites include GeoDome Evolvers at Mayo High School, Mankato East High School, Como Elementary, Southwest Minnesota State University, University of Wisconsin River Falls; GeoDome Theaters at North Dakota State University, and The Journey Museum; and a GeoDome Portal at Jackson Middle School Observatory.