March 17, 2011

Mankato East High School

Mankato East High School upgraded its existing 9m Spitz planetarium in 2008 with the GeoDome Evolver and Uniview, adding its interactivity and networking capabilities. In its installation, the Omnifocus 200 series projection system is placed behind and slightly above the Spitz A3P starball, allowing great dome coverage and keeping the front central region open for seating. The two projectors do not operate simultaneously.

Mankato 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, 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.