Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Dr. June Scobee Rodgers at SAC

Please plan to visit the Scobee Planetarium at San Antonio College on Friday, Feb. 18 starting at 5:30 p.m.


Book signing with June Scobee Rodgers, Ph.D.
in conjunction with Scobee Planetarium Friday Public Shows at San Antonio College.

In her new book, “Silver Linings: My Life Before and After Challenger 7,” June Scobee Rodgers, Ph.D., shares her inspiring story as the wife of the Challenger commander, and as founder of the nonprofit Challenger Center for Space Science Education.

Dr. Scobee Rodgers also works with New York Times Best-Selling Authors Rebecca Moesta & Kevin J. Anderson for “Star Challengers,” an exciting, new young adult fiction series that NASA Astronaut Neil Armstrong says, “takes young readers up into space, onto the moon, and to the boundaries of their imaginations. It’s the next best thing to being there.”


Friday, Feb. 18
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. book signing
(Books will be available for purchase during this time)

Planetarium shows:
6:30 p.m. - "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket" for children age 4 and up
7:45 p.m. - "Violent Universe” for ages 6 and up
9 p.m. - "Seven Wonders" for ages 6 and up
Weather permitting, following the last show, the observatory opens for free celestial viewing through the telescope.

Ticket prices:
Free for SAC and Alamo Colleges students and employees with ID
$2 – children, 4 to 17
$5 – adults, 18-54
$3 – seniors, 55+
All proceeds from this special night will be donated to the proposed Challenger Learning Center at the San Antonio College Scobee Planetarium.

Scobee Planetarium at San Antonio College
1300 San Pedro Ave., 78212
(building is located off San Pedro Ave. at W. Park in lot #21)

June Scobee-Rodgers, Ph.D. is the widow of Francis R. “Dick” Scobee, commander of the Space Shuttle Challenger. He also is the former SAC student for whom the Planetarium at San Antonio College is named. June is also the founding director and chair of the non-profit Challenger Center for Space Science Education that was started in 1986 to honor the astronauts and teacher Christa McAuliffe, and continue their mission of education.

The U.S. Department of Education has recognized the Challenger Center as one of the country’s most innovative projects for teaching science and math.

Holding a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and a Master's degree from Chapman College, both in Curriculum and Instruction, June is proud of the fact that she has taught in every grade-level classroom from kindergarten through college.

From www.silverliningsbook.com
“ Twenty-five years after the very public tragedy of the space shuttle Challenger, June Scobee Rodgers has written her private story—her winding path through childhood poverty, homelessness, and family dysfunction to her teenage marriage and twenty-six years of love and life with Dick Scobee.

This is the story, too, of that heartbreaking day in January 1986 when Commander Scobee and his six crewmates slipped the surly bonds of Earth. That day, June's life took a new direction that ultimately led to the creation of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education and to new love and new life with (Army Lieutenant General) Don Rodgers.

Her story of faith and triumph over adversity will inspire readers of every age.”

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