As part of its business deal last year with the Oakland school district, to which it still owed $8 million for a construction loan, the Chabot Space & Science Center agreed to offer free field trips to Oakland’s public schools. (Before, it had offered a discounted rate.)
This week, Chabot’s director of institutional advancement reported that 9,655 Oakland students visited the center during the 2010-11 school year, a 35 percent jump from the year before.
UPDATE: The above figures include private school visits. For the Oakland school district alone, the increase was 41 percent — 8,759 field trip visitors in 2010-11, compared to 6,215 in 2009-10.
Robert Ade, the center’s communications and media coordinator, attributed the increased participation to the new policy. Before, he said, “It was prohibitive for some schools to even think about a field trip here.”
Ade noted that AC Transit runs a bus to the center from the Fruitvale BART station.
Watching the final space shuttle launch? If you want some company, Chabot is broadcasting NASA feeds in its megadome theater starting at 7:30 Friday morning (or whenever Florida weather permits) and will have astronomers on hand to answer questions. The event is $10 and includes an all-day pass.
NOTE: If the launch is postponed, the event will be too. Check the Chabot website before you head up the hill.
The above photo was provided by the Chabot Space and Science Center.