Arkansas students rank 41st in Math and Science.  With your help we’re working to change that. 
We have an unique sponsorship opportunity to bring the excitement of space and STEM to Arkansas students.

 

Opportunity #1: Digital Portable Planetarium System: $35,000


Special Demo: A representative is flying to Arkansas from Seattle on Thursday April 12th to Demo this system.  We’d like any potential sponsors to participate so you can see why we are excited about the potential of bringing this technology to Arkansas.

Using space to get students excited about science.

Growing Excitement:  By the spring of 2017 we raised the money to purchase a used Starlab portable planetarium system and began doing school and public programs.  In less than a year we have conducted programs for 5,000 students, scouts, and families.  We did these not only in Arkansas, but also E. Oklahoma and S. Missouri, areas like our state, that don’t have access to many resources like this.   As word spreads we are on pace to do even more programs this year.  We have dates for schools / groups in Arkansas and E. Oklahoma into October!

 

You can learn more about our current programs: http://arkansassky.com/programs/

A video demonstration of the system we’re seeking to bring to our state.

Learn more at their website:
http://www.digitaliseducation.com/index

The Need: The Starlab is a good system and we are getting great feedback from our programs.  The main limitation to the Starlab projector is that it is essentially a light bulb with a film canister over it.   You can see it pictured to the right.  While it does a great job projecting the stars, with a digital system we can do so much more.  As you can see in the video to the right you can not only show the sky, you can zoom into objects, go forward / backward in time, etc.  We can also use it to show professionally produced planetarium programming to bring to our students the same shows / resources that are available in the largest planetariums in the world.

One of the biggest challenges we face is space!  Schools want to take advantage of our visit by having the most students participate as possible.   Our current limiting size is the planetarium which can only seat 25 students.  As part of the upgrade we want to go to a large dome that can accommodate up to 40 students.  Allowing us the opportunity to reach even more students.

Our current star projector

Promotion Opportunity

Sponsoring the new SkyDome is a great public outreach opportunity for a business.

  • Dome Branding

We will place your company logo on the outside of the dome for our thousands of annual visitors to see your support for science and education.

  • Promotional Bookmark

     

    Each visitor will receive a SkyDome bookmark.  On the front will be facts about space.  The back will feature facts about the SkyDome and include your logo / website / corporate coupon, etc. 

  • Sponsorship Recognition

    We’ll place a “Sponsored by:” your name / logo on SkyDome promotional and educational materials and on our website for first two years.

 

Making a Difference: A testimonial

Vision Works of Conway sponsored our solar telescope.

Most of our school programs are during the daytime and we want to show the students things in the sky as much as in the planetarium.  Since Vision Works donated our solar telescope hundreds of students have had the chance to safely look at the Sun.   Each student then receives a bookmark with solar facts, sun safety information and the company’s information.

Students constantly remark about how neat it is to look through the telescope. 
For many of them it is their first time to look through one.

 

Thank you again for coming out to our family night! Everyone loved the items you had on display and your amazing planetarium!” – 5th grade teacher

Opportunity #2: GPS Telescope: $2,500


  • Need
    The majority of our programs are conducted during the daytime. We have a solar telescope for viewing the Sun, but we want to show students more.  Venus, Jupiter, Mars and the brightest stars are visible in the daytime sky with a telescope. The challenge is finding them.  The GPS telescope can automatically find them and let students actually see the objects we talk about in the planetarium and help them realize they are still there in the daytime sky.
  • Promotional Bookmark

    Each visitor will receive a SkyDome bookmark.  On the front will be facts about space.  The back will feature facts about the SkyDome and include your logo / website / corporate coupon, ect. We’ll pass out 2 bookmarks for each dollar you contribute. In this case 5,000 bookmarks.

  • Sponsorship Recognition

    We’ll place a “Sponsored by:” your name / logo on SkyDome promotional and educational materials and on our website.

 

If you are interested in sponsoring either of these pieces of equipment, interested in attending the Demo on April 12th, or donating to the SkyDome Program please contact Stephen at: observatory@arkansassky.com or 501.314.9250