Northwest Arkansas group pursuing site for science center

Posted: February 17, 2018 at 1 a.m.

Colt Longnecker (left) and Clint Branham with Supporting STEM & Space rig a section of telescope with lifting straps Saturday, July 29, 2017, as volunteers unload the giant telescope for temporary storage at 8th Street Market in Bentonville. Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Penn. donated the 106-year-old telescope to Supporting STEM & Space, inc., a Northwest Arkansas nonprofit, in April on the stipulation that the nonprofit would pay for transport. The nonprofit plans to restore the 36 foot long, 24 inch diameter refractor telescope and make it the centerpiece of a future science education center with a planetarium and observatory.
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Colt Longnecker (left) and Clint Branham with Supporting STEM & Space rig a section of telescope with lifting straps Saturday, July 29, 2017, as volunteers unload the giant telescope for temporary storage at 8th Street Market in Bentonville. Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Penn. donated the 106-year-old telescope to Supporting STEM & Space, inc., a Northwest Arkansas nonprofit, in April on the stipulation that the nonprofit would pay for transport. The nonprofit plans to restore the 36 foot long, 24 inch diameter refractor telescope and make it the centerpiece of a future science education center with a planetarium and observatory.

Leaders of a group of Northwest Arkansas science enthusiasts said they're negotiating to buy land along the Interstate 49 corridor to build a center.

NWA Space Fundraiser

What: Scoping Out the Moon

When: 6-8 p.m., Feb. 28

Where: Ramo d’Olivio, 217 S. Main St., Bentonville

Why: To raise money for a proposed science center

Source: Staff report

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