Edgerton Explorit Center Stars Come Out Holiday Gala

DECEMBER 2, 2016

It is vital to our community, state and country to engage and excite our youth about science.   In a fast-changing world facing important issues, we need to inspire science, technology, math and engineering (STEM) minded children to become future problem-solvers and scientists.

The Edgerton Explorit Center is committed to providing unmatched science education for students and residents not just here in Aurora but throughout Nebraska.  In 2015, we served over 175,000 students, teachers and individuals across the state of Nebraska and are on pace to surpass those numbers in 2016.  The center depends on donations, grants, memberships, programming fees and center entrance fees to operate. Edgerton staff works hard to serve as many people as possible, and both attendance at the center and demand for our Edgerton on the Move (EOTM) programs continues to increase. However, as costs also increase we struggle finding the necessary funding for programming.   

We need your help!   On December 2nd, we host our annual fundraiser and ask for your financial support that keeps our educational program going.

The holiday celebration fundraiser includes a meal catered by The Leadership Center, wine provided by Prairie Creek Vineyards, and some fun holiday twists. Attire for evening is encourage to be crazy sweaters which will include a sweepstakes/contest with a 50" Smart TV for the winner.   We will again host the ever lively dessert auction plus live and silent auctions including personal items of "Doc" Edgerton donated by his family.  You also get a chance to hear from Dan Glomski, Edgerton Educator and astronomer, regarding the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017.


Total Solar Eclipse

One of the rarest and most spectacular sights in nature, the path of a total solar eclipse visits Aurora and the Edgerton Explorit Center! During the early afternoon, the Moon completely covers the Sun for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. A total solar eclipse has not occurred over this area since 1194, and will not occur again until 2744. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event, and thousands of people from across and country and around the world will travel thousands to miles to be inside the path of the Moon's shadow!

Edgerton mad scientist and educator Dan Glomski is a longtime amateur astronomer and planetarium educator who has conducted many nighttime stargazing and daytime sunviewing sessions. Dan can tell you how spectacular the total eclipse will be -- he's seen one!

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  • Party Room
  • Personalized Cake, Ice Cream and Drinks
  • 30 minute Science Demonstration
  • Birthday message displayed on electronic sign
  • Complimentary Goody Bags ($5 value)

*$150.00 for Edgerton members / $200 for non-members
$8.00 for each additional party guest
$6.25 regular admission fee for adults
*parents and grandparents of birthday boy/girl admitted free.

Additional Costs:
$40.00 for additional science demonstration or lab


The Super Science Saturday focuses on our mission of adding hands-on science engagement and learning for all ages. This program in created to offer an opportunity for family learning, and is taught by out mad scientists, invited scientists, or topic professionals.

This program runs from 1:30-3:30pm at the Edgerton Explorit Center unless otherwise specified. Free to members, topic vary as do dates, so please like and follow us on Facebook, or sign up for our text reminders:

Sept. 10th - Harry Potter and Science
Come fake some movie magic using science! We will make crystal tree kits to do at home, make some chemistry magic and more!

Oct. 29th - Laser Show!
Spectacular full-color laser shows make their return to the Whisper Dome.

Nov. 19th - Kitchen Chemistry
In the kitchen, chefs mix different ingredients together. That's exactly what chemistry is all about! We'll whip up some edible concoctions and learn the science behind them.

Dec. 10th - Christmas Party
Santa's workshop has moved to the Edgerton Explorit Center for the day. Come join Santa's elves for some DIY Day fun!  Gingerbread houses, ornaments, and SANTA! 

Jan. 14th - Art in Science
Doc Edgerton was as well known for his art as for his contributions to science. For this lab, we are going to have some visiting artists bring in their art and we will look at how science is in art, and art in science. 

Feb. 4th - Electricity
An important part of modern living, we will be learning more about what electricity is, the different kinds of electricity and putting our new knowledge to use.

Mar. 11th - Reptiles
Ssssome people are ssssuper fanssss of reptiles, but we think they are awessssome. We will even have ssssssome guests to get truly handssss on.

April. 8th - The Sun and the Great American Eclipse
One of nature's rarest sights, a total solar eclipse visits Nebraska on August 21, 2017. We'll help prepare you for this spectacular event with the help of the center's new inflatable planetarium!

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