We are Passionate About Inspiring & Demystifying Science 

Welcome to Ghana Planetarium Science Center!

The Beginning

The Ghana planetarium science center was founded by Dr. Jacob & Jane Ashong and constructed from their pension in 2009.

 

The Dream

We had dreamt of creating a Science Centre  and Planetarium for many years, but did not  have a site or funds.  

Dave Weinrich from  Minnesota came to Ghana at the time of the  solar eclipse, and we were then renting a  building with a large space at the back. Despite  a lack of funds, Dave committed to helping us  create a planetarium if we committed to  building it.

Donations Are Received

Following these commitments, through Dave’s  contacts and efforts, initiating, coordinating  and organising, we received some major  donations: in particular we received a  refurbished Mediaglobe projector from an  American planetarium, and Uniview software  from Sweden.

Jon Elvert and Carol Gikas of Irene W.  Pennington Planetarium, Louisiana, donated  the projector. Ken Yager and Elumenati  donated a laptop and we were supported by  Joel Halvorson of Minnesota Planetarium  Society, and Dave Burgess who organised an  Astronomy Club donation.

The Race To Complete

We raced to create a watertight cover for the  dome before the rainy season and before Dave  Weinrich returned to America.

Building Work Begins

Digging of the foundations began on Ghana’s  Independence Day, March 6th 2008. The floor  was concreted and the wall was constructed  with concrete blocks.  

The dome eventually took shape with metal  pipes forming the half-sphere like the segments  of an orange. Dave Weinrich arrived in May as  the domed roof  was being  constructed. Dave  showed us how to use the Mediaglobe Projector and the Uniview Software, and organised ‘domecast’ with international participants. The metal segments were lined with wooden  supports to hold sections of hardboard for the  interior surface.  

 

First Visitors & Official Opening

In October 2008, we had our first children’s group  visit. Soon afterwards, our first volunteer, Laura,  arrived from the UK and stayed for six weeks. Dave came back for the official opening on 22nd  January 2009 by The British High Commissioner  to Ghana, Dr Nicholas Westcott. Others present  were the French Ambassador, the Chief of  Nungua Accra and the Director of the British  Council in Ghana.   

Volunteers Fran and Pete were with us for six weeks in January and February, when we started having regular visits by classes of school children, ranging from age 4 upwards.

Groups from a Special School enjoyed the shows greatly and other
groups have been students, teachers, club members, families, and work groups. On some days we have had groups of 70 or more and have divided them into two groups, to take turns – one group doing activities in the summer hut where we have poster displays, with tasks and worksheets to complete, while the other group watches the digital planetarium show.

 

 

Grateful Thanks

For their fantastic encouragement long before  this building project started, we would like to  thank Ray Worthy and Peter Bassett.  For making everything possible, we are forever  indebted to Dave Weinrich. We are particularly  grateful to Jan Warnstam of SCISS for Uniview software, and to Joanne Young and Mark Zellers  of Audiovisual Imagineering, for refurbishing the  Mediaglobe projector and to Jon Elvert for  securing the donation of the projector.

Thanks are also due to:- 

Ken Yager, Carol Gikas, Joel Halvorson, Carter  Emmart, Dave Burgess, Nick Barton, Stuart Gold,  Laura Youngson, Frances Ling, Peter Sitch,  William Tackie, Mike Puplampu, The staff of  Quality Distance Learning (QDL) and family  members. 

Get In Touch with Us

Cantonments – Accra

12 Osu Avenue Extension, Cantonments

CT 7074

Phone Number

(233) 0540906817

Support

jane.ashong@ghanaplanetarium.com

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