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Science Central’s sphere receives award

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Science Central is in the former City Light & Power plant at 1950 N Clinton St. It offers hands-on science exhibits noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wednesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday during the school year. Regular admission is ages 3 and older, $8; ages 2 and under, free; and ages 65 and older, $7. For discounts and information, call Science Central at 424-2400 or go to

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 6:17 am

Science Central's newest permanent exhibit, Science on a Sphere, took home an award in the 2014 Building Contractors Association of Northeast Indiana 2014 Project Awards held April 17.

The exhibit won in the Renovation – Under $2 Million category. The project was submitted by Fetters Construction and Design Collaborative, the primary contractor for the sphere's construction and the design firm for the project, respectively, according to a news release.

“Working on this project was a true pleasure for our company,” said Jake Fetters, president of Fetters Construction, in the release. “We faced a lot of challenges in constructing a new exhibit space in Science Central's historic building, but it was worth the effort. … It will have a lasting impact on our kids and our community.”

Science on a Sphere is an animated globe developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It uses computers and video projectors to show planetary data on a 6-foot-diameter sphere. The globe appears to float while providing real-time images with satellite, buoy and sensing station links to global weather, earthquakes, tsunamis and other activities occurring on Earth, as well as NASA images of the planets and moons of our solar system.

Construction on the sphere started in April 2013, and the exhibit opened to the public in October. Building Contractors Association members involved with the Science on a Sphere project included: A. Hattersley & Sons; AirWorx Construction Equipment; Almet; Baden Gage & Schroeder; Big C Lumber; Central Indiana Hardware; Design Collaborative; Don R. Fruchey; Engineering Resources; Fetters Construction; Interior Products Supply; Lake City Bank; Mill Supplies; Momper Insulation; National Serv-All; Safety Solutions; Shambaugh & Son; Speedway – Concrete, Aggregate & Supplies; Sunbelt Rentals; Tile Interiors; Wells Fargo Insurance Services; and White Cap Construction Supply.