Watertown, SD

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Opening Date
Exhibition Type: Mark II

Lead Institution
Lake Area Technical College

Partner Institutions:
Mother of God Monastery
The Harmony Hill Watertown Project
City of Watertown
Watertown Development Company

Proposed Location: Harmony Hill, Watertown, South Dakota

Watertown, South Dakota is the state’s fifth largest city, offering many activities and historical sites without big-city crowds.  Visitors can explore the history of this “coteau” region at attractions such as the first Governor of South Dakota’s home, the Mellette House, the Codington County Heritage Museum or the newly restored Goss Opera House in the historical downtown district. Many folks come to experience the wide open spaces of the prairie, the vast wildlife of the area and Americana Art by Terry Redlin at the Terry Redlin Art Center. Watertown is host to one of only two zoos in South Dakota, the Bramble Park Zoo, certainly a destination not to miss.

Watertown is also home to Lake Area Technical College (LATC), one of the Nation’s leading two-year technical colleges and a recipient of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. LATC is known for its wide array of academic programs and focus on STEM education and careers.

Soon, the Watertown community will have an additional, unique feature: the Challenger Learning Center of South Dakota. The Learning Center will be built on the Harmony Hill Watertown campus. Harmony Hill Watertown is home to the Benedictine Sisters of Mother of God Monastery. This square mile is being developed into a synergistic, multifaceted, intergenerational community that will be the host site of the Challenger Learning Center of South Dakota and the 24 acre Challenger Park.

We envision the Voyage model Solar System to be a feature and a compliment to the Learning Center. As the primary feature of the park, Voyage will allow the theme ‘From the Prairie to the Stars’ to be made visible through the placement of the thirteen stanchions and accompanying trails. We want Voyage to provide educators and parents a tangible tool to discuss the vastness of our Solar System – something that is hard to do in the classroom and difficult for the developing student brain to visualize. Voyage will be an incredibly valuable teaching aid.

There are few things that can offer an experience of the enormity of space and our place in this magnificent universe. As the primary feature of Challenger Park, the Voyage Solar System will be such an experience as well as enhance this destination for tourists – adults and youngsters  alike.

Preliminary Site Maps

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The Inner Solar System orbits out to the Asteroid Belt. The yellow push pins mark the future locations of the exhibition’s stanchions.

The Outer Solar System orbits from the Asteroid Belt out to Pluto. The yellow push pins mark the future locations of the exhibition’s stanchions.

Hosted & Managed by: Drew Roman

Design by: Drew Roman & WooThemes