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The Chabot Space & Science Center inspires and educates students of all ages about our Planet Earth and the Universe. Its observatory, planetarium, exhibits, and natural park setting are places where a diverse population of students, teachers, and the public can imagine, understand and learn to shape their future through science.
Through partnership and community support, Chabot Space & Science Center is taking a leadership role in helping to guarantee that our children have a powerful resource for the next century's biggest educational challenge, equal access to high quality science and technology programs. Recognizing the new Science Center as a national model for other communities, in May 1998 the Smithsonian Institution and Chabot Space & Science Center entered into an affiliation agreement. Chabot is the only affiliate to focus on astronomy and the interrelationship of the sciences. In January 2000, the White House Millennium Council named the Chabot Space & Science Center an official Millennium Project. The White House Millennium Council recognizes national and local projects that facilitate public awareness of important educational and scientific issues that we as a nation will face in the new millennium. The Chabot Space & Science Center addresses the critical issue of broad access to the specialized information and facilities needed to improve K-12 science education and public science literacy. Chabot continues to offer inquiry-based student programs, which correlate to state and national science education standards, and will expand and develop new programs for students, teachers, and the general public.