Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Females, all ages or age unspecified
The Space Foundation's Space in the Community program is designed to lead young students toward STEM-related careers. It builds partnerships in a community, lays a foundation for an organic workforce and supports the technology workforce pipeline for economic development. Discover how space can bring your community together and inspire the next generation of STEM professionals.
Popular programs and highlights include:
Audience with an Astronaut™ presentations provide students and the community with the opportunity to learn first-hand what it takes to become a space explorer. Programs are coordinated with a former NASA astronaut to present an informational and inspirational talk, followed by a Q&A period.
What's Happening in Space presentations, led by Space Foundation Education Specialists, are designed to inform and inspire audiences about space and reinforce the importance of STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math). Community presentations can also include media interviews with TV, radio and newspaper.
Hands-on STEM focused classroom activities for students are available for grades PreK-12.
Space Across the Curriculum professional development workshops provide educators with lessons and hands-on activities that meet education standards to integrate STEM into daily curriculum and tools that are instantly transferrable to the classroom.
Marketing and Sponsorship Assistance will help you solicit underwriting or sponsorship support to bring a program to your community by providing easy-to-use email invitation, poster/flyer and agenda templates to promote your program.
Virtual Audience with an Astronaut™ allows audiences, teachers and students to interact with an astronaut, conducted via Google Hangouts, Skype or FaceTime - anywhere in the world.
Communication with program participants.
Children ages 5 to 21
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
The Space Foundation's PreK-12 Education Field Trips address not only the lack of proficiency in STEM subjects, but a lack of interest. The Space Foundation seeks to make STEM subjects not only interactive for students and teachers, but also fun in order to stimulate and grow the students' interest in STEM. Discover ScholarTrips, or scholarships, fund field trips for schools.
A full complement of standards-based field trips are available for Pre K-12 students that use the interactive and unique learning labs at the Space Foundation Discovery Center. Field trip subjects include STEM as well as social studies, history, government, language arts and other classroom content areas. Courses are taught by accredited Space Foundation Educational Specialists, all of whom have Master's degrees.
Each Discover ScholarTrip covers the admission fee as well as a subsidy for bus costs, one of the biggest obstacles teachers face - transportation funds to get their students out of the classroom to experience exciting and engaging field trips such as those to the Discovery Center. This funding structure addresses the more and more frequent problem of lack of funding for field trips, alleviates the budgetary restrictions on how schools can spend money, and helps ease the burden on the parents of students who often end up absorbing the cost.
The Space Foundation has a very robust and comprehensive STEM education program in place. During the last academic school year, we served more than 46,000 students through our various programs and services, both on-site, off-site, and through distance-delivery. 20% of on-site field trips were served through scholarships.
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
The Space Foundation Discovery Center is the region's first and only space, science and technology attraction. It is an interactive museum that advances science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the exciting context of space exploration.
The El Pomar Space Gallery is home to the Space Foundation's collection of space artifacts and exhibits, including Soviet Lunar Exploration, Space Food, space suits, scale model rockets and much more.
AGI Space Missions Simulation Laboratory teaches STEM principles and other subject areas in a format that appeals to the high-touch, fast-paced video game generation. Using the same state-of-the-art modeling and visualization software (STK) used by space industry professionals, it allows students the opportunity to simulate launch, flight operation, and landing of a plethora of rocket, satellite, and human space flight missions.
The Mars Robotics Laboratory provides a real-world, scenario-based experience in one of the largest labs of its kind in the world. The simulated Martian terrain offers a chance for participants to program robotic rovers to complete mission objectives individually or in teams. Additionally, the missions can "require" the students to suit-up in authentic astronaut training gear inside an airlock. Once ready for their mission, they will then enter mock Martian terrain for additional scientific exploration and investigation.
The Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® is a dynamic spherical projection system that renders images onto the global surface to provide dramatic, full-motion views of the Earth, Sun, moon and planets, weather systems and more.
A full complement of standards-based field trips are available for Pre K-12 students. The Discovery Center is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 10am-5pm.
Positive feedback from both teachers and the general public.
Here are some comments from our visitors:
"Wonderful center with a lot of great exhibits for all ages - inspiring current and future generations to reach for the stars."
"... I loved all the things I saw, they were awesome, I'll never forget this place."
"The time for Space has arrived.........love the Exhibits!"
"This place is great!"