Sphere SOS-based Course Descriptions

Sphere SOS-based courses are offered in four formats: 

  • Discover the Universe - Voyage 1: A standards-based SOS presentation followed by a hands-on activity in the Education Activity Center, plus a pre-class session and a post-class session delivered in-person or via distance learning to your school. All sessions are taught by an accredited Space Foundation instructor. See below to review available course content. Students also have the opportunity to tour the El Pomar Space Gallery. Minimum 15 students; $15.00 per student; 1 free adult for every 15 students; additional adults $5.00 each; transportation not included; school district bus drivers admitted free with school ID. Pre-class and post-class sessions outside the Colorado Springs area will incur additional negotiated fees.
  • Discover the Universe - Voyage 2: A standards-based SOS presentation followed by a hands-on activity in the Education Activity Center taught by an accredited Space Foundation instructor. See below to review available course content. Students will also have the opportunity to tour the El Pomar Space Gallery. Minimum 15 students; $10.00 per student; 1 free adult for every 15 students; additional adults $5.00 each; transportation not included; school district bus drivers admitted free with school ID. 
  • Discover the Universe - Voyage 3: A standards-based SOS presentation led by an accredited Space Foundation instructor. See below to review available course content. Students will also have the opportunity to tour the El Pomar Space Gallery. $7.00 per student; 1 free adult for every 15 students; additional adults $5.00 each; transportation not included; school district bus drivers admitted free with school ID.
  • Discover the Universe - Voyage 4: Tour of the Solar System SOS presentation led by a Space Foundation docent, followed by a self-guided tour of the El Pomar Space Gallery. $3.50 per student; adults $5.00 each; transportation not included; school district bus drivers admitted free with school ID.

 

Reasons for the Seasons

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards for:
Kindergarten, Earth Systems Science
Appropriate for: 
Grades PreK-1
Course Description: 
Explore the science behind the seasons – spring, summer, winter and fall – in this sunny workshop. Watch our planet change from snowy and sleeping to green and growing as you learn the relationship between our Sun and Earth. It’s bound to cause excitement and interest in this amazing relationship.

     

 

Cold, Hard Facts

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards for:
1st Grade, Physical Science
Appropriate for: 
Grades 1-8
Course Description: 
Learn about the relationship between temperature and the three states of matter as you watch solids shatter and human breath liquefy. It's really cool science! Note: This is a classroom demonstration only with no hands-on activity.

     

 

Newton's Rockets

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards for:
2nd Grade, Physical Science
Appropriate for:
Grades K-3
Course Description:
Launch into physics by experimenting with balloon-powered rockets! Explore the principles of motion while having...a blast!

     

 

Soil Seekers

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards for:
3rd Grade, Earth Systems Science
Appropriate for:
Grades K-3
Course Description:
Why are rocks in Colorado unique? Scratch the surface of the Earth's mineral mysteries and discover how water and time affect our soil resources.

     

 

Tour of the Solar System

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards for:
4th Grade, Earth Systems Science
Appropriate for:
Grades 3-5
Course Description:
Take a journey through our solar system and explore the fascinating worlds of our neighboring planets. Investigate the size and scale of our cosmic neighborhood while examining the unique properties needed to support life on our own planet.

     

 

Electric Earth

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards for:
4th Grade, Earth Systems Science
Appropriate for:
Grades 3-5
Course Description:
How do we create electricity to power our world? Charge yourself up for an electrifying investigation as we explore static to current and circuit to light.

     

 

Wacky Weather

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards for:
5th Grade, Earth Systems Science
Appropriate for:
Grades 4-6
Course Description:
What is wet and wild, swirling and twirling? Our wacky weather, of course! Learn how nature makes the perfect storms that produce thunder and lighting, hurricanes and tornadoes and participate in activities that are sure to blow you away!

     

 

Cookie Mining

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards for:
6th Grade, Earth Systems Science
Appropriate for:
Grades 4-6
Course Description:
How do we mine our precious resources while maintaining positive reclamation practices? Dig into our natural resources and have a tasty good time as you examine the effects mining has on Earth.

     

 

Shake, Rattle and Roll

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards for:
7th Grade, Earth Systems Science
Appropriate for:
Grades 7-9
Course Description:
Why do earthquakes occur frequently in places like California and Alaska and seldom in Colorado? Find out why in this earth-shaking workshop. Investigate plate tectonic movement through hands-on simulation and touch rocks shaped by geological forces.

     

 

You've Got Guts

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards for:
7th Grade, Life Science
Appropriate for:
Grades 7-9
Course Description:
Delve into differences among organisms and then uncover how similarities help guide life on our planet. It's bound to be an ooey-gooey good time as students discover how habitat shapes adaptation by dissecting a squid.

     

 

Clone Zone

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards for:
8th Grade, Life Science
Appropriate for:
Grades 6-8
Course Description:
Why are your eyes blue, but your sister's eyes are brown? This dynamic workshop will introduce students to genetics as they "break the code"... genetic code that is! Discover what makes you, YOU as you isolate your own DNA!

     

 

Moon Shot

Meets Colorado State Academic Standards for:
High School, Earth Systems Science
Appropriate for:
Grades 9-12
Course Description:
How do NASA engineers design spacecraft to accomplish specific tasks on other worlds? Find out how and test your own building skills by developing a "Lunar" launch and release mechanism! How will your vehicle hold up? Will it remotely drop onto the desired target at just the right moment? Gain an understanding of engineering and design, test your hypotheses and shoot for the Moon!

     

 


Interested?

For further information, contact the Space Foundation via email at [email protected] or via phone at +1.719.576.8000 or +1.800.691.4000.

Reservations required!

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