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Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Grant Funds Discovery Center ScholarTrips for Colorado Students

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 4, 2014) - Thanks to a generous grant from the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company (CC&V), the Space Foundation recently awarded Discover ScholarTrips to several Teller County schools. These scholarships will enable students to experience a field trip to the Space Foundation's Discovery Center in Colorado Springs.

The Discovery Center is the region's only space, science and technology center. It supports science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education through its Lockheed Martin Space Education Center, AGI Space Missions Simulation Laboratory, Mars Robotics Laboratory, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and El Pomar Space Gallery.

After an application process, eight Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company Discover ScholarTrips were awarded, benefitting more than 350 Teller County students and teachers, including:

  • 4th grade students from Columbine Elementary School
  • 2nd grade students from Columbine Elementary School
  • 1st graders from Columbine Elementary School
  • Kindergartners from Columbine Elementary School
  • 1st graders from Cresson Elementary School
  • 5-6th graders from Cresson Elementary School
  • Kindergartners from Gateway Elementary School

"Students from Woodland Park School District (WPSD) were fortunate recipients of this amazing opportunity supporting hands-on, STEM education," said Dr. Jed Bowman, Superintendent of WPSD.

"Our students and teachers are impressed with the Space Foundation teaching staff and the 'learning by doing' experience. This one-of-a-kind experience would not be possible without the ongoing support of the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company, and WPSD is grateful for the opportunity given to our students, and for the partnership with CC&V and the Space Foundation."

Each ScholarTrip covers the admission fee, as well as a subsidy for bus transportation, one of the biggest obstacles teachers face in getting their students out of the classroom and into an engaging field trip experience.

The ScholarTrip recipient teacher chooses from a list of current courses at the Discovery Center that align with their academic needs. All courses meet state and national academic standards.

Learn more about the courses and about Space Foundation education programs at

The Discovery Center is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday. Find information about hours, location, fees and exhibits at

About Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company
Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company (CC&V) is located in the historic Cripple Creek Mining District in Teller County, Colorado. CC&V's Cresson Project was initiated in 1994, and continues today with over 550 employees operating 24 hours every day of the year. CC&V is principally owned and managed by AngloGold Ashanti (Colorado) Corp.

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, in support of its mission "to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity." Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a field office in Houston and conducts government affairs from its Washington, D.C., office. It annually publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.