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Space Foundation Offers Explore Space Experience for Ages 9-12 This Summer

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 16, 2016) – The Space Foundation has created a new summer program at its Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, specifically for youngsters ages nine through 12 years. Explore Space Experience is designed and led by certified master teachers to offer a variety of hands-on, immersive activities and experiences based on space and science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).

Four Explore Space Experience sessions will be offered this summer for ages nine through 12 years, each offering the choice of full day or half day.

June 13 – 16 full day, and June 13 – 17 half day
Future engineers will go on an intriguing journey to learn all about rocketry. We will focus on aerodynamic and rocketry principles, enjoy hands-on projects, such as designing in-door rockets, observing rocket simulations and learning about rocket history.

Train Like an Astronaut
June 20 – 23 full day, and June 20 – 24 half day
Aspiring astronauts will explore what it’s like to train like an astronaut and why an astronaut’s physical well-being is critical for mission success. Learn about the effects of microgravity on the circulatory, muscular, skeletal and digestive systems and develop product prototypes necessary for safe space travel.

June 27 – 30 full day, and June 27 – July 1 half day
Young explorers will learn about stars, planets and our vast universe — enjoying hands-on activities incorporating science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM), including creating scale models of the Solar System, exoplanets, possible alien life, constellations and more.

Space Technology
July 11 – 14 full day, and July 11 – 15 half day
Young designers will embark on a creative journey to learn about 21st Century technologies used in space. They will compete in design challenges and create simulations, learning skills that will be needed for careers of the future. Participants will engage in activities that will highlight robotics, 3D printing, coding and much more.

Register Now
Sign up now for all four sessions, or for individual sessions. The full day schedule is 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Full day registration is $295 per session.

Half day options are 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Half day registration is $185 per session.

A $20 early registration discount is being offered if registration is paid by Friday, April 8.

The sessions are all held on site and indoors at the Space Foundation Discovery Center, 4425 Arrowswest Drive, just off of Garden of the Gods Road, in Colorado Springs. The program does not include lunch or snacks. See more information at or email [email protected].

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 publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, the Space Foundation recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth.  Visit, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Flickr and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.