Summer of Discovery: Week 10 - A Taste of Space Technology

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 10:00am to Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 5:00pm

Beginning Tuesday, June 4, the Space Foundation Discovery Center will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the Summer of Discovery! Each week will focus on a specific theme, culminating with a full day of special activities and events planned for each Saturday. Bring your family and friends and join in the fun - we've brought Space down to Earth for all to enjoy!

A Taste of Space Technology
Aug. 6 - 10

The Space program has captured the imagination of the world since its inception. Many of the technologies developed to help get us "out there" have come home to help improve life for us here on Earth.  As part of the Space Foundation mission to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable, and propel humanity, the Space Technology Hall of Fame and Space Certification Program were created in cooperation with international space agencies to help improve public awareness and appreciation of the many practical benefits that we enjoy thanks to space technology.

Activities Throughout the Week

  • Audience with an Astronaut (see details below)
  • School Supplies Bag FREE to First 20 Children Each Day (pictured at right)
  • Science On a Sphere® Demonstrations
  • Launch to the Moon Exhibit & Artifacts
  • Lego NXT Robotics Demonstrations
  • Computer Games
  • Interactive Touch Screens
  • Play Attention Demonstrations (upon request)
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Create an Alien
  • Design a Mission Patch
  • Shepard Moon Golf
  • Space-themed Books, Puzzles and Board Games

Meet Sprockit the Robot!

Tuesday, Aug. 6 and Wednesday, Aug. 7
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Always popular with folks of any age, Sprockit is Lockheed Martin's interactive robot that will engage folks in conversation on a variety of high–tech subjects. Stop by and say HELLO to Sprockit!

Audience with an Astronaut:
Meet Dr. Leroy Chiao

Tuesday, Aug. 6 10:30 a.m. / 2:00 p.m. / 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 7 10:30 a.m. / 2:00 p.m. / 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 8 10:30 a.m. / 2:00 p.m. / 3:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 9 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 10 10:30 a.m. / Noon / 2:00 p.m. / 3:30 p.m.

Former NASA astronaut and Space Foundation Special Advisor-Human Spaceflight Dr. Leroy Chiao will give presentations about his experiences as a Space Shuttle astronaut and as a resident of the International Space Station (ISS). Throughout the day and between presentations, he will be available to meet visitors, pose for photos and sign autographs.

Friday, August 9

Noon - 6:00 p.m.

Test drive an ELECTRIC CAR!

The mission of the Drive SunShine Institute (DSI) is to speed the adoption of fast electric vehicles powered by renewable energy. On Friday, August 9, come to the Space Foundation to test drive an electric vehicle like the stylish Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf. Learn more at

Pictured: Like the Apollo mission Luna Rover (right), the all electric Nissan LEAF (left) doesn't even have a gas tank! During the Summer of Discovery, you can test drive electric vehicles like the LEAF and Chevy Volt at the Space Foundation on Friday, August 9.

Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

RockSim simulation software lets you design and build your own customized rocket and then simulate its flight to see how high, and how fast it will fly. You can also use it to find the best rocket motor combinations for your existing kits, and to teach yourself and others about the physics of rocket flight.

Apogee's RockSim software is a Space Foundation Certified Educational Product. These products are used in educational environments to stimulate interest and knowledge about space.

Come and see their display on Friday, August 9 & Saturday, August 10.


Friday, August 9

Fuel Your Inner Astronaut presented by King Soopers
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Join your King Soopers dietician, Danelle Vallejos, RD, for an out of this world nutrition experience. Food for Thought: Back to School Nutrition Basics will be presented at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Come explore back-to-school nutrition basics in a fun environment!

Kids' Corner: Nutrition on a Mission will be available throughout the day between sessions. These quick and useful kid-friendly activities are fun for the whole family and will inspire healthy eating.

Friday, August 9

A View From Space by Dr. Leroy Chiao
3:00 p.m.

Join us for a free lecture (included with the price of admission to the Discovery Center) from astronaut and photographer Dr. Leroy Chiao. One of Chiao's tasks as Expedition 10 Commander on the International Space Station was to photograph various meteorological and atmospheric phenomena as well as geographical, manmade and natural landmarks. He took more than 24,000 photos during his time in space!

To read more about Chiao and see his Top 10 favorite photos, click here

Friday, August 9


6:00 p.m. Meet & Greet
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. ScienceSLAM

$18 in advance/$23 at the door (includes admission to the Discovery Center)


Age 21 and up only

Rockin' the House! Join us Friday, August 9, for the very first (that we know of!) ScienceSLAM in the United States. See what happens when we put a handful of enthusiastic young researchers on stage to compete for your applause and your vote! We will bring together passionate science and the curious public in an unconventional atmosphere for your learning and entertainment. 

A ScienceSLAM consists of several ten-minute scientific talks in front of a non-expert audience. The focus lies on an entertaining presentation. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, PhD candidate, professor, or space industry representative; the goal is to make the presentation as exciting as possible and the topic understandable for novices. The audience is the jury and elects the winner of the evening. Participants can come from all areas of science, from particle physics to social sciences, from history to art theory. The medium of presentation can range from a traditional talk to dance choreography, a stage play or a self-composed song.

Pictured, above right: Dr. Jochen Müller, who will be acting as emcee for our ScienceSLAM.


Saturday, Aug. 10

Events for the Whole Family

  • Moon Blast Bounce House
  • FREE Wendy's Chili (while it lasts)
  • Food Trucks
  • Multi-rotor Quadcopter Demonstrations (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., pictured at right)
  • Meet the Stormtroopers! Star Wars Characters


Saturday, August 10

"A Taste of Space Technology"

2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

$24 (includes one complimentary admission to the Discovery Center)

Buy discount tickets online at!

Who Knew Brew Was High Tech?!? See how space technology makes better beer - from planting barley to refrigeration, shipping and more. Our special partners at Beer Drinker's Guide to Colorado will be on hand to put this all in perspective, answer questions and show you why beer is more than suds!

Sample top flight brews from local breweries such as:

  • Bristol Brewing Company
  • Colorado Mountain Brewery
  • Great Storm Brewing
  • Paradox Beer Company
  • Pikes Peak Brewing Company
  • Red Leg Brewing Company
  • Rocky Mountain Brewery
  • Smiling Toad Brewery 


 *Events and activities for all weeks are subject to change without notice.

More details about all 10 weeks of Summer of Discovery at

Daily Admission Rates

(effective June 4 - August 10, 2013)

Adults $9
Seniors (65+) $7
College Students (Student ID) $7
Children* (4-17) $3
Children* (3 and under) FREE 
Military (Military ID) FREE 
Colorado Springs Together Card Holders FREE

*Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult

Space Foundation Discovery Center, 4425 Arrowswest Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo.