COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 1, 2016) - During the past school year, the Space Foundation served more than 15,000 students and teachers with standards-based, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs. A quarter of these students were low-income and under-represented, and were able to come on field trips to the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs because of scholarship funding, generously provided by Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman Corporation and Raytheon.
At the end of July, the Discovery Center achieved a landmark goal of welcoming more than 100,000 visitors, including school field trip classes, homeschool students, families, day camps, community leaders, senior citizen tours and vacationers.
The Discovery Center, which opened in late 2012, is the region's only space, science and technology attraction. At 47,000 square feet, the Discovery Center allows the Space Foundation to fulfill its education mission to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals, and educate the general public about the importance of space. The Discovery Center houses state-of-the-art facilities for formal and informal education, including:
- The Lockheed Martin Space Education Center, featuring the Mars Robotics Laboratory, AGI Space Missions Simulation Laboratory and an Education Activity Center
- The Northrop Grumman Space Education Center, featuring Science On a Sphere®
In addition to its collection of space artifacts in the El Pomar Space Gallery, the Discover Center also hosts traveling exhibits. The featured traveling exhibit this summer is "Super Kids Save the World," presented by Children's Hospital Colorado and hosted locally through a partnership with Pikes Peak Children's Museum.
The location at 4425 Arrowswest Drive in Colorado Springs also houses Space Foundation World Headquarters offices and its Ackerman Conference Center.
Thank You to Our Discovery Center Donors
- Analytical Graphics, Inc.
- Anna Keesling Ackerman Fund
- Anschutz Foundation
- The Boettcher Foundation
- Chapman Trusts
- E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation
- El Pomar Foundation
- Lockheed Martin
- Northrop Grumman Corporation
- Russell A. Lagasse Trust
- Scott Bryan
- State of Colorado Economic Development Commission
In addition, the Space Foundation would like to recognize and thank the Swigert Society and the Discovery Center's Corporate Giving Club members, who provide integral funding that supports the creation of new programs for students and the general public, the addition of new and traveling exhibits and helps maintain the quality of the facility.
The Space Foundation also thanks the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance for its crucial role in keeping our World Headquarters in Colorado Springs.
The Space Foundation Discovery Center is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Military discounts are available with I.D. For admission fees and other Discovery Center information, please visit www.spacefoundation.org/museum, or call the Space Foundation at 719.576.8000.
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 Washington, D.C., office and field representatives in Houston and the Florida Space Coast. It 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 www.SpaceFoundation.org, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Flickr and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.