August 3, 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.