'Summer of Discovery' offers interactive chances through Aug. 14The “Summer of Discovery” is back at the Space Foundation.
Four space-oriented themes - with various related activities under the heading of “Take a Space-cation!”- are being offered through mid-August at the nonprofit foundation's Discovery Center, 4425 Arrowswest Drive (off Garden of the Gods Road).
Admission is $10 for adults, with discounts for students, seniors and military. The center is open Monday through Saturday in the summer from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The current theme, continuing through June 20, is “Living in a 3D World.” Included are learning stations with 3D aspects - using paper designs, a 3D viewer with a stereoscope and an “interactive sandbox” using image-tracking software.
Also, the Science on a Sphere video device will be set up to “explore the world and the universe” using 3D glasses, and a 3D printer will be used “to make a host of interesting objects,” the Discovery Center website states.
Other interactive activity stations (each costing $5 extra) are the Minecraft Space Missions Simulation and the Mars Robotics Laboratory.
As a rule, the center makes additional activities available on Saturdays.
Special presenters scheduled Saturday, June 20 include Cool Science and the Coronado High Cougars Gone Wired robotics team. Both will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The coming Summer of Discovery themes are Next Stop Mars (June 22-July 11), Exploring our Universe (July 13-25), and Journey to the Future (July 27-Aug. 14).
On a regular basis, the center offers ongoing activities and exhibits. Recently added, along with the existing Northrop Grumman Science Center and El Pomar Space Gallery, are the traveling "Great Balls of Fire” exhibit on meteors, comets and asteroids and the permanent Lockheed Martin Space Systems Education Center.
For more information, call 576-8000 or go to the Discovery Center's Space- cation web page: http://www.spacefoundation.org/events/summer-discovery-2015.
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