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Sphere SOS-Based Courses

We offer a full complement of standards-based programs for PreK-12 students called Sphere that use our Science On a Sphere® (SOS) to teach subjects including space-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as well as social studies, history, government, language arts and other classroom content areas.

SOS is a dynamic spherical projection system that uses special software and satellite imagery to render images onto the global surface that provide dramatic, full-motion views of the Earth, Sun, moons and planets in space.

Each Sphere course is calibrated for a specific grade-level standard, but may also be appropriate for a range of grades as noted in the descriptions. Because the classes are taught at the Northrop Grumman Science Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., they meet Colorado State academic standards; but in most cases, they will also satisfy standards for other states. If your student group is from another state, contact us to discuss your academic needs.

Sphere Categories

  • Discover the Universe - Voyage 1: A standards-based SOS presentation followed by a hands-on activity in the Education Activity Center, plus a pre-class session and a post-class session delivered in-person or via distance learning to your school. All sessions are taught by an accredited Space Foundation instructor. Click here to review available course content. Students also have the opportunity to tour the El Pomar Space Gallery. Minimum 15 students; $15.00 per student; 1 free adult for every 15 students; additional adults $5.00 each; transportation not included; school district bus drivers admitted free with school ID. In-person sessions outside the Colorado Springs area will incur additional negotiated fees.
  • Discover the Universe - Voyage 2: A standards-based SOS presentation followed by a hands-on activity in the Education Activity Center taught by an accredited Space Foundation instructor. Click here to review available course content. Students will also have the opportunity to tour the El Pomar Space Gallery. Minimum 15 students; $10.00 per student; 1 free adult for every 15 students; additional adults $5.00 each; transportation not included; school district bus drivers admitted free with school ID. 
  • Discover the Universe - Voyage 3: A standards-based SOS presentation led by an accredited Space Foundation instructor. Click here to review available course content. Students will also have the opportunity to tour the El Pomar Space Gallery. $7.00 per student; 1 free adult for every 15 students; additional adults $5.00 each; transportation not included; school district bus drivers admitted free with school ID.
  • Discover the Universe - Voyage 4: The Tour of the Solar System SOS presentation led by a Space Foundation docent, followed by a self-guided tour of the El Pomar Space Gallery. $3.50 per student; adults $5.00 each; transportation not included; school district bus drivers admitted free with school ID.

*Scheduled school and youth group visits are available Monday - Friday.


Interested?

For further information, contact the Space Foundation via email at [email protected] or via phone at +1.719.576.8000 or +1.800.691.4000.

Reservations required!

Read more about our specific sphere SOS-based courses.

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