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SFDI Teaching Laboratories

The Space Foundation Discovery Institute houses two teaching laboratories used for standards-based courses for PreK-12th grade students, educator professional development, youth group programs and adult team-building programs.


AGI Space Missions Simulator 

The AGI Space Missions Simulator features the same state-of-the-art modeling and visualization software used by space industry professionals to design and test space missions, and is quipped with computers and software donated by Space Foundation Corporate Member Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI). The courses taught in the AGI Space Missions Simulator are custom-designed to support classroom curriculum and may include:

  • Creating 3-D mission scenarios for a variety of spacecraft
  • Determining when the International Space Station will pass overhead
  • Creating a mission to Mars
  • Understanding the principles behind the GPS system
  • Learning about ellipses through manipulation of satellite orbits

Mars Yard and Robotics Lab

One of the largest labs of its kind in the world, the Space Foundation's Mars Yard and Robotics Lab features a simulated Martian terrain and a full complement of LEGO® NXT and MINDSTORMS® robots. It is used for both standards-based custom-designed courses and special programs, including the Honeywell Mars Robotic Experience. Activities simulate lifelike Mars rover missions to:

  • Teach communication and collaboration skills
  • Hone creative problem-solving skills 
  • Increase team engagement 
  • Deliver a hands-on component to lessons about Mars and space exploration
  • Develop interest and skills in robotics

Contact us to Schedule Your Visit

For information on scheduling an event and pricing, contact the Space Foundation via email at [email protected] or via phone at +1.719.576.8000 or +1.800.691.4000.

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