What we do
The Federation of Galaxy Explorers is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that seeks to inspire youth in the fields of science and engineering. Students in the Galaxy Explorers program attend after school “Mission Team” meetings where they participate in hands-on lessons that support The National Science Education Standards. Mission Team members are rewarded for participation and achievements with ribbons, patches, medals, and certificates.
Galaxy Explorer lessons target five primary themes:
space science, engineering, earth science, rocketry, and space development
Why we do it
To educate our children: Math and science, like vegetables and homework, are often avoided by children. The mysteries of outer space, however, remain amazing. The Galaxy Explorers program prepares children for employment in the 21st century by building on exciting hands-on applications of math and science.
To advance interest in space: Over time, Galaxy Explorers will grow to create a long term citizen activist force in society; helping to shape the national space policy. Their advances in science and engineering will continue to build the foundation of a space faring civilization.
The Way Forward
In 2002, Galaxy Explorers pilot programs began at pilot schools in Colorado, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia, where we conducted a summer space camp for 150 children. In eight years we hosted 12,000 children in 35 summer camps, after school, and evening programs. We hosted an additional 18,000 children in Special Events. Mission Teams now exist in Pennsylvania, Montana, Texas, California, Missouri, and North Carolina. The Galaxy Explorer educational program continues to grow, inspiring the scientists, engineers, and explorers of tomorrow.