The Columbia Memorial Space Center is a hands-on learning center that is dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages. We also serve as the national memorial for the Space Shuttle Columbia’s seven crew members, lost in 2003. Located in Downey, California, we strive to be the most accessible space science center in the Los Angeles area. Our 20,000 square foot visitor center is equipped with not only amazing technology and visual teaching exhibits, but also a friendly staff and atmosphere to help make them more enjoyable. And we’re adding more all the time.
The Space Center also hosts one of over 48 Challenger Learning Centers on the planet, and the only CLC in the greater Los Angeles area. When operating, you can “Return to the Moon”, “Rendezvous With a Comet”, or go on a “Voyage to Mars,” and experience the real-life excitement of Mission Control. Our CLC is available for field trips, team-building exercises and parties of 16 or more.
Virgin Galactic Google Hangout at the CMSC
Here is the link to the full video from The Challenger Learning Center’s Google Hangout with Virgin Galactic held on December 3rd.
Make Your Very Own Comet!!
To celebrate comet ISON we have a special treat for everyone. Click on the image of ISON below to see how you can make your own comet.
Unfortunately it seems like comet ISON did not come out of perihelion in tact, it is a sad day for astronomers every where. Be sure to check out NASA.gov for the latest updates.
Comet ISON after perihelion.
LOOKING FOR SOME FUN AND EDUCATIONAL GAMES??
Click on the Kids’ Club logo to check out NASA’s website just for kids: NASA’s Kids’ Club! With so many fun games, education has never been so fun and entertaining.
NASA Interview with William J. Roberts
Former NASA Downey engineer describes Downey’s role in aerospace history. Check out this interview of Bill Roberts as he describes his experience working for North American Rockwell Corporation right here in Downey during the 1980′s.
NEW! ON-LINE REGISTRATION
Interested in registering for a workshop, a class, or booking your next birthday party and/or meeting?
Go to: http://activenet.active.com/CityofDowney/registrationmain.sdi?online_site_id=3
California Women in STEM Careers
Each month, the State Library posts an online calendar featuring remarkable women from California’s past and present that have made a difference in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. We end November with Helen Quinn, a physicist who has made many contributions in the field of particle physics, and has worked diligently to improve science education in schools nationwide.
2014 Kavli Science Video Contest!!!!
The Kavli Foundation is looking for contestants for their 2014 Science in Fiction Video Contest! Investigate how science is portrayed in TV, films, and games. Find an example using a film, TV show, or video game, then compare it with what we can do today with current or emerging technologies. Tell us what science needs to discover to make it really happen!!!
Make a video (30- 90 seconds) that shares your discovery and states your case.
ENTRY PERIOD Nov. 1st 2013- March 21st,2014
Contest open to grades 6-12 international and U.S. students
Click on the link below for more info…and GOOD LUCK!!