Space Education Center
Space Education Center
We inspire learning and discovery through role-play and immersive, space-themed experiences in science, arts, and the humanities.
We inspire learning and discovery through role-play and immersive, space-themed experiences in science, arts, and the humanities. Read more
About this project
In our Starship Simulator, participants will take on team responsibilities in their role as the crew of a futuristic starship. Our stories will take crew members on adventures into the far reaches of space! But they can't get there without a ship. We need to construct the set and install the crew member stations for our productions. The more we can aid the imagination by having a set that actually looks like the bridge of a starship the better. Beyond just the appearance is the deep rumbling sounds of our engines, the klaxon alert warning of a possible collision, and the many other sounds that help create feeling of truly being there.
Add in a bit of dramatic lighting and you've got a stage set for an interactive theatre experience where participants get to see the consequences of their choices as the story unfolds. Additionally, we will need to procure and build engaging exhibits and hands-on science materials for participants in our Museum area.
These are the specific elements that are going to be incorporated in our set design and will be funded with your help:
- General aesthetics and design for the set
- Workstations for the computer terminals
- Computers & Monitors
- Special effects lighting
- Audio equipment
- Construction costs & permits
- Software updates
Mission: We help people of all ages learn and explore the world—and universe—around them. Guiding them through engaging learning experiences in STEM education, fine arts and language arts, we also nurture valuable skills in communication, cooperation and teamwork. We expand the vision of what can be accomplished individually and collectively while creating an interest in space, science, technology, engineering, math and the arts. We fill in many of the gaps of education that have been "left behind" in today's educational landscape.
Naturally, we will be providing our services to school field trips and students. But we will also design experiences for families, corporate organizations, enthusiastic science fiction fans, and all others who want to explore more of our universe in an exciting, dramatic way. The biggest groups we benefit--at least at first--are middle school and elementary students who are just starting to understand just how amazing science and the arts can be.
WE ARE A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge we face once we are funded is getting the software customized for our simulator experience. We are working with a couple of other similar organization in using and implementing their software, but to customize it to our story telling universe and add new controls will take some time. Unfortunately we can't effectively make changes and test the software without having the stations set up in the simulator.
We have great support from talented volunteers and skilled craftsmen in the physical creation of the set. We also have some great writers on our Board of Directors who have been helping us create the universe in which our productions will operate. If only the lumber yards, electricians, and other suppliers could give us what we needed at no cost . . .
That is why we need your help in getting started.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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