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We inspire learning and discovery through role-play and immersive, space-themed experiences in science, arts, and the humanities.

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
  • Cameras
  • 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

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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.

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    For a $10 donation, you'll receive a signed fine art photo print by Space Education Center Executive Director, David Sidwell. He has selected a few photos for this occasion that you can find at http://davidsidwell.smugmug.com/Gallery-Show-Images , but you may select any of his fine art photos that you wish. David Sidwell's photos have appeared in books, magazines, on CD covers, and more. Your name will also be listed on our website and in some of our publications as a donor.

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    For a $25 donation, you'll receive the premiums described in the $10 pledge amount, PLUS a really cool T-Shirt with our logo. Your name will also be listed on our website and in some of our publications as a donor.

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    Watch one of your favorite sci-fi movies while sitting on our starship set with up to 12 of your friends or family. Experience the film like never before. We'll even provide the popcorn! OR You can select a signed 8 x 10 photo from David Sidwell's astounding collection of fine art photos. Your name will also be listed on our website and in some of our publications as a donor.

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    Crew Member - Thankfully participants in our Starship Simulator don't have to rely totally upon themselves to solve the myriad of problems that can take place in space. There are crew members in the "lower decks" to help them! By donating you can have one of these officers be your own first and last name, or come up with another (appropriate) name that will be used in our computer programming. "[Your name here] reporting sir. I found the problem. It seems that the interocitor is damaged and will need to be replaced." Your name will also be listed on our website and in some of our publications as a donor.

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    Receive a signed 11 x 14 canvas fine art print of one of Executive Director, David Sidwell's, magnificent photos found at http://davidsidwell.smugmug.com/Gallery-Show-Images . David Sidwell's photos have appeared in books, magazines, on CD covers, and more. Your name will also be listed on our website and in some of our publications as a donor.

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    Story Element Space Station - As our crews fly around the universe they will launch from and encounter space stations, science platforms, and many other spacial objects. Plaster your name across the outer hull and be referenced in one of our stories permanently as the crew departs from _________ station. This donation entitles you to submit an appropriate name for one of these story elements. You could donate in behalf of your sci-fi friend to honor them on their birthday, name it after yourself, or perhaps you just want things simple with "Outpost 47" We'll let you know which of our stories it has been added to. Your name will also be listed on our website and in some of our publications as a donor.

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    STANDARD MISSION - Come on one of our missions aboard the ship with a crew size of 6-12 members. Mission length is approximately 1.5 - 2 hours. OR Come on two beta missions as we adjust and polish things to perfection. Be a part of the design process! OR Receive a signed 16 x 20 canvas fine art print of one of David Sidwell's magnificent photos found at http://davidsidwell.smugmug.com/Gallery-Show-Images . Your name will also be listed on our website and in some of our publications as a significant donor.

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    5 HOUR DELUXE MISSION - Come on one of our missions aboard the ship with a crew size of 6-12 members. Mission length is 5 hours. OR 2- 2 STANDARD MISSIONs - Come on TWO of our missions aboard the ship with a crew size of 6-12 members. Mission length is approximately 1.5 - 2 hrs. Your name will also be listed on our website and in some of our publications as a Star Class Donor.

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    Receive a one-hour photo sitting by our Executive Director, David Sidwell, one of Utah's premiere photographers. As a fine art photographer, he treats each photo session like a work of art, making you and your family, business or organization look fantastic. Alternatively, he can photograph products or business related items with the same sense of detail and style. OR Have David Sidwell tell stories at an upcoming event of yours. He is a professional storyteller who has told stories at festivals and conferences all over the U.S. Your name will also be listed on our website and in some of our publications as a Star Class Donor.

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    You can select your pick from any two of the above premiums. Your name will also be listed on our website and in some of our publications as a Nebula Class Donor as well as on our Donor Galaxy Wall for everyone to see.

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    You can select your pick from any two of the above premiums. Your name will appear on one of the architectural beams or panels in our simulator or museum area. Your name will also be listed on our website and in some of our publications as a Galaxy Class Donor as well as on our Donor Galaxy Wall for everyone to see.

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    As a Universe Class Donor, you can select your pick from any three of the above premiums. Additionally, your name will appear on one of the architectural beams or panels in our simulator or museum area. Your name will also be listed on our website and in some of our publications as a Universe Class Donor as well as on our Donor Galaxy Wall for everyone to see, or we will personally discuss with you how to best honor your gift.

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    As a Quasar Class Donor, we will personally discuss with you how best to honor your gift. For donations exceeding $10,000, please contact us.

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