For all humanity
who we are
Our Mission and Vision Statement
Federation of Galaxy Explorers (FoGE) is on a mission to educate, guide, and prepare the next generation to accept the challenge of expanding humankind's presence in space.
The vision of FoGE
We want to expand the frontiers of science and technology to explore and develop space.
Incorporated in October 2001 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit seeking to inspire and educate the next generation of explorers in space-related science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). Since its pilot program in 2002 at the Rock Creek International School in Washington, D.C., and selected Prince William County schools in Virginia, the Federation of Galaxy Explorers (FOGE) has delivered a hands-on understanding of space science, earth science, engineering, and rocketry to over 40,000 students and families across the nation. Our nation is working hard to develop a succession plan for the next generation of Scientists, Technicians, Engineers, and Mathematicians (STEM) in our future workforce. We prepare children with 21st-century skills to enter the workforce. We believe that an educated population is vital for a great society, one that learns that science and technology change lives. We design our programs to be accessible and engaging in space science education for the next generation through six primary themes: Science, Engineering, Rocketry, Robotics, Geosciences, and Space Citizenship. Over time, we hope participants in our program (Galaxy Explorers) will grow to create a long-term citizen activist force in society, shaping the nation's education policy and furthering the science and engineering required in humanity.
The Way Forward
To work toward our Mission, we offer Mission Teams, summer camps, activity kits, and special events for youth starting in elementary school thru college.
All members are governed by our Guide Stars (Fundamental Principles). They include the values of honesty, respect for others, positive attitude, and teamwork. These values represent the qualities required of persons to engage in scientific inquiry and space exploration.
We're proud of what we've accomplished since our founding in 2001. Over the last two decades, we hosted 40,000 children in summer camps, after-school programs, and special events nationwide. FoGE has developed partnerships with government agencies, businesses, school districts, and nonprofit organizations to accomplish this expansion. Many of our alumni have emerged as leaders in the STEM industry. Several have pursued careers in space-related fields.
We are built on the paradigm of a members' participatory club. Due to the pandemic, and a lack of volunteers, many of our programs shut down from 2020-2022. We are currently restructuring our programs to renew outreaches in previous states and increase the number of states and students served. To work towards this goal, in 2021, we partnered with Girl Scouts Nation's Capital and delivered 160 free space science activity kits to Girl Scouts in K-5th grade across West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.