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Programs

Since its pilot program at the Rock Creek International School in Washington, D.C., and selected Prince William County schools in Virginia in 2002, the Federation of Galaxy Explorers (FOGE) has delivered a hands-on understanding of space science, earth science, engineering, space citizenry, and rocketry to over 100,000 students and families nationwide.

​We believe that an educated population is vital for a great society. Therefore, we design programs to stimulate science education for the next generation that teach six primary themes: Science, Engineering, Rocketry, Robotics, Geosciences, and Space Citizenship. Over time, 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 society. We continue to develop programs to meet industry needs and walk alongside our educational, corporate, and government partners to create engaging, fun-filled programs that address the needs of the communities and inspire a future in STEM. In the last two decades, since a group of volunteers started FOGE, our alumni have emerged as leaders in the STEM industry.

Mission Teams

Our Mission Teams are designed for students in third through twelfth grade. While each mission team varies based on the community's needs, all mission teams should embody the Mission, Vision, Guide Stars of FOGE. Mission Teams meet based on community needs and members' schedules and vary from weekly afterschool programs at local schools to monthly evening clubs hosted by sponsoring organizations. All Mission Teams are required to meet a minimum of once a month from September through June. They learn about space and space exploration during these meetings through mission plans and hands-on activities, periodic guest speakers and field trips, and special events. At the end of the year, an Annual Awards Ceremony should conclude the year to recognize the students for participation and achievements.

 

Starting a Mission Team is easy. You, too, can inspire kids with how science and technology is changing their lives.

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Battle of the Rockets

The Battle of the Rockets (BOR) Competition consists of three events with a range of complexity to test all skill levels: the Target Altitude Event focuses on the rocket design skills; the Rover Event adds the complexity of designing an autonomous robot that must survive launch, deployment, and landing and perform an operation autonomously; and the Sounding Rocket event is a medium complexity event. Many high school and college Rocket clubs register to compete in this spring competition. Our High School Mission teams' curriculum are designed for them to register for this competition. 

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Summer Camps

Our Summer camps: Moon Base One (3rd-4th graders), Mars Base (5th-6th graders), and Robotics (7th-10th graders) are designed to educate and inspire in an exciting and challenging environment. 

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Girl Scout Programs

 We currently offer activity kits for Girl Scouts in Daisy, Brownie, and Junior levels to earn the Space Science Badge (badges are not included in the kit).

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Let's Work Together

We depend on dedicated community volunteers across the nation to partner with us in our vision to bring Mission Teams to every community. Most of our Mission Team Leaders are teachers or parents with no particular background in space or engineering. Our lesson plans are written in an easy-to-understand format that guides volunteers through the program and allows them to learn alongside the students on their Mission Teams.  Furthermore, while we provide guidelines that ensure continuity across Mission Teams nationwide, they can adapt the educational program to their needs and local circumstances.