Our Vision is to expand the frontiers of science and technology to explore and develop space.
Our Mission is to educate, guide, and prepare the next generation to accept the challenge of expanding humankind's presence in space.
The Federation of Galaxy Explorers (FOGE) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that educates and inspires the next generation of explorers in space-related Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
They learn the science and technology that is changing their lives and become prepared for employment in the 21st century.
All members are governed by our Guide Stars (Fundamental Principles). They include the values of honesty, respect for others, a positive attitude, and teamwork. These values represent the qualities required of persons to engage in scientific inquiry and space exploration.
To work toward our Mission, we offer Mission Teams, summer camps, activity kits, special events, and a rocket competition for youth from elementary school thru college.
The program provides a critical support infrastructure to motivate and educate children outside the classroom. This infrastructure is particularly important given the lack of classroom resources, science and math teachers, and modern-day peer pressure.
We seek to educate future generations in a low-cost, high-impact way by drawing on the volunteer spirit of people.
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.
The Way Forward
Impacted by the 2020 pandemic and a need for 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.
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 believe that an educated population is vital for a great society 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.