The Columbia Memorial Space Center, located in Downey, California, is a hands-on learning center dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of science and innovation to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Through world-class programs and engaging exhibits, the Space Center strives to ignite a community of critical and creative thinkers.
ALL Downey students are now invited to enjoy the CMSC for free!
Please click the below links for more info. Registration must be done in person here at the CMSC for each student to receive their free admission card.
Policies & Procedures
Downey Student Registration Form
CMSC Summer Camps!
Engineering, Astronaut Training, Robotics, and 3D Printing
Engineering (4th – 5th and 6th – 8th) (August 1 – August 5) :
Come build, learn, and explore in our brand new engineering camp. Engineers make the world go round; they create our houses, cars, and even our beloved cellphones. We’ll build bridges, learn about electricity (making battery powered lightsabers), clean energy (constructing solar powered rovers), and so much more! If you have ever been curious about what it takes to be an engineer, come join us this summer to see what it is all about!
Astronaut (4th – 5th and 6th – 8th) (July 18 – July 22):
Ever wanted to be an astronaut when you grow up? Why wait! Come train with us and you can be in the first class of CMSC Astronauts. See if you have what it takes to survive on harsh Martain surface, partake in difficult space geology, and indulge in space technology, all the while learning about the red planet. Our staff will train you in physical activities, planetary science, and engineering to ensure you are ready for our first MARS MISSION.
Robotics Camp (4th – 5th and 6th – 8th) (July 11 – July 15 and July 25 – July 29):
Come join us this summer at our Robotics Camp!
4th and 5th graders will be learning all about the basics of robotics. Why do we need robots? What do we do with them? We will give you Robotics 101! You will be programming and building extensions for our NXT robots. Play robot tag and more fun games in our class set up for Robotics beginners!
Our 6th to 8th graders will be programming our EV3 robots to do multiple critical tasks on our Mars surface. Work in teams to rescue stranded astronauts, gather important rock samples for our researchers, and do cool tricks with our robots too!
3D Printing Workshop (6th – 8th) (July 6 -July 8):
Ever want to create your own figurine? How about putting your face on a rocket? This summer, you will have the opportunity to do just that! Come join us our first ever 3D-Printing Workshop! Learn how to build and design your own 3D models on the computer, then watch as your design prints right before your eyes!
Price is $150 per participant / $135 for CMSC Members
Astronaut Leland Melvin at the Columbia Memorial Space Center