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Encourage your child to explore, create and discover new ideas this December by participating in the Columbia Memorial Space Center’s Winter Break Workshops!   Our selection of workshops include topics continuously experiencing great advancements year after year. Offer your child the opportunity to stimulate their curiosity, open their mind, and have FUN! Visit our Calendar for […]

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The Columbia Memorial Space Center is a hands-on learning center dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of space science to children of all ages.  We also serve as the national memorial for the Space Shuttle Columbia’s seven crew members lost in 2003.  Located in Downey, California, we strive to be the most accessible science learning center in the Los Angeles area.  Our 20,000 square foot visitor center is equipped with not only amazing technology and visual teaching exhibits, but also a friendly staff and atmosphere to help make them more enjoyable.  We’re constantly holding classes and workshops for youth and community educators.

The Space Center also hosts one of over 50 Challenger Learning Centers on the planet and is the only CLC in the greater Los Angeles area.  When operating, you can “Return to the Moon”, “Rendezvous With a Comet”, or go on a “Voyage to Mars,” and experience the real-life excitement of working in Mission Control or in the Spacecraft.  Our CLC is available for field trips, team-building exercises, and parties of 16 or more.

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Teacher Workshop 2014FREE Teacher Workshops at the Columbia Memorial Space Center!

Fully credentialed and pre-service teachers are invited to learn and explore by joining these informative and innovative workshops that serve to benefit their classroom and school! Engage in the Cosmic Connection, increase your technology skills or become certified in handling real lunar samples!NASA_LOGO

Upcoming Workshop:

Our Solar System and the Periodic Table of Elements

Saturday, December 13th

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

1:00 – 3:00 PM FREE Space Mission Simulator for participants

Pre-registration is required.

Visit our Teacher Resources page for more information.

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Interested in registering for a workshop, class, or booking your next birthday party, banquet, or meeting at the Columbia Memorial Space Center?

Visit the City of Downey’s ActiveNet online portal to register.

Visit our Upcoming Events page to browse a list of our classes and workshops, or visit any of the following pages to start planning your next event!




 Click on the Kids’ Club logo to check out NASA’s website just for kids: NASA’s  Kids’ Club! With so many fun games, education has never been so fun and entertaining.

Interview with William J. Roberts 

Former NASA Downey engineer describes Downey’s role in aerospace history. Check out this interview of Bill Roberts as he describes his experience working for North American Rockwell Corporation right here in Downey during the 1980’s.

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