This weekend a contingent of AGI’ers will be getting all dolled up for the 2012 Galaxy Ball
, a benefit for the Federation of Galaxy Explorers
(FOGE). FOGE is a nonprofit organization that promotes the exploration of science and technology to students of all ages. Schools and organizations from all over the country have set up Mission Teams to inspire kids to learn more about space science, engineering, Earth science, rocketry and space citizenship. FOGE hosts events such as Battle of the Rockets
, a competition that includes building rockets that must launch to 1,000 ft while carrying a rover, designing and building a rocket and lander that can be launched to 1,200 ft and deploy a lander and design and build a rocket to reach as close to 1,700 ft as possible.
AGI’s Mission Team
has members that range from 1st
grades and have participated in experiments such as protecting your egg from a water landing (a space history lesson on the Apollo landings), building commercial spacecraft from Lego’s and even one on reverse engineering (the kids had lots of fun taking apart computers). The goal of our mission team is to share the passion and expertise that AGI employees have for space, science and technology with kids from across our community.
The 2012 Galaxy Ball is not only a great fundraising event, but is also an opportunity to honor leaders and volunteers of space education. This year FOGE will be honoring Mr. Michael B. Donley, Secretary of the Air Force who will be receiving the Space Leadership Award and space artist Mr. Pat Rawlings who will be receiving the Space Education Inspiration Award. It’s not too late to join us in celebrating individuals and companies who contribute to space exploration while supporting an organization that truly inspires kids to realize the dream of space exploration. Register now for the 2012 Galaxy Ball: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2847074677?ref=ebtn