Columbia Memorial Space Center
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. The center offers a wide variety of educational STEM programs, as well as a public robotics lab where participants are assigned a LEGO Mindstorm EV3 robot and learn the principals of robotic programming, engineering, failure analysis, and mission management. In addition, the center has the only Southern California Challenger Learning Center where you can experience the workings of Mission Control and Spacecraft.