- The Voyage exhibition opened on the National
Mall in Washington, D.C., in October 2001. The one to 10-billion
scale model Solar System stretches 2,000 feet (600 meters) between
the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Castle.
- The exhibition went through the same approval process
as any new installation on the National Mall, e.g., the World
War II Memorial, with needed authorization by the U.S. Commission
of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission. The
Commissions required a seamless fusion of sculpture and science
education, conveying an aesthetic beauty worthy of placement on
the National Mall.
- A wide array of educational resources and programming
has been developed, including: the Voyage exhibition,
exhibition tours and tour brochures, grade K-12 lessons, family
and home activities, educator workshops, grade K-20 classroom
programs, and public and family events.
- The National Center for Earth and Space Science
Education (NCESSE) launched the Exhibition Replication Phase in
summer 2006 for communities across the nation and around the world.
- Community-wide Voyage programming has
been succcessfuly conducted in communities across the nation through
the Center's Journey through the Universe program. A
team of scientists, engineers, and educators, from research organizations
nationally, traveled to each community and delivered a week-long
event—Journey through the Universe Week—including
100-200 classroom presentations to 3,000 to 10,000 grade K-20
students; educator training for 30 to 200 teachers; and public/family
events for 200 to 2,000. All presentations were based on the Voyage
theme, and the Voyage educational materials were used
as the 'curriculum.'
- The Voyage grade K-12 education materials
are comprehensive enough to be adopted by school districts as
the space science curriculum, as was the case in 2000 for the
sixth grade in the District of Columbia Public Schools.
- Over 1,000 educators a year are trained on the
grade K-12 Voyage lessons through the MESSENGER Educator
Fellowship Program and Journey through the Universe,
both overseen by NCESSE.