|The Bridge of the Original USS Voyager|
Help Us Build the New Voyager and Fund Project Voyager
The original USS Voyager at the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center in Pleasant Grove closed for good on July 31, 2012. The cost to remodel the Space Center's first simulator to meet full handicap accessibility, remove the spiral staircase and replace it with stairs, etc. etc. proved to be too much. It wasn't cost effective considering the Space Center's host school (Central Elementary) and the Space Center would most likely be on the next school district bond for demolishing and replacing.
The Voyager was the first ship for tens of thousands of Space Center visitors. It was the only simulator I personally flight directed. It was the primary dorm for the overnight camps. It was the only simulator with multiple decks. Despite its flaws, it was the best simulator built - until now.
A new Starship Voyager is under construction at Renaissance Academy in Lehi. Renaissance Academy is a public charter school with an emphasis on foreign languages and experiential education. The school has committed $150,000 to the project. This money will build most of the ship except for two rooms. Our Space Education Center Foundation has committed to help raise the rest of the money we need to finish the new Voyager's Engineering Room and Sick Bay, along with scholarship funds for deserving students who want to participate in our new student organization called Project Voyager.
Please take a minute and visit the Project Voyager's web site to learn about this exciting educational opportunity for students between the ages of 10 and 17. What student wouldn't want to be on one of the LDM (Long Duration Mission) squadrons? Of course, this will all take money - which is why we are sponsoring a fundraiser. A donation of any size will help AND every donation is tax deductible. We also have some nice thank you gifts for your donations.
Please visit the funding site and considering donating to our cause.