Wings of Eagles Discovery Center will showcase its groundbreaking new Earn Your Mars Driver’s License education program during a day full of activities celebrating two of the Martian rovers’ time on Mars.

Horseheads, NY (September 16, 2014) – On Saturday, October 11th from 10 AM to 2 PM, Wings of Eagles Discovery Center will be celebrating the 10 years of exploration the Spirit and Opportunity rovers have spent on Mars. The Discovery Center will be offering special museum admission prices that day; $5 for individuals and $10 for families. The day will include kid’s activities, special Mars exhibits and a first look at a brand new STEM based learning program where students can earn a Martian Driver’s License. An educational first, Wings of Eagles Discovery Center’s new Earn Your Mars Driver’s License program will allow students to work in teams to explore a simulated Martian terrain using iPad controlled robots while completing classroom based tasks. The new program has an adaptable curriculum that can be customized to different grade levels and school districts. This along with the Discovery Center’s internet remote capability means this new learning concept can be deployed anywhere that high speed internet services reach around the country. This program is a national first originating right here in the Southern Tier.

To continue the celebration, Wings of Eagles Discovery Center will be hosting their annual fundraising gala at 6 PM on October 11th. This year’s gala is entitled Mission to Mars and the evening’s program will include a presentation by Mars Research Scientist, Shoshanna Cole, currently based at Cornell University. Her presentation celebrating ten years of NASA’s successful deployment of the Mars rover program will add a global perspective to the need for early and continuous STEM education throughout all sectors of our school system. In order to fulfill the need locally, Wings of Eagles Discovery Center will use 100% of the proceeds from the Mission to Mars ticket sales to fund STEM based youth education programs at the Discovery Center. More information can be found at

Wings of Eagles Discovery Center is a regional, non-profit, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) facility in central southern New York state that provides formal and informal education for Kindergarten through 12th graders using aviation and space technology themed lessons. All of our programs are designed to integrate with and supplement the public classroom curriculum. In addition, Wings of Eagles Discovery Center also holds a historic aircraft collection comprised of aircraft, replicas, missiles, flight simulators and other items that are on display for public viewing. The collection covers a range of technological and cultural advances in aviation and aerospace from World War II to the present.