Lifelong Learning

Educational partnerships with Purdue and NASA help Grand Universe stand out among other science and space centers. Grand Universe will be able to use these partnerships to foster lifelong learning and instill a desire to learn more about science and technology among all ages.

Our Stories

The dream of Grand Universe

CEO, Greg McCauley, discusses how his experience with teaching kids about science and space was the inspiration for Grand Universe.

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What does success look like?

Vice President of Engagement, Mike Newberg talks about how being able to teach kids and help them grow in their understanding of the universe around them has greatly impacted the idea behind Grand Universe.

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Educational Programming Partnerships

What distinguishes Grand Universe from other science and space centers is that we will provide educational programs and resources from Purdue University and NASA.

Purdue University

  • Purdue University CATALYST
  • Purdue College of Agriculture
  • Purdue Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

Dr. Lynn Bryan
Director: Purdue CATALYST
Purdue University Professor Science Education
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Grand Universe Board of Directors


  • NASA Earth System Observatory, Goddard Space Flight Center
  • NASA Scientific Visualization Studio, Goddard Space Flight Center
  • NASA Earth System Data Explorer, Langley Research Center

Dr. Mark SubbaRao
Director: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio
NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center
Ph.D. Astrophysics, Johns Hopkins University
Former President, International Planetarium Society
Grand Universe E-STEM Advisory Board

Purdue University STEM Programs

Purdue CATALYST leads the development of all K-12 STEM programming for Grand Universe. All K-12 STEM programming, curriculum, and activities will align with the Indiana Academic Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

Purdue CATALYST offers the “Pre-K to Gray” programming with:

  • Professional development for teachers
  • School field trips
  • Out-of-school programs
  • Summer programs
  • Virtual learning
  • Lifelong learning programs for adults

Coming soon!STEM Programs & Summer Camps

  • Agriscrience ResearchGrand Universe STEM instructors will work with local farmers to offer drone-flying sessions in the fields, allowing students to gain hands-on experience and farmers to gain valuable data on crop health and irrigation.
  • Robotics LabThe Robotics Lab at Grand Universe will create a space where students can build robots from gears, sensors, and circuit boards under the guidance of an instructor. Alongside a large obstacle-filled testing area, teams can brainstorm, sketch, code, and troubleshoot to refine their robots.
  • 3D Design and PrintingThe 3D Design and Printing Lab at Grand Universe will give students a chance to use high-end computers and CAD software to create 3D models for engineering and design projects.
  • Deep Space Image ProcessingThe Grand Universe Computing Center will be a state-of-the-art computer science lab where students process raw data from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, unveiling deep space images of galaxies, nebulae, and other cosmic structures.
  • Computer Science CoursesThe Computer Science Lab at Grand Universe will have high-powered computers and stations equipped with multiple monitors for coding, debugging, and running simulations.
  • Girls in STEMThe Grand Universe Girls in STEM program will create a supportive environment that encourages young women to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.