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Though it's nowhere near Cape Canaveral, Spaceport Indiana opens a portal to the upper atmosphere and suborbital space through educational programs, a launch facility, and various testing facilities. Located at the Columbus Municipal Airport, the center helps private companies and the military test new innovations in low Earth orbit, while also running programs for curious junior astronauts. Summer camps and one-off sessions focus on building rockets and launching high-altitude balloons; scientists also travel to local classrooms for demonstrations. A yearly Space Day further excites exploratory instincts with topics that have included space tourism, interplanetary travel, living outside of Earth, and how much easier it is to bathe a dog when gravity can't help it run away.

5177 N Warren Dr.
Columbus,
Indiana
US

Challenge Nation pioneered the urban-adventure race with a race season that includes visits to more than 35 cities across the country. Each scavenger hunt is personalized to the hosting city, exploring its many diverse neighborhoods with a series of clues that would test even the most skilled children's-book detective. The teams?composed of at least two people?vie for a $300 first-place prize. The Amazing Race?style competition rewards quick wits and wise planning over physical fitness, so the best way to prepare is by doing logic puzzles while eating Funyuns and lounging in a La-Z-Boy. The top 25 teams qualify, the top five receiving free entry, to compete in the national championship, which rewards winning teams with a $5,000 cash prize.

110 West Washington Street
Indianapolis,
IN
US

Akin to screening potential blood donors, IMMB conducts a thorough review of donors' medical history and blood work to ensure safety for the recipient of the donation. Once collected, donor milk undergoes further analysis, culture testing, and pasteurization before IMMB's staff freezes it. The organization charges those requesting pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) a fee to help offset the cost of testing and processing the donated milk, but many families facing financial hardship are unable to pay this processing fee. To assist these families, IMMB began the Milk Money & More Project, which collects monetary donations to offset the processing fees of PDHM orders for families unable to meet its cost. Currently, IMMB spends the majority of its own operational budget on the collection, processing, and distribution of PDHM, and is financially unable to fulfill all requests for PDHM. The Milk Money & More Project is in need of additional funding in order to provide PDHM to infants whose families cannot afford it.

4755 Kingsway Dr
Indianapolis,
IN
US

Dads Inc.'s one-day Monopoly tournament provides fathers and kids with an enjoyable and engaging method for understanding and talking about finances. On Saturday, December 3, while kids and dads wheel and deal in Marvin Gardens–real-estate holdings, Dads Inc. will introduce the fundamentals of financial literacy as it relates to the game. The Monopoly tournament expects more than 20 dads to attend with their children, each family leaving with their own Monopoly game to continue the fun and the lessons at home.

3833 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis,
IN
US

In 2010, Indy Reads tutored 1,210 adults between the ages of 18 and 100. Most of the students begin tutoring with third- or fourth-grade reading levels. To comprehend a newspaper, it's necessary to read at a sixth-grade level or higher, and most GED instructors recommend at least a ninth-grade reading level to pass the GED test. Indy Reads's programming helps improve participants' reading levels through one-on-one tutoring, small-group sessions, and literacy labs held at neighborhood centers. The programming also includes services for people learning English as a second language.

2450 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis,
IN
US

The Theater Within prides itself on putting on shows that challenge audiences with the toughest issues of the day, provoking their mental engagement in the performance and their own internal reflections on the state of society and the individual. David Auburn's Proof, the winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2001 Tony Award for Best Play, explores themes of madness, genius, and love with the story of Catherine, whose father is a famed but unstable mathematician. When her father dies, Catherine is plunged into her own maelstrom of emotions as her estranged sister arrives, as well as a former student of her father's who has interest in the late mathematician's 103 notebooks. As Catherine deals with these outside forces, she also struggles with her own concerns that she'll follow in her father's mental footsteps. Each of The Theater Within's performances of Proof are followed by a forum with the show's cast, the theater's artistic director, and the audience on the issues touched upon in the play.

1125 Spruce St
Indianapolis,
IN
US