Exploration Academy

Exploration Academy is a 16-week corrective science program for students in fifth through seventh grades at public, private, charter and home schools. Students learn, understand and seek solutions to problems that not only affect our communities but also afflict the world. The next session begins in September.

The topics of study encompass the International Space Station’s water and air systems; Earth’s water filtration, air and atmosphere; and solar and electrical systems. Exploration Academy is part of the center’s Youth STEM Academies program.

Meeting high standards
Activities are aligned with standards such as the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, New England Skeptical Society and Next Generation Science Standards. Students will:

  • Build water filters to test against natural filters and professional filters;
  • Test air for pollution and develop ways to clean air;
  • Design, construct and test various forms of “green” energy;
  • Solve problems that occur on the International Space Station; and
  • Collaborate online with international students

International component
Learning alongside other cultures is an integral part of Exploration Academy’s highly successful science program. In today’s increasingly interconnected and globalized world, traditional learning is being supplemented with new and exciting methods that bring the world into our classrooms.

Exploration Academy participants collaborate with students from Centro De Educacion Bilingue in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico and Pierre and Marie Curie School in Managua, Nicaragua.

Contact Alice Walker at 281-283-4764 or awalker@spacecenter.org for more information.