Space Center University

Ever dreamed of being an astronaut? Have you wondered what it takes to travel and live on Mars? Do you want to engineer your own robotic rover and launch a rocket?

Come behind the scenes with Space Center U™, the ultimate educational experience, and get a taste of space exploration!

Space Center U™ is a challenging five-day program offered year-round to students ages 11-18. The program promotes teamwork, problem solving, communication and engineering solutions to space related situations. It is designed to develop and improve critical thinking skills, fiscal responsibility, creativity and the drive to be successful.

Program Activities

New program
Space Center U is expanding to include a new program for students ages 11-14 beginning this fall. Participants will experience interactive and engaging activities and challenges that explore moon missions including rocket launches, lunar habitat design and sustainability, robotic rovers and more.

Combining classroom theory with cognitive and tactile tasks, Space Center U™ simulates astronaut training and real-world NASA experiences. Space Center University students will discover areas such as robotics, rocketry, thermal protection systems and space habitats.

Participants will be inspired as they conduct experiments, collaborate to find solutions and go behind-the-scenes at NASA Johnson Space Center and the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, the world’s largest underwater training facility. The program culminates with a graduation ceremony celebrating the students’ accomplishments and an exclusive Brunch with an Astronaut.

Participants meet daily, Monday through Friday, at Space Center Houston from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Will you make the cut? There is only one way to know. Space is limited, so sign up today.

A completed and signed registration form is required along with a non-refundable administration fee to book your group. To register, contact Reservations at +1 281-283-4755 or fill out the registration form and email it to reservations@spacecenter.org.

Payment information

Space Center Houston accepts credit cards, money orders, cashier’s checks and wire transfers. Please note that wire fees are the responsibility of the group and are in addition to all program costs. Personal checks or purchase orders are not accepted.

A major credit card is the required form of payment to secure your reservation. The credit card will be charged at the time of booking for your administrative fees and will also be used for final payment if other arrangements have not been made four (4) weeks prior to the day of visit. The reservation will automatically be canceled if the credit card is declined and repayment has not been arranged.

Please make payment to Space Center Houston and mail to:
Space Center Houston
1601 NASA Parkway
Houston, TX 77058
Attention: Reservations


Group Registration and Administration Fee $300
Additional Night Hotel Fee (Applies to all group sizes) $125 per room

Space Center U™ requires a $300 non-refundable administration fee to make and secure your reservation and date. The date cannot be booked without payment with full and final payment required four weeks prior to your event date.

Wire fees are the responsibility of the group and are in addition to all program cost. Exact payments are required. Wire transfers must be received by Space Center Houston four (4) weeks before the scheduled date.

Final payment and final number of participants are due four (4) weeks prior to the day of visit. Space Center Houston reserves the right to cancel any reservation if final payment is not received four (4) weeks prior to the day of visit.

Space Center Houston reserves the right to cancel prior to the event due to low enrollment. Final cancellations for this reason will be determined four (4) weeks or more from the scheduled date.

No refunds will be within four (4) weeks of your visit due to the advanced hotel reservations, staff scheduling, food preparation and material purchasing. For this reason, refunding partial or full payment is not possible.

Cancellation of your visit must be received in writing, four (4) weeks prior to the date of visit.

Space Center Houston reserves the right to cancel prior to the event due to low enrollment. Final cancellations for this reason will be determined four (4) weeks or more from the scheduled date.

Important details

Lodging will be the responsibility of the group. Space Center Houston offers an “all-inclusive package,” which include hotel accommodations that will be coordinated by Space Center Houston. You may add-on an additional day for $125 per room per night. Note: hotel bookings are for double occupancy only, single occupancy is not permitted. Additional nights or extra rooms are the responsibility of the group.

Daily transportation to and from the hotel to Space Center Houston is the responsibility of the group.

All room arrangements are indoors with no outside access. All rooms are key access.

Hotel Code of Conduct
Each group is responsible for their students’ behavior while staying in the hotel. Space Center Houston is not responsible for unruly behavior and/or damage caused by participants in the Space Center U™ Program.

Transportation from any airport to the hotel is the responsibility of the participant.

Transportation to and from the hotel to Space Center Houston, the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory and the scuba dive session will also be the responsibility of the group.

Groups should meet with the Program Coordinator at 8 a.m. each day at the front of Space Center Houston for check in and instructions.

Lunch
Lunch is provided Monday through Thursday in Zero-G Diner. Participants are given a meal ticket daily. Menu items may be chosen that are sensitive to personal dietary requirements and preferences from the stations available.

Other Meals
All-inclusive hotels offer a hot breakfast. All other hotels selected by the group, breakfast is the responsibility of the group.

Evening meals are the responsibility of the participants. There are several restaurants within walking distance of Space Center Houston, as well as most of the area hotels used for lodging.

A “Brunch with an Astronaut” will take place at 9 a.m. on Friday morning. Brunch will offer a buffet style meal for all participants. Parents are welcome to join for a fee of $69.95. A minimum of two day advanced notice is needed.

Clothing
  • Pack enough clothing for at least 6 days.
  • Be sure to bring a swimsuit, t-shirt and towel for the dive session.
  • Pack a jacket as it may get cold in the classroom and a raincoat (in case of inclement weather) for the tram ride each day.

Other Items

  • Cameras are welcome.
  • Participants may want some form of entertainment for the evenings at the hotel. Don’t forget to bring a charger for phone or game.
  • Most hotels used have Wi-Fi access.
  • Students may also want to bring cash for incidentals, evening meals and souvenirs.

The safety of all participants and staff is very important.

If inclement weather is forecasted and Space Center Houston is asked to close, we will notify all participants. If a participant cannot get to Space Center U™ due to the weather, please call and notify Reservations or your Education contact.

Rocket launches will be cancelled if inclement weather occurs.

Space Center Houston can provide a Visa letter upon request for all international visitors. Visa Invitation letters will only be issued after the administration fee and registration forms have been completed. The letter will be sent to the group coordinator. Space Center Houston will not send the letter to the Embassy or Consulate.

Space Center U™ participants

Students from every continent in the world except Antarctica have participated in Space Center U™ including students from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Taiwan, Trinidad, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.

For more information, please read the Space Center U™ frequently asked questions, call +1 281-283-4755 or email reservations@spacecenter.org.