Ages 11-14 Program

Space Center University offers challenging, quality STEM education inspired by space exploration. The five-day lunar program includes the following:

  • Hands-on, engineering-based activities and data collection technology integration for real-world analysis.
  • Behind-the-scenes access to “the real thing” including exciting tours of actual astronaut training and work facilities, such as NASA Johnson Space Center, Rocket Park and the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory.
  • Interactive, project-based learning that includes sustainable habitat construction, strategic scientific planning and investigations, a one-stage rocket launch, collaborative teaming and global awareness development.
  • Hear from guest speakers about what it takes to work at NASA and the projects that prepare humans for space exploration.
  • Daily lunch served at Space Center Houston in the Zero-G Diner.
  • Brunch with an Astronaut.
  • Graduation ceremony and certificates.

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Program activities

“Go” for Launch!
Participants will engineer, build and launch a one-stage rocket. Students will perform stability tests to ensure their rockets are flight-ready and work through calculations to determine apogee, or maximum altitude. Launch site may vary based on weather conditions.


Science Modules
Space exploration involves physics, chemistry, biology and many more fields of science. The science modules allow students to accomplish smaller tasks related to revealing the unknowns of space. Participants will work with in teams to solve these mysteries and receive bonuses to use in engineering challenges.


Team Building
A critical aspect of being an astronaut is being able to work with teammates to ensure the mission is a success. Each day students will be engaged in team building activities to learn how to listen, communicate, collaborate and solve problems together.


Lunar Living
What is it like living in space? How do astronauts get enough clean water and air? How do astronauts communicate and work with peoples from different cultures? Students will participate in SIM (simulated) scenarios and build their own functioning Lunar habitat that sustains core areas of life while maintaining cultural and global awareness.


Roving Robotics
Participants will explore and accomplish tasks in space using a robotic rover based on a given set of parameters. Students will learn the math calculations needed to traverse the space field and to use sensors to improve accuracy. They also will translate the mathematic calculations into the coding instructions for their robot to ensure mission success!


Bring the Heat!
Getting back to Earth is no easy task. Heat shields must withstand temperatures of over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit (537 degrees Celsius) during re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. Students will design, build, test, re-design and re-test heat shields to ensure astronaut safety during re-entry.


NASA Exclusives: Behind-the-Scenes Reality Tours
Students will tour NASA Johnson Space Center with stops at historic Apollo era Mission Control, Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory and the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility including its full-size training modules of the International Space Station. They will see rockets up-close that were used in early space exploration and experience the space shuttle replica Independence atop the historic Boeing 747 shuttle carrier aircraft.
Independence Plaza
Get a rare glimpse into the shuttle program with a tour of Houston’s international landmark exhibit Independence Plaza. Students will go inside the high-fidelity shuttle replica Independence, mounted on top of the historic and original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft, and then explore the giant plane. It is the world’s only shuttle mounted on an SCA and the only one allowing the public to enter both.

Starship Gallery
Students will see and touch real moon rocks and flown spacecraft while learning about the history of space flight.

Brunch with an Astronaut
Dine with a NASA astronaut and hear their first-hand stories about space exploration.


Graduation
Celebrate your students’ achievements at Space Center U™ graduation surrounded by one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of space suits in our Astronaut Gallery. To commemorate the special experience, students will receive Space Center U™ certificates and medals.

Monday Welcome in Mission Briefing Center, NASA Johnson Space Center tour, one-stage rocket build and rocket launch
Tuesday Lunar habitat challenge, Science Modules
Wednesday Robotic design, construction & coding
Thursday Neutral Buoyancy Lab tour, robotics competition, thermal heat shield challenge
Friday Brunch and Q&A with an Astronaut, Starship Gallery tour, Independence Plaza tour, graduation ceremony

*Activities are subject to change without notice due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Pricing information

No hotel included; Includes admission, supplies, staff, lunch and graduation.
Students $615.95
Chaperones $615.95

Includes hotel (double-occupancy), admission, supplies, staff, lunch and graduation.

Students $950.95
Chaperones $950.95

Graduation ceremony and Brunch with an Astronaut parent and non-program participant price: $69.95 per person.

No hotel included; Includes admission, supplies, staff, lunch and graduation.
Students $525.95
Chaperones $525.95

Includes hotel (double-occupancy), admission, supplies, staff, lunch and graduation.

Students $885.95
Chaperones $885.95

Graduation ceremony and Brunch with an Astronaut parent and non-program participant price: $69.95 per person.

Age and class size

Participants must be between the ages of 11-14.

If the participant is 10 and turning 11, they may attend with the understanding that the material is designed for middle school, age-appropriate learning.

To open the event, there must be a minimum of 10 participants in a group. If a group has less than 10, they will need to pay the minimum fee (See payment information). Individual registrations are accepted only on the dates that have confirmed participants already scheduled to ensure that there are the minimum number of students to book the program.

The maximum per event is 70 students. Larger groups will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

A minimum of 1:10 chaperons to student ratio is required for the program.

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