Education programs

Space Center Houston's Learning Innovation Center is among the nation’s leading science-education resources. Our programs are based on national science standards and focus on science, technology, engineering and math to help adults and children think critically, learn about the past, present and future of America’s space flight program and build a greater understanding of the world. The children we teach and inspire today could be among the first humans to walk on Mars. Discover and explore our many educational programs, events and exhibits below.

Space Center U®

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!


Explorer Camps

Space Center Houston offers a variety of age-appropriate, educational camp experiences. Your child will engage in STEM activities while learning about space exploration. Campers participate in innovative robotics challenges, take part in space-themed interactive experiences and explore all that Space Center Houston has to offer!


Overnight Experiences

Grab your camping gear and head to the backyard because the night sky is calling us to camp out. During this unique time, Space Center Houston will be hosting Virtual Campouts. Explore science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on learning and challenging activities designed to build STEM skills.


Educator Resources

Our goal is to empower teachers to build leadership competencies by providing them with innovative space science and STEM development opportunities. These experiences may then be brought back to their students, schools and communities. Our programs accommodate both formal and informal educators grades K-12+.



With support from generous donors and members, Space Center Houston is committed to its nonprofit mission of expanding access to and participation in authentic STEM learning experiences for learners of all ages. We offer a variety of outreach programs to educators, students and the home-schooling community that are designed to encourage critical thinking, problem solving and innovation. These unique initiatives are designed to fuel the STEM Pathway and ignite interest in future STEM careers. Programs like Girls STEM Pathway, presented by Boeing, Exploration Academy, presented by Booz Allen Hamilton, and Title 1 School Visits are key components of our philanthropic mission that enable us to provide meaningful service to our community and beyond.


Field Trips

Inspire your students with an experience they will never forget. With more than 400 things to see and do, students can learn while experiencing real science, math and technology, including the interactive Mission Mars exhibit, the international landmark Independence Plaza, multiple flown spacecraft, a real Moon rock your students can touch, live presentations and so much more!


Innovation Gateway

Presented by BHP

Make a contribution to research, increase your scientific understanding and immerse yourself in science, technology, engineering and math with our Innovation Gateway community science initiative.


Human Performance Accelerator Lab

NASA is recognized globally for the ability to innovate and lead under pressure, especially in the harsh environments of space. Our Human Performance Accelerator Lab (HPAL) strategically combines NASA leadership insights with cutting-edge and inspirational strategy, human resources, and business experts. Through HPAL, you can gain these learnings for your teamwork and leadership toolkit.


Stars & STEM

Stars & STEM is designed for students in kindergarten through 12th grade who want to learn outside the classroom while experiencing the wonders of space exploration. We provide engaging STEM activities developed to match each grade level’s standards so students are challenged, inspired and eager to explore STEM concepts when they return to school.



Explore our resources for a curated source of educational activities, Thought Leader Series presentations, space history and trivia, NASA news and more! Watch videos, browse photo galleries and read interesting articles to get a better understanding of our center, NASA, and space science.


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Innovation Gateway

Girls STEM Academy, presented by Phillips 66 with support from Boeing

Space Center Houston created Girls STEM Academy to increase middle school girls’ interest in STEM fields and careers. Participants engage in innovative and creative applications of science content. They solve problems, build confidence, experiment with engineering challenges and learn about robotics, coding and technology through hands-on activities and NASA speakers. Thanks to support from Boeing, 240 girls were able to experience the excitement of STEM learning.

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