Space University


Come and explore the exciting and multi-faceted world of engineering on Mars at Space Center Houston! Space University is a five day engineering mission for students, ages 12-14 and 15-18. This program stresses teamwork, critical thinking, fast- paced problem solving, and real life NASA engineering skills. You will compete to be the best team. You will push your boundaries and expand your horizons. You WILL be an engineer!



Our mission is to engage students in critical thinking, creativity, fiscal responsibility and the drive to be successful.


Space University is a week long program offered year round, Monday through Friday. Each day runs from  8:30am – 5:00pm (times subject to change).  We schedule each individual Space University on a first come first serve basis, so register now. Contact Education at (281) 244-2164 or Email: to register.

A $525 deposit is required to secure your requested date.


Register online 12-14 years old
Register online 15-18 years old


Students need to be between the ages of 12-18. Groups need to have at least 20 students to allow for a good team ratio.


Be a Chemical Engineer!
Having clean air and water on Earth is extremely important and it will be even more important to have clean air and water on Mars.

Be a Mechanical Engineer!
Help your team to design and build the perfect Land Rover. Build it tough enough to traverse the rocky plains of Mars while accomplishing complex task along the way.

Be an Aerospace Engineer!
You and your team will design a complex, multistage, commercial rocket from the ground up.

Be a Civil Engineer, Underwater!
Dive in and help your team construct an underwater habitat. You will learn the basics of Scuba diving from licensed NASA divers.

NASA Tours
Several tours are given of NASA’s Johnson Space Center highlighting both Mars and project-related themes. View historic Mission Control Centers and the Space Station Mock-up Facility with its life-sized models of the International Space Station. Visit the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory where astronauts train for extravehicular activities (EVA) in simulated microgravity. See up-close rockets used in the early space program.

Talk to NASA Experts
Hear presentations by NASA personnel who are really making space exploration happen. Topics might include Space Exploration, Rocket Propulsion, Mission Control, the International Space Station, Space Shuttle, Robotics, Space Suit Design or Space Physiology.

2014 DATES

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November 3-7, 10-14, 17-21

December 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 29-2

Frequently asked questions

Former and current Space University participants:

  • Australia
  • China
  • Colombia
  • India
  • Korea
  • Mexico
  • Pakistan
  • Scotland
  • Taiwan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States


Graduation and dinner after hours in our Saturn Club while overlooking Space Center Houston or in our Starship Gallery under the stars and among historic artifacts.


Call: (281) 244-2164 or Email:

Space Center Houston Educational Programs