Space Center Houston and Repsol Launch an Agreement to Promote STEM Education
HOUSTON, March 21, 2019 –The nonprofit Space Center Houston and Repsol, a global multi-energy company, are pleased to announce an agreement to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and learning opportunities for students in the greater Houston area and beyond.
The agreement reflects the shared vision of Repsol and Space Center Houston to promote innovation and inspire the next generation to pursue a career in STEM.
“We are proud to partner with Space Center Houston, a respected and iconic institution, to promote STEM education in our community,” Repsol U.S. Business Unit and Houston Office Director Woody Pace said. “We look forward to working together with Space Center Houston to generate excitement about STEM and to empower our future leaders for success.”
The agreement will support educational programs at Space Center Houston, including Sensory Friendly Events and Explorer Camps, to teach students about STEM through interactive learning experiences and to drive curiosity in the next generation of explorers.
“Together, Repsol and Space Center Houston are able to reach more students with science and space exploration learning experiences,” said William T. Harris, the center’s president and CEO. “Repsol is supporting a need to enable youth to understand endless career opportunities in space exploration.”
Space Center Houston’s Sensory Friendly Events provide guests an after-hours experience to enjoy the museum with reduced stimulus from lights and sounds and without large crowds. These events offer guests special educational activities tailored for those with sensory sensitivities. There is also access to a designated quiet room with a comfortable sitting area and a bed to step away and recharge. Join Space Center Houston’s Sensory Friendly Events on April 6, May 18, June 7, and Oct. 19.
The science and space exploration learning center and supporting partner Repsol will provide a hands-on robotic track as a part of the center’s inspiring Explorer Camps. Youth participate in innovative robotics challenges, take part in space-themed interactive experiences and explore all that Space Center Houston has to offer. This is one way Space Center Houston and Repsol are partnering to provide everyone access to be part of the NASA mission.
Repsol and Space Center Houston will continue their collaboration for the Repsol Student Innovation Awards, which recognize students in elementary through high school for outstanding accomplishments in STEM. The awards also honor university students selected from around the state for academic excellence and dedication to STEM studies.
“It’s amazing to see what these kids can achieve when they are excited about STEM,” Pace said. “We’re honored to host the Repsol Student Innovation Awards to celebrate their talent and encourage their passion to build a better future for our planet.”
Repsol is a global multi-energy company committed to innovation and technology to drive the sustainable growth of society. The company operates in more than 37 countries with a team of 25,000 people worldwide, who are working to find and develop better energy solutions.
Repsol is an industry leader in the development of new technology. The company is actively engaged in research and development of new energy sources to help reduce emissions and increase energy access, including bioenergy, renewable energy, sustainable mobility, energy storage and energy efficiency. Learn more at www.repsol.energy.
The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit science and space exploration learning center with extensive educational programs. Space Center Houston is the cornerstone of its mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration. The center draws more than one million visitors annually, was named “the Best Museum in Texas” by USA Today and generates a $73 million annual economic impact in the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center and a Certified Autism Center. More than 250,000 teachers and students from around the world visit the center annually to experience our educational space museum with more than 400 things to see and do. For more information, go to www.spacecenter.org.