Exploration Academy

Exploration Academy is a 16-week project-based, problem-based, corrective science program for public, private, charter and home school students, grades fifth through seventh.

The academy is designed to be an innovative program to inspire and engage students and educators with STEM learning activities. Using hands-on activities to teach major lessons while providing the students with practical applications as well as a more holistic and social view of science. Students learn, understand and seek solutions to problems that not only affect our communities but also afflict the world.

The topics of study encompass the International Space Station’s (ISS) water, air, and electrical systems, alongside Earth’s own water filtration, air/atmosphere, electrical, solar and renewable energy systems.

Exploration Academy is part of Space Center Houston’s Youth STEM Academies program.

Meeting high standards

Activities are aligned with the following standards – Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), New England Skeptical Society (NESS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The goals are:

  • To understand the importance of the world’s natural resources.
  • To become aware of the dangerous effects of the carelessness, misuse and over use of our renewable, non-renewable and inexhaustible natural resources.
  • To collaborate and “think outside the box” for solutions to problems that pollute our environment.
  • Program designed for students who are struggling with science concepts
  • To become a more active and aware citizen that will participate in stopping pollution of all forms with the purpose of promoting a more conscientious society.

Students will

  • Build water filters to test against natural filters and professional filters.
  • Test air for pollution and develop ways to clean air.
  • Design, construct and test various forms of “green” energy.
  • Solve problems that occur on the International Space Station (ISS).
  • Collaborate online with international students.

International component

Learning with and from students from other cultures and countries is an integral part of Exploration Academy’s highly successful science program. In today’s increasingly interconnected and globalized world, traditional learning is being supplemented with new and exciting methods that bring the world into our classrooms.
Exploration Academy participants collaborate with students from Centro De Educacion Bilingue in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico and Pierre and Marie Curie School in Managua, Nicaragua throughout the duration of the program.

Session dates: Sept. 13, 2016 – March 3, 2017

To learn more contact Alice Walker at +1 281-283-4764 or awalker@spacecenter.org.