Come behind the scenes with Space Center U®, the ultimate educational experience, and get a taste of space exploration! Space Center U is a challenging multi-day program offered year-round to individuals and groups. The program promotes teamwork, problem solving, communication and engineering solutions to space related situations. It is designed to develop and improve critical thinking skills, fiscal responsibility, creativity and the drive to be successful.
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Space Center University students will discover areas such as robotics, rocketry, thermal protection systems and space habitats. Participants will be inspired as they engineer solutions to space related challenges, collaborate to find solutions and go behind-the-scenes at NASA Johnson Space Center. The program culminates with a social distancing graduation ceremony celebrating the students’ accomplishments and a virtual astronaut presentation with Q&A.
To register for a Space Center U program, visit the program links and complete online registration.
Did you know Dual-level members and above receive a discount for Space Center U registration? Contact the membership department at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
2022 Scholarships have been awarded.
SUBMISSIONS CLOSED UNTIL FALL 2023.
The Gene Kranz Scholarship Program provides deserving students ages 11-18 with scholarships to Space Center U®, a week-long, immersive engineering design program that enables students to build essential life skills and a drive for continuous ingenuity that Kranz made famous: competence under pressure, innovative problem solving and excellent teamwork. Through students’ participation in Space Center U®, Space Center Houston broadens opportunities for students to participate in immersive STEM learning experiences and fields.
Directly after the Apollo 1 tragedy, Gene Kranz addressed his mission control team and established the Kranz Dictum, which states, “…From this day forward, Flight Control will be known by two words: ‘Tough’ and ‘Competent.’ Tough means we are forever accountable for what we do or what we fail to do. We will never again compromise our responsibilities… Competent means we will never take anything for granted. We will never be found short in our knowledge and in our skills…”
Applicants will submit an essay relating to the Gene Kranz Doctrine and submission of a letter of reference from one of their educators. Scholarships will be awarded based the impact of the applicant’s essay and a letter of reference from an educator. Selected applicants will be notified via email if they are selected. Scholarship recipients are selected by a Space Center Houston Education Committee made up of education specialists and directors under the direction of the Education Vice President for Space Center Houston.
The scholarship includes registration to a Space Center Houston Space University Program, but it does not cover travel expenses or lodging. Participants must arrange their own transportation to and from the airport, to and from the hotel each day, and to other destinations depending on the program selected (Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, SCUBA session, etc.). Scholarship value is $600 – to be utilized for Space U programming only. No cash value.
Cancellations must be emailed to email@example.com and received no later than four weeks before the first day of program. (Participants will be re-scheduled based on availability of open program slots; Cancellations made after the deadline will not be rescheduled and candidates will not be considered for future scholarships; if Space Center Houston cancels the program, the registrant(s) may reschedule).