Experience space exploration

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?

This summer Space Center Houston is offering a variety of age-appropriate inspiring Space Center University experiences with safety top of mind. This is one way, in the wake of COVID-19, we aim to continue inspiring all generations through the wonders of space exploration while maintaining the highest level of safety for our guests, crew members and the community.

Our Space Center University Clean Room experience was inspired by NASA clean room procedures to educate our future engineers in an immersive way while also maintaining health and safety. Additionally, class sizes will be limited this summer, to allow everyone to follow social distancing and sanitation practices.

NASA is a leader in crew safety and clean room procedures to ensure that when we explore, we keep other worlds pristine and uncontaminated. Clean rooms are an industry standard for environmental control and contamination of critical aerospace hardware.

The experience engages children in high-fidelity clean room safety procedures and immerses students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities. Participants engage in innovative robotics challenges, rocket launches, habitat design, heat shield testing and other interactive STEM experiences and explore all that Space Center Houston has to offer!

Follow the links below to see pricing and register for age-specific camps, or contact our Reservations Department at +1 281-283-4755 for assistance.
A safety and sanitation briefing session is required for parents/guardians.

Please note: Campers do not stay overnight in these weeklong programs.

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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.

Will you make the cut? There is only one way to know. Space is limited, so sign up today.

Space Center U Clean Room Programs

Immersing students in authentic learning opportunities tied to NASA missions, Space Center U offers a high level of STEM topics applied to real world and space related experiences.

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.

Registration

To register for a Space Center U program, visit the program links below and complete online registration or fill out the PDF registration form and email it to reservations@spacecenter.org.

For more information, please read the Space Center U frequently asked questions, email reservations@spacecenter.org or call +1 281-283-4755.

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Frequently asked questions

There are still a few Space Center U summer spots remaining! Register today!

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New programs launching this year

Space Center U is growing! We are launching multiple new programs including Space Center U Dual Operations Mission, Family Mission, Flight Operations Mission, and Space Survival Mission. Submit your email address below to be one of the first to learn about and register for these dynamic new programs.


Experience space exploration

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! 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.

Will you make the cut? There is only one way to know. Space is limited, so sign up today.

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Build & launch rockets

Students build & launch rockets

Design & test thermal systems

Thermal system testing

Program & operate robots

Roving robotics at Space Center U

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Program Activities

Immersing students in authentic learning opportunities tied to NASA missions, Space Center U offers a high level of STEM topics applied to real world and space related experiences.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 and the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, the world’s largest underwater training facility. The program culminates with a graduation ceremony celebrating the students’ accomplishments and an exclusive Brunch with an Astronaut.

Participants meet daily, Monday through Friday, at Space Center Houston from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Registration

To register for a Space Center U program, visit the program links above and complete online registration or fill out the PDF registration form and email it to reservations@spacecenter.org.

For more information, please read the Space Center U frequently asked questions, email reservations@spacecenter.org or call +1 281-283-4755.

International participation

Space exploration is a true international collaboration! Students from every continent in the world except Antarctica have participated in Space Center U including students from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Taiwan, Trinidad, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States. Come and be a part of the space exploration mission!

International Participation Map

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Frequently asked questions

Photo gallery

Browse the photo gallery below to see examples of STEM-based activities and experiments conducted by Space Center U® participants.

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