Download the 2022 Impact Report
A message from space center Houston’s President & CEO William T. Harris
Space Center Houston reached several milestones in 2022. We celebrated our 30th anniversary, launched a new brand identity, and announced a bold vision for our science and learning center’s next 30 years. This year’s impact report highlights some of our initiatives that help reveal how science and humanity power space exploration, and just as important, the members, donors, and volunteers who make our work possible. It is about you, and those like you, who help Space Center Houston to make a powerful impact in our communities.
As a 501c3 nonprofit institution, we rely on charitable contributions like yours to grow our outreach initiatives and to expand our science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning programs for youth and adults alike. Thanks to your support, we have been able to make a powerful impact in our communities. In the year ahead, Space Center Houston will continue to tell the story of humanity’s incredible accomplishments in space exploration while expanding that narrative to include new ambitions, new players, and new challenges.
We look forward to sharing our progress with you in the coming year, but in the meantime, please take a moment to reflect on the tremendous impact that your support has enabled us to achieve. Thank you for your generosity and commitment to our mission.
William T. Harris President and CEO
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Boeing and Space Center Houston are working together to tackle the underrepresentation of women in STEM professions. The initiative offers a six-phase program that includes an introductory elementary school experience, a middle school project-based STEM program, a summer bridge program with mentoring, and a program for high school girls to engage in space challenges and research.
In 2022, the program provided STEM learning experiences for 1,474 female students, and after phase 2, Girls STEM Academy, supported by Phillips 66, 170 participants reflected on their experiences. Evaluators analyzed the letters and found that the program positively impacted attitudes towards STEM (85%) and self-confidence (68%), with 72% stating it helped support their career or academic goals.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about participating in the Girls STEM Pathway or becoming a Girls STEM Pathway Mentor.
“I learned not only what we saw in the virtual lessons but also to see with my eyes what I dreamt to know.”
– Space U Beyond Participant
Mila, a 15-year-old student, has achieved outstanding success in the Girls STEM Pathway. Since joining in 8th grade, she has completed the Girl’s STEM Academy, Space Center University, and Mentor Cafe. With plans to participate in the Fall 2023 research experience, Mila will soon become a Girls STEM Pathway graduate. She will be the first graduate eligible for the program’s sixth phase, offering her the chance to inspire and support younger students. Mila says the program has “completely shaped what I want to be when I am an adult [biomedical engineer] and helped me fall in love with all things STEM.”
Space Center Houston is working to promote diversity in STEM fields through their Space Center University Beyond program, which offers hands-on STEM experiences to underrepresented female students aged 11-16 worldwide. The program allows participants to learn online or attend hybrid activities both online and at the center. In 2022, the program expanded to five countries, including Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Peru, and the organization is aiming to continue expanding the program globally. The program’s success can be attributed to the partnerships with institutions such as the She Is Foundation and the lnstituci6n Zoraida Cadavid de Sierra in Madrid, Cundinamarca, Colombia, the very first school in Latin America to participate in the program with 90 participants in the inaugural class.
It is our aim to continue expanding around the world. Ivan Rodriguez, Space Center Houston’s vice chair of the Board of Directors, hails from Colombia and is playing an important role in Space Center University Beyond’s success. Rodriguez has used his connections from his former work in the energy sector to forge partnerships with institutions like lnstituci6n Zoraida Cadavid de Sierra in Madrid, Cundinamarca, Colombia. By fostering these partnerships, the Space Center University Beyond program is helping to build a more diverse STEM workforce.
Space Center Houston celebrated National STEM Day on November 8th by hosting over 400 Houston-area students from Title 1 schools in the Houston Independent School District. Attendees engaged in authentic science learning activities, including designing their own lunar lander and participating in interactive Pop-up Science Labs.
Space Center Houston’s Chief Science Officer and NASA astronaut, Dr. Megan McArthur, also shared her story and insights about how science and space exploration learning can be relevant and useful to everyone. Hundreds more students participated on line, making the event accessible to even more young minds. This event was made possible through financial contributions, which allow Space Center Houston to reach more schools and students through educational events that fuel creativity and encourage students to envision new possibilities for themselves.
To learn how you can sponsor a school for upcoming National STEM Days or similar activities, contact Space Center Houston at email@example.com.
NASA is recognized globally for the ability to innovate and lead under pressure, especially in the harsh environments of space. Our Human Performance Accelerator Lab (HPALab) combines NASA leadership insights with business and human resources expertise to build professional and career-focused curriculum. The program focuses on three tenets: becoming an explorer, taking a broader view, and embracing change. Participants practice leadership techniques through immersive experiences and engagement with industry experts and astronauts. HPALab’s program has been requested by companies of all sizes who want to bring key leadership groups, with outcomes teaching about self and team care, compassion, culture management, and curiosity.
HPALab partnered with Microsoft to create the Accelerate Space Workforce Program, which had 38 participants in 2022 committed to expanding their skill sets and learning about opportunities in the growing aerospace industry. The program includes virtual training sessions, onsite workshops, mock interviews, and a job fair with aerospace companies.
Learn more about HPALab and the Accelerate Space Workforce Program by visiting spacecenter.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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