When you make a gift to Space Center Houston, you partner with us to open the doors of creativity, problem-solving and innovation for thousands of children and adults every year. Your gift, large or small, has a tremendous impact on our mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration.
Dynamic educational programs
Our educational programs play an important role in inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians and space explorers. We provide a broad array of programming for kindergarten through 12th-grade students and educators, focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The age-appropriate activities introduce and emphasize the practical application of scientific concepts to everyday life.
Our education programs focus on improving educational outcomes for students locally and worldwide. Exploration Academy, developed in collaboration with experts at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), immerses middle-school students and their teachers in space science learning to improve test scores. Girls STEM Academy targets middle-school girls to encourage scientific learning and skills development. The Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC) brings teachers from around the world to Houston each year to prepare them to integrate the latest space science into their curricula.
We rely on donations to extend these opportunities to low income students who otherwise would not be able to visit Space Center Houston. A donation of as little as $10 to the Title 1 School Visit Program can provide a low-income student the experience of a lifetime. Larger donations enable us to partner with schools that qualify as low income under the U.S. Elementary and Secondary Education Act of Title 1 to support the visit of an entire class of students.
Your contribution to Space Center Houston’s education programs is a direct investment in better educational outcomes for students and enhanced preparation for careers in STEM.
Space Center Houston inspires visitors through the heroic history of America’s space program and shares the amazing research and accomplishments taking place in human space exploration right now. We strive to provide our guests with unique, experiential learning opportunities every time they visit.
In addition to preserving over 450 space artifacts – from the Apollo 17 command module, to the Saturn V rocket, to the largest collection of lunar samples on public display in the world – Space Center Houston also provides a glimpse into the exciting future of space exploration, including the return to the moon and the voyage into deep space to Mars. Your unrestricted gift provides the means to help us maintain our exhibits, develop new programs and respond to new opportunities that integrate the latest technology to better engage, enlighten and inspire our audiences through the wonders of science and space exploration.
Capital Projects – ON A MISSION: Restore Historic Mission Control
In 2016, Space Center Houston launched a $5 million campaign to raise funds to help support the major restoration of Historic Mission Control at NASA Johnson Space Center in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to land a man on the moon. Thanks to the generosity of our lead contributor, the City of Webster, and others, we have raised $4 million toward our goal. You can help restore this national landmark by making a gift of any size. A fully restored Mission Control will have an inestimable value to Space Center Houston’s educational programs which encourage young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.