Mission to Mars Benefit Luncheon Supports Youth STEM Academies
Space and education enthusiasts gathered at River Oaks Country Club on Sept. 15 to support the nonprofit Space Center Houston’s inaugural fall luncheon: “Mission to Mars, What Will It Take?” The stellar day was led by co-chairs Janet and Harvin Moore and Keith and Alice Mosing and raised nearly $200,000 for Space Center Houston’s Youth STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Academies for underserved youth.
By supporting the Mission to Mars Luncheon, guests contributed to Space Center Houston’s STEM-focused educational programs such as Exploration Academy and Girls STEM Academy.
Youth STEM Academies Exploration Academy focuses on middle-school students, particularly underserved, low-income, and those facing academic, emotional or social challenges. Students take part in discussions and lab experiments highlighting science challenges on Earth and on the International Space Station, such as clean water, clean air and renewable energy.
Girls STEM Academy targets barriers for women entering STEM fields such as a lack of visible role models and a lack of personal identity with STEM. Girls STEM Academy encourages middle-school girls to apply STEM concepts and skills through hands-on, inquiry-based learning.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) form the backbone of America’s future workforce as well as of the educational programs offered by the nonprofit Manned Space Flight Education Foundation at Space Center Houston.
For tax purposes, the estimated fair market value per person is $35. Space Center Houston is a project of the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation.