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Just what does it take to be a rocket scientist?  NASA’s Johnson Space Center is leading the way for students wishing to explore possibilities in engineering, design, physics and whole variety of incredible space sciences.  

With the red planet Mars as your guide, students will experience a 5-day engineering mission to discover some of the most important aspects of planetary exploration.  Pupils will learn what’s required to land a rover on the surface of Mars, how to analyze rock samples with a Reflectance Spectrometer, how to loft a rock sample into Martian orbit, and then discover what it takes to return it safely back to Earth in a rocket of their own design. 

Throughout their Martian mission, groups will be working within a NASA budget, knowing that funds or supplies for your projects may be decreased at any time due to budget cuts, safety regulations, or any other experience representative of the real NASA world.  Our key focus will be on teamwork, problem solving, fiscal responsibility, communication, adaption to unexpected problems, the drive to be successful and most importantly, the ability to have fun through science, technology, math and engineering.

The exhilarating programming for Texas Space STEM is held at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas and includes amazing Master Classes, hands-on workshops and no shortage of fun time. Sample programming includes Rover design and parts testing, space suit design with a JSC engineer, neutral buoyancy lab tour, spectrometer presentation, rock laboratory, astronaut training and SCUBA dive session, rocket design, space physiology workshop and more.  All meals are included starting on Day 2 and extra activities include a very special Awards & Presentation Ceremony, exploring the Kemah Boardwalk, bowling and more.  

Prepare for take-off and join our team for a week of amazing space discovery!

This amazing STEM tour includes:

  • Design, Build & Launch a Rocket - Engineer a rocket of your own design, including deciding which rocket parts are needed and what they can afford given their own NASA project.
    Build a Robotic Mars Rover – Start with a price list for supplies and given varying criteria, design, build and test your rover.
    Engineer a Rover Lander - Working within a budget, design and create a lander which will safely protect its rover payload from the impact of landing on the Martian surface.
  • Lofting into Space - Within a budget, students will design and redesign an ascent vehicle methodically and with considerable problem solving.
    NASA Tours - See the historic Mission Control Center and the Space Station Mock-up Facility; visit the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory; see the rockets used in the early space program and more.
    Talk to NASA Experts - Hear a wide variety of presentations by NASA personnel who are really making space exploration happen.