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Space University at Space Center Houston

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Space University from Frontiers Edutainment is a five day intensive programme of learning and discovery, and a once in a lifetime opportunity for students to visit NASA’s Johnson Space Center.  

Students participating in this programme will spend five days at Space Center Houston, the official visitor's Complex of NASA's Johnson Space Center.

The Space University programme at Space Center Houston will bring to life the concept of science and maths that students have studied in their textbooks. During the programme students will :

As part of this programme students will participate in the following activities/sessions.

  • work on innovative projects involving robotics and rocketry
  • meet NASA experts who will share their knowledge and expertise
  • take exclusive tours of the labs and facilities at NASA's Johnson Space Center
  • train like astronauts in a pool using scuba diving equipment
  • make presentations to NASA educators
  • watch space shows and space movies

Projects

The Space University programme at Space Center Houston will place students in the shoes of NASA scientists and engineers. Under the guidance of Space Center instructors, students will work on projects that replicate the activities that scientists and engineers perform on a typical NASA mission. These projects could involve robotics, rocketry monitoring of a habitat, experiments with high pressure and temperature and experiments to understand how things work in a micro-gravity environment.

NASA Tours

Students get a rare opportunity to tour the Johnson Space Center and visit the training facilities of NASA astronauts. These include the Astronaut Training Facility and the Neutral Buoyancy Lab or NBL in short. The Astronaut Training Facility contains detailed and life size mock up of the Space Shuttle and International Space Station components. The NBL is the world's largest indoor pool and has a replica of the International Space Station at the bottom of the pool. This lab is used to train astronauts in a simulated micro-gravity environment before they launch into space. Students will also visit the Historic Mission Control and the rocket garden to see the famed Saturn V moon rocket.

Students will get an opportunity to participate in various interactive shows that are conducted at Space Center Houston. These include the "Living in Space" Show and the "Blast Off Theater". These shows teach students about how astronauts cope with the difficulties of living in space and about NASA's current missions.

Student Presentations

With the objective of inculcating a spirit of teamwork and improving their communication skills, student teams are required to make presentations on space related topics to the Space University instructors and their peers. Each presentation is grade based on the content, delivery style and timing.

Scuba Diving Activity

Working with an expert NASA diver who trains astronauts at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab, students will receive training and participate in a scuba diving activity conducted at a pool to replicate the experience of working in a micro gravity environment.

NASA Experts

During the course of the programme, senior scientists and engineers who are currently working on the space programme will come and visit students to share their knowledge and expertise.

Topics for some of the expert sessions include The Space Shuttle, NASA Robotics, The Space Suit, Space Physiology and the International Space Station.

Key Learning Aspects:

Participants at the Space University Programme at Space Center Houston can expect to learn the following

  • Practical applications of science topics such as Newton’s laws of motion, friction, thrust, gravitational force, centre of mass and centre of gravity, reflectance spectrometers, sources of energy.
  • Rocket design principles
  • Space suit design and survival in extreme conditions
  • Team work
  • Presentation skills
  • Financial budgeting
  • Project management

Graduation Ceremony

Each participant in the Space University programme will receive a certificate from Space Center Houston and the best team will win trophies.

Add On Tours:
Orlando – Kennedy Space Center, Sea World, Disney World, Universal Studios

New York City
Niagara Falls
Washington DC
Hershey Chocolate Factory and Hershey Park

For more details about the add on tours click here

Please email us at contact@frontiersedu.com for further information about Space University.

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