Want to be a rocket scientist? Or just know what they do? New Mexico Space Academy has something for the young astronaut in each of us, whether it’s week-long summer camps or education programs held here at the museum or in your class.
Space is a powerful way to enhance and amplify what you do in school. Youngsters of all ages are naturally drawn to space exploration. At the same time, anything we do in space is rooted in STEM-H (science, technology, engineering, math, and health) here on Earth, often in the simplest ways. For example, the butterflies you felt in your stomach as a kid on a swing are related to what happens to astronauts in space, and to International Space Station research that may improve automobile engines, which we can show in a falling tea candle.
Activities can touch on any of the sciences and New Mexico’s rich history in the space program, and encourage kids to pursue education and careers in STEM-H fields, and can help parents understand opportunities for their children.
New Mexico Space Academy is an entity of the New Mexico Museum of Space History, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs for the State of New Mexico, and the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation. Formerly known as Shuttle Academy, the camp was established in 1986 as a program for local school children, and has grown to host students from throughout the United States, Canada, South America, New Zealand and Europe. It is operated through the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
Technical assistance and educational support for the program are provided by the Apache Point Observatory; Holloman Air Force Base, High Speed Test Track; NASA Johnson Space Center, White Sands Test Facility; National Solar Observatory, Sunspot; New Mexico Tech; White Sands Missile Range; White Sands National Monument; City of Alamogordo Recreation Center; Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum; Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science; New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.