The Space Center of Houston is offering a summer program for students who are visually impaired. It is set to run Aug. 8-10 for ages 15-18 years old.
This pilot program is modified from the existing Space Center U and combines classroom theory with cognitive and tactile tasks, which promote teamwork, solving problems, communication and engineering solutions to space-related situations. The program is designed to develop and improve critical-thinking skills, fiscal responsibility, creativity and the drive to be successful.
The science, technology, engineering and math, (STEM) training at Space Center U includes connections to real-world NASA experiences such as robotics, thermal protection systems, rocketry and parachute design.
Participants will be inspired as they go on exclusive tours of the shuttle replica Independence atop the historic NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft and touch a moon rock and a piece of Mars! A graduation ceremony will celebrate the students’ accomplishments and an exclusive astronaut Q&A.
VI Program was developed jointly by Space Center Houston’s accessibility and inclusion coordinator and the Space Center U coordinator, as well as local experts, to meet the needs of students with low vision or blindness. A variety of visual assisting devices and technology will be provided to participants. Tactile examples of key concepts will be given and page magnifiers and high-contrast materials will be available.