Space Odyssey

Awards To The Winners In Each Age Group

  • 1st prize (10 students) :
    Sponsored workshop at NASA, Houston, USA; citation & gold medal
  • 2nd prize (10 students) :
    Citation & silver medal
  • 3rd prize (10 students) :
    Citation & bronze medal
  • Level 1 cleared :
    Digital Certificate of Merit
  • All students :
    Digital Certificate of participation

1st Prize Includes

  • Citation and gold medal
  • NASA workshop
  • Gala dinner with Indian Diaspora in Houston
  • Air Ticket (two way)
  • Two day visit to Washington D.C./New York
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Food & Lodging
  • Local Travel
  • Daily Allowance (50 $/Rs.3500 approx. per day of US stay; total 400$)
Space Odyssey
Space Odyssey

Details Of NASA Workshop

The five-day workshop includes the following:

  • Hands-on, engineering-based activities and data collection technology integration for real-world analysis.
  • Behind-the-scenes access to “the real thing” including exciting tours of actual astronaut training and work facilities, such as NASA Johnson Space Center, Rocket Park and the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory.
  • Interactive, project-based learning that includes sustainable habitat construction, strategic scientific planning and investigations, a one-stage rocket launch, collaborative teaming and global awareness development.
  • Hear from guest speakers about what it takes to work at NASA and the projects that prepare humans for space exploration.
  • Daily lunch served at Space Center Houston in the Zero-G Diner.
  • Brunch with an Astronaut.
  • Graduation ceremony and certificates.

Program Activities

Space Exploration…Getting There

Mars or Bust

Participants will engineer, build and launch a one-stage rocket. Launch site may vary based on weather conditions.

Bring the Heat

Students will design, construct and test a thermal heat shield to be able to withstand temperatures up to 1,000° Fahrenheit (538° Celsius). This exercise simulates the effect of friction on a heat shield during entry into the Martian atmosphere.

Cryogenics Testing

Can you protect your astronaut from the cold conditions on Mars? Design and build a cryo-capsule to protect your astronauts from extreme temperatures of -321° Fahrenheit (-196° Celsius)

Astronauts and Engineers…Living There

Working in Weightlessness

Working with licensed dive instructors in a local indoor swimming pool, participants will learn the techniques taught to astronauts as part of their preparation for performing tasks in microgravity. After which students will construct a mock-up airlock and perform other essential tasks similar to those developed by NASA.

Roving Robotics

Students must decide how to engineer a robotic rover based on a given set of parameters and tasks that the rover must accomplish on Mars. They begin with a budget, price list for supplies and then are given varying real world criteria to design, construct then test their rovers. The rovers will be put to the test at the Space Center Houston Mars Yard where by, collecting rock samples and returning to base.

Living on Mars

What’s it like living in space? How do astronauts get enough clean water and air? What happens if something goes wrong? Are there alternate sources of energy? How do astronauts communicate and work with peoples from different cultures? Students will participate in SIM (simulated) scenarios, build their own functioning habitat that sustains core areas of life while maintaining cultural and global awareness.

It’s Not Rocket Science…Oh, Wait, Yes it Is!

NASA Exclusives: Behind-the-Scenes Reality Tours

Students will tour NASA Johnson Space Center with stops at historic Apollo era Mission Control, Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory and the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility including its full-size training modules of the International Space Station. See rockets up-close that were used in early space exploration. Experience the shuttle replica Independence atop the historic Boeing 747 shuttle carrier aircraft.

Space Center Houston tours

Independence Plaza

Get a rare glimpse into the shuttle program with a tour of Houston’s international landmark exhibit Independence Plaza. Students will go inside the high-fidelity shuttle replica Independence, mounted on top of the historic and original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft, and then explore the giant plane. It is the world’s only shuttle mounted on an SCA and the only one allowing the public to enter both.

Starship Gallery

Students will see and touch real moon rocks and flown spacecraft while learning about the history of space flight. Each tour consists of a 15-minute film and one 30-minute guided tour of Starship Gallery.

Graduation Day

Brunch with an Astronaut

Dine with a NASA astronaut and hear their first-hand stories about space exploration.


Celebrate your students’ achievements at Space Center U® graduation surrounded by one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of space suits in our Astronaut Gallery. To commemorate the special experience, students will receive Space Center U certificates and medals.

Sample weekly agenda

Monday Welcome in Mission Briefing Center, NASA Johnson Space Center tour, one-stage rocket build, thermal and cryogenic design challenge
Tuesday Rocket launch, Martian habitat challenge
Wednesday NASA guest speaker, robotics design & construction
Thursday Neutral Buoyancy Lab tour, robotics competition, scuba dive activity
Friday Brunch and Q&A with an Astronaut, Starship Gallery tour, Independence Plaza tour, graduation ceremony

*Activities are subject to change without notice due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.