Aerospace Academy

The Aerospace Academy (AA) is charged to collaborate with education, industry, government, economic development and community groups to advance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career development. The Aerospace Academy has been partnering with NASA-Johnson Space Center Office of Education for over 10 years on various projects. Our most recent endeavor with NASA is to create fun and exciting STEM-based education via underwater robotics.


The Aerospace Academy has recently forged a new partnership with the Houston Independent School District. Check out the video below for more information.



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The Aerospace Academy is charged to collaborate with education, industry, government, economic development, and community groups to advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) career development. Through innovative P-20 student and educator programs, and career enhancement activities supporting STEM professionals, the Aerospace Academy supports activities to bridge the gap between education and industry.

Industry Support

Since its creation, the Aerospace Academy has developed close ties with the aerospace industry community in the Texas Gulf Coast region. It has facilitated multiple grant-funded training programs, serving more than 5,500 employees from approximately 60 companies. Through these training programs, employees have received critical skills upgrade training, enabling their companies to remain on the cutting edge of technology and bring continued success to our nation's space endeavors. The Aerospace Academy, housed on site at Johnson Space Center, is uniquely positioned to gauge the changing needs of the aerospace industry and respond accordingly with customized programs. The Aerospace Academy has begun working with other critical, high-technology industries in the Gulf Coast region.

Educator Professional Development

The Aerospace Academy recognizes that producing a highly-skilled, high-technology workforce for the future will require a qualified educator community. Because students' career decisions are shaped both inside and outside the formal classroom, the Aerospace Academy sees both formal and informal educators as critical partners in filling the STEM pipeline. The programs it creates and facilitates for educators seeks to expand STEM content knowledge, to present cutting edge methods and technologies for teaching these subjects and to provide valuable field experiences in industry settings. Projects have utilized exciting new technologies, such as distance learning, podcast, and online learning, to enable more educators to benefit across a wider geographical area.

Student STEM Programs

To ensure that our nation is equipped with the high-technology workforce that it will require in the future, the Aerospace Academy coordinates innovative educational experiences for students enrolled in pre-school all the way through advanced university degree-work. All activities focus on STEM subjects. The objective is to encourage students to pursue education and careers in these fields, thereby filling the pipeline of highly-skilled, technical workers which will fuel future innovation. Students are recruited locally, state-wide or nationally depending on the specific opportunity.


  1. Increase the number of STEM graduates
  2. Encourage and support diversity in STEM fields and respond to changing demographics
  3. Bridge the gap between education and industry
  4. Inspire and provide career development for new, transitioning, and current workers
  5. Collaborate with SJC faculty for content expertise, mentorship and research opportunities
  6. Serve as a hub of information collection and distribution for regional STEM grant resource development, collaboration and partnership building

Robotics, Ocean Microgravity Explorers (ROME) Challenge, 5-8 Education

The Robotics, Ocean, Microgravity Explorers Challenge pr ovides middle school educators and students the opportunity to develop an understanding of STEM by using underwater robotic technology.  Funded by the International Space Station National Lab, this project challenges students and teachers to explore microgravity environments via underwater robotics.  Teams of one teacher and two students from multiple schools gather at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory to then engage in a Design Challenge for 2 days.

The ROME Challenge (Robotics, Ocean, Microgravity Explorers) is a cooperative effort between San Jacinto College's Aerospace Academy and NASA.

This is an outstanding opportunity for 10 middle school educators and up to 60 of their students to participate in a pilot program dedicated to the advancement of STEM literacy in the classroom. 

The ROME Challenge allows the middle school students to develop an understanding of mocrogravity as demonstrated on the International Space Station by using "underwater robotic technology."

With the aid of a San Jacinto College Honors "coach", the students will have a hands-on experience to build and operate an underwater robot. 

The "Challenge" offers two students, as selected by their teacher, the chance to operate their robot at NASA's Sonny Carter Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. 

Interested educators will be chosen through an application process.  Those selected will work closely with the Aerospace Academy's project coordinator to develop extended curriculum for their classes aligned with their grade's current state standards.  Each educator will have the change to collaborate with peers and share ideas that will positively impact their campus's lower performing state science objectives.

Upon successful completion of the ROME Challenge, educators will earn a $760 stipend for their efforts!

Plans are in the works for a Fall 2014 ROME challenge. Please stay tuned for more information.

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2015 Water-Bot Summer Camps, Ages 12-16


Registration open NOW!

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What does it take to make robotics work underwater? San Jacinto College-Aerospace Academy is offering several underwater robotic camps for students ages 12-16. Our Water-Bot camps explore the underwater world of remote operated vehicles (ROVs) and the real-world applications of this exciting field.  The exploration continues in three different levels based on experience. 

  • The Beginner camp offers students the opportunity to learn the basics in electronics, soldering, and robotic construction. No prior robotic experience is required.
  • The Intermediate camps will build upon the beginner skills and add complex engineering design.  Some robotic experienced recommended.

In addition, all camps will offer behind the scenes tours at NASA-Johnson Space Center, professional speakers, and much more.

Beginner Camp

DATE: June 15 - 18, 2015

TIME:  8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.  Campers must bring lunches & drinks daily.  Snacks will be provided.

PLACE: Camps will be held at San Jacinto College - Central Campus Science Building


Intermediate Camp

DATE: June 29 - July 2, 2015

TIME: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Campers must bring lunches & drinks daily. Snacks will be provided.

PLACE: Camps will be held at San Jacinto College - Central Campus Science Building


For more information about this year's summer camps, please contact:


The Solar System and Beyond is Awash in Water

As NASA missions explore our solar system and search for new worlds, they are finding water in surprising places. Read more about this here.



Space Settlement Design Competition (SSDC), High School Students (Grades 10-12), March 28-30, 2014

Space Settlement Design Competition gives high school students from Texas and Iowa a unique opportunity to be engaged in an exciting industry simulation game that emulates the experience of working as a member of an aerospace company team.  Students will work in four different teams to develop, design and present a proposal based on the packet presented to them on the first day.  This activity will increase the students' knowledge of and utilize skills in space science, physics, math, chemistry, environmental science, biology, computer science, writing, speaking, art and group presentation.

Please visit our partner website to register:


Students hear from former astronaut, Clayton C. Anderson.

(Photo by Jeannie Peng-Armao)




Marine Advanced Technology Education - MATE 2014 Regional & International Competitions


What's it all about?

The MATE Center (Located at Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA) uses underwater robots – also known as remotely operated vehicles or ROVs – to teach science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and prepare students for technical careers.  Working in partnership with the Marine Technology Society ROV Committee, MATE created the ROV competition as a way to:

  • Engage students in STEM and expose them to science and technology careers
  • Encourage students to develop and apply technical, teamwork, and problem solving skills
  • Provide funds, materials, and technical expertise to support student learning provide industry with skilled individuals who can fill workforce needs 

The MATE competition challenges K-12, community college, and university students from all over the world to design and build ROVs to tackle missions modeled after scenarios from the ocean workplace.  The competition’s class structure of beginner, intermediate, and advanced complements the education pipeline by providing students with the opportunity to build upon their skills – and the application of those skills – as they engineer increasingly more complex ROVs for increasingly more complex mission tasks.

How are we Involved?

The Aerospace Academy with assistance from San Jacinto College's - Student Success Initiative are sponsoring 2 MATE teams at this year, a Scout Team & Explorer Team. The Scout team is made up of Bay Area middle school students. And the Explorer team is made up of San Jacinto College students. This is a very special chance for Scout team members to be mentored by our San Jacinto Students! Our teams are called the Aquanauts!

The Scout Team will complete in the Regional Competition on April 26, 2014 at NASA's Neutral Bouyancy Laboratoy, Houston, TX. The Explorer team will compete in the International Competition on June 26-28, 2014 at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, MI, USA. 

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Lost in Space!


Ages 14-18

In partnership with the Kroger Foundation, San Jacinto College Aerospace Academy is offering a summer camp for students ages 14-18 years old. Camp experience will include geocaching, GPS tracking and mapping of the International Space Station, basic electronics instruction, tours of NASA-JSC, professional speakers and much more!

To learn more about Geocaching, visit

See our 2014 camp flyer here!         


If you have any questions about our upcoming Lost in Space camp, please email us at:












San Jacinto College - Aerospace Academy
2101 NASA Parkway, Bldg. 12, Mail Code AD4
Houston, Texas  77058

PH# 281-483-2509  Fax# 281-483-3789
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