Summer camp puts students on a Pathway to the Stars

San Jacinto College is gearing up for a new summer camp season, and one of the most anticipated camps for summer 2020 is the Pathway to the Stars camp.

As one of two community colleges nationwide to receive a NASA Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Aerospace Academy (MAA) grant, the College continues its efforts to provide science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educational opportunities for K-12 students to build interest, skills, and the knowledge necessary to pursue STEM careers.

The Pathway to the Stars summer camp will feature hands-on STEM activities that focus on space exploration and NASA’s journey to Mars. Some activity topics include human health in space, hydroponics, radiation effects on space suits, space weather, energy resources, and navigation and communication technology. Campers will also enjoy NASA and STEM guest speakers.

Another unique feature to camp will be personality assessments and learning about individual strengths within teambuilding. Dr. Janis Fowler, director of the San Jacinto College Aerospace Academy, says that the summer camp environment is a great setting for students to learn the fundamentals of what it takes to create great teams that accomplish big goals.

“We want these young students to explore, create, and not be afraid to try new things,” said Fowler. “They’ll be able to help each other and see their own strengths and abilities emerge with the various camp activities. We want them to build on these tangible experiences as they progress in their educational journeys and truly value how critical team building is.”

Fowler added that providing opportunities for young students to have fun while learning how to apply the skills and knowledge they’re interested in not only reinforces the interest but also enhances curiosity about STEM careers and what is available to them here in the Houston area.

"As we continue to develop workforce programs with NASA and the private sector at the College’s EDGE Center at the Houston Spaceport, we are getting a first-hand look at the skills and talents needed to work within the aerospace industry,” said Fowler. “Jobs in aerospace defense and space tourism are on the horizon, and with commercial companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, the industry is expanding, and a lot is happening in our backyard. We are witnessing a space industry expansion right in front of us with endless opportunities for international collaboration, technology development, and new frontiers to explore.” 

The San Jacinto College Pathway to the Stars day camps will be offered: June 8-12, June 15-19, June 22-26, July 6-10, July 13-17, and July 20-24. Camp times are Mondays-Thursdays 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m.-12 p.m., at the College’s Central, North, and South Campuses. The camps are available to students in grades 5-8. Registration is free with limited spots available. For more information on camp dates and registration, call 281-459-5470, email, or visit


About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, evolving industries, maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. San Jacinto College is among the top 10 community colleges in the nation as designated by the Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence, and was named an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction in 2020. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers more than 200 degrees and certificates across eight major areas of study that put students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s.

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