Experiencing a rocket launch in person evokes awe and wonder. Those witnessing it for the first time can’t help but marvel at the technology and engineering involved, ponder their place in the universe, and imagine a future for themselves in space. For many, it can be a life-changing experience. Students To Launch was created—with support from NASA—to provide this experience to qualifying middle school students from communities across the USA.
Discover a Universe of Possibilities
The mission of Students To Launch is to inspire students from communities across the US to develop a deeper understanding of the challenges and goals of spaceflight missions and, in doing so, discover passions that can lead to the possibility of a career in aerospace and astronautics.
There is an exciting future for humans in space. Never before in the history of our planet has there been greater technology, interest, and diversity in the space industry. Students today—the Artemis Generation—will have the opportunity to live and work in space. Students To Launch encourages students to experience the wonders of spaceflight and inspires them to play an active role in a future of infinite possibilities.
HOW IT WORKS
Students To Launch works with informal education institutions across the country we call "S2L Hubs" — museums, science centers, youth-serving institutions, libraries, and other places where students congregate outside of school. We invite middle school students to go to these S2L Hubs after school and on weekends to participate in fun activities and events. These include hands-on, role-playing challenges to complete NASA-inspired missions together in small teams under the guidance of the program leaders, called Mission Directors. S2L also offers Hubs the chance to host live launch watch parties and opportunities to meet astronauts and other subject matter experts (SME's) who work in the aerospace industry, both online and in person.
Students and Hubs that successfully complete S2L Activities are eligible to be selected to attend a multi-day launch center experience in person at the Kennedy Space Center and the KSC Visitor Complex in Florida.
This all-expenses-paid trip (including all travel, meals, lodging, and programming) gives students the chance to participate in space-related education activities, tours of KSC and KSCVC, meetings with astronauts and other SMEs and, hopefully, the chance to witness a rocket launch in person from special viewing areas at the Kennedy Space Center.
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