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United Airlines: Proposal

Space Center Houston (SCH) is a non-prot education foundation that uses space to teach science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), encouraging the innovation of NASA to continue within our future generations. Leader in inspiring and educating about the importance of space exploration through experiential learning, SCH is Houstons gateway to NASA. United Airlines will be a valuable partner in increasing our educational outreach through monetary, volunteer and technological donations. The following outlines the programs and exhibits that align United Airlines and SCHs company missions including changing the way America educations its future through STEM and serving the local Houston community.

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft Project (SCA) The newest addition to the Space Center Houston family will arrive in 2015, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA-905). SCH building a $12 million complex that features the full-scale Space Shuttle model and 747 Carrier in piggyback conguration. The access to American aviation history will reveal the Space Shuttle programs ingenuity, innovation and complexity. Donation Needs Monetary: Donation to fund this $12 million project Volunteer: Special guest presentations (pilot, technician, etc.) Provide simulation technology or other in-house capabilities to enhance the learning experience of future aviators and visitors In-Kind: Video feature or presentation on board the air craft. Provide mechanical expertise based on history of experience with 747s Expertise aboard the air craft or in SCH facilities Miles Plus Program SCH members get 20% off annual membership by enrolling into the Mileage Plus program SCH added onto organization donation list: members are able to transfer their excess miles for for student travel to and from SCH Purchases made in SCH gift shop count towards earned award miles Establish a SCH Reward Program for students and employees

The addition of the SCA to the exhibit library will enable aviation to become a pertinent part of the learning experience for all SCH visitors, will be a tribute to Houstons leading role in the legendary Space Shuttle program, and will open up the possibility for hosting events and conferences inside this monument.

Education
Currently, one-fth of SCHs strategic plan is based upon aviation with curriculum concepts regarding water recovery and ltration, carbon scrubbing, alternative fuels and renewable energy, and health or physiology. In its entirety, the strategic plan focuses on the use and exchange of STEM concepts to address global issues. The following will outline the educational programs that reect aviation-based curriculum and the potential forms of donation that would enhance student learning opportunities with the SCA and increase outreach. Space School: Establishing an International Summit Global citizenship and international development is a key aspect of SCHs mission. Space school invites students from around the world to learn different approaches to science and technology through a Journey to Mars. Former Space School participants include schools from Australia, Columbia, Korea and Pakistan. Donation Needs Volunteer: Special guest presentations (pilot, technician, etc.) In-Kind: Air fare for international students SCA In-Kind: Water recovery systems and water ltration exhibits Formal Education This program emphasizes students coming together for a common goal, to solve global issues. It includes hands on activities that emphasize practical applications to uncover the big ideas in the world of science, enhance students problem solving and communication skills, and increase their awareness of scal responsibility. There are two programs that fall under this umbrella, each unique and tailored to student needs. The Exploration Academy targets under-performing students and works to increase their passion and interests in STEM curriculum, while Alpha caters to high-performing or gifted and talented students. It challenges them to have fun with the learning process while discovering new boundaries. Donation Needs Volunteer: Professional development with SCH education staff Special guest presentations (pilot, technician, etc.) Career day appearance and booth In-Kind: Air fare for international students SCA In-Kind: Google earth 4-D: Students choose a landing site and experience challenges in differing geographic regions Large scale hydro-fuel models: Comparison of sustenance levels with fossil fuels

Between fall of 2012 and spring of 2013, 288 Exploration Academy Graduates from 10 different schools have completed this program. Participation in Exploration Academy resulted in an average of a 20-point increase in performance as demonstrated on pre-post tests. SCHs international outreach includes students from China, Mexico and India.

Donation Needs Volunteer: Special guest presentations (specically women pilots or technicians) Professional development with our education staff In-Kind: Air fare for international students Establishing an international summit (United we stand. United we learn. United we change) SCA In-Kind: Video feature or presentation Astro Cafe: Students learn about foods for survival in space through hydroponics and aeroponics
Thank you for letting us come learn more about space. I will be adding that to my Best Day Ever Book. - Scout Adventures Participant

Camp-Ins The overnight programs include STEM activities for elementary, middle and high school students. Students have intelligent fun as they participate in a scavenger hunt in our starship gallery with real space capsules, use solar pane robot kits to explore solar energy, and discover projectile motion and ames in microgravity. These camps come tailored to student interests and include Scout Adventures, for girl and boy scouts and Divas Design, for our young women interested in designing optimal aeronautic and space gear. Once the SCA project is complete, students participating in the overnight programs will be able to sleep in the air craft.

Distance learning reached about 5,500 students last year, while outreach (noted as campus visits) to a number of schools and districts throughout Texas reached 2,600 students.

Distance Learning Distance learning programs allow schools from across the globe to experience our space programs without ever leaving the classroom. Classes are able to connect through a virtual instructor on the oor at SCH and discover a variety of topics such as, life in space, astronauts protective wear, Newtons laws, and our solar system. The students get a 50-minute interactive presentation. During that time, they are completely submerged in the NASA world and they have the opportunity to ask an expert questions about Nasa and the space program. Teachers nd the presentations extremely helpful in getting students ready for a unit of study or wrapping up what they have already learned.

Donation Needs Volunteer: Professional development with our education staff Special guest presentations (pilot, technician, etc.) Career day appearance and booth In-Kind: United in-house technology to reach out to students who cannot visit JSC due to a lack of funding or learning disabilities. Increasing technology will increase the number of students able to explore SCH and will promote international presence of our global endeavor through STEM.

Day Camps SCH offers educational day camps for children between the ages of 2 and 12. Campers learn through hands on activities about health and physiology, water quality and sanitation, and basic earth sciences. When the camp is complete, students have transformed into STEM students and have been a part of educational entertainment. Donation Needs
SCH day camps take place more than 25 times each year and cater to students both locally and internationally. My favorite part about this camp is that it was taught in a fun way that made me want to learn. -Day Camp Participant

Volunteer: Professional development with our education staff Potential for United Day- students get to meet pilots, technicians, and understand potential aviation careers In-Kind: Enhance JSC students learning space and allow them to use United in-house simulation technology SCA In-Kind: Carbon scrubbing exhibit: Two manikins simulate what would happen to the body if carbon was not removed from the cabin air in a given amount of time. Challenge Program: For Title I Schools According to the Texas Education Agency, the Title I program provides supplemental educational services, ensuring that all children have a fair, equal, and signicant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education. SCH allows schools who qualify based on their high percentage of low-income enrollment to receive $5 off of each student ticket. Locally, SCH serves Houstons region four, ranked largest in total enrollment (22.1%) as of 2011. During this same year, enrollment of economically disadvantaged students increased for Hispanics by 77.4% and for African Americans by 71.6%. While enrollment rates have increased in the past few years, SCH is working to motivate lowincome students to be excited about learning and their potential careers in the STEM eld. Donation Needs Monetary: $5.50 per student from school or district of choice Volunteer: Career day appearance and booth either at SCH or at a region four school Special guest presentations (pilot, technician, etc.) In-Kind: Air fare for international students looking to visit SCH or participate in an educational program Establishing an international summit (United we stand. United we learn. United we change) Since July 31, 2012, over 50 districts across the United States who wouldnt have other wise been able to experience SCH, were sponsored through the Challenge Program. In total, this program has allowed more than 12,000 low-income students to be exposed to their potential careers in the STEM eld.