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The Foundation for International Space Education is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization that operates solely on the contributions of its supporters.

FISE partners with local affiliates and foreign educational institutions, to bring participants to the Clear Lake-Bay Area for the 2-week United Space School each summer.

Students participating in United Space School come from over a dozen countries. USS scholars are chosen by their schools for the honor of participating in this program.

While they are in the Clear Lake-Bay Area students attend daily classes at the University of Houston, Clear Lake (UHCL), meet with advisors and mentors from NASA, work in teams to plan a Mission to Mars, visit local science related destinations, and participate in various multi-cultural and team building activities.

The two-week Space School culminates with a presentation and award ceremony.

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Students attend daily classes at UHCL


What’s It Like To Be a Student?

A typical day in Space School begins with an 7:45 check-in. Students are expected to come to school ready to work. The first lecture of the day might be one outlining the affects of zero gravity on the human body. Another expert will speak on propulsion systems or space law.

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Host Families

Host families are an integral part of USS.

While they are here, students will live with Clear Lake area families. The students gain valuable insight into the American way of life from this experience. Students are placed in host homes in same gender pairs. Students are expected to keep their sleeping area tidy and help with household chores. There are numerous free evenings to sit down and enjoy a family meal, plan game nights with other host families or introduce students to the various activities that are specific to the Texas Gulf coast.

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Culture Faire

A highlight of the USS experience is the Culture Faire held on the first weekend. Students prepare a native dish to share with their classmates and host families. Students gather in host homes to prepare a wide variety of native foods. Pavlova from New Zealand’s and Welsh Cakes are a few favorites from last year’s cultural buffet. Host families are also encouraged to contribute favorite foods such as fried chicken, chili, and macaroni and cheese.

Students are also expected to entertain each other with an excerpt from their culture. Students will generally sing traditional songs or demonstrate a dance. Sometimes students will recite a well known poem in their native language. A much anticipated event is the performance of the haka. The haka is a traditional dance of the Maori. The New Zealand rugby players perform this dance before a match. The student from New Zealand will often execute this dance in native costume.

This is an unforgettable event where students, host families, and mentors can interact and learn about each other.

Chile and Bolivian students join together to sing a native song

Guest Speakers

Adult facilitators are an important aspect of the Space School experience. By sharing their knowledge and expertise with the USS scholar, they provide a vital link with the day to day experience of the aerospace industry.

It requires a culture of cooperation to launch humans into space. By promoting this ideal the USS hopes to bring out the best qualities in all its participants. Speakers should have a working knowledge of a specific topic and feel comfortable relating this information to young people.