The Future At Space Camp

Stepping into a new era at Space Camp, the new Space Camp Operations Center will house a mission training floor for U.S. Cyber Camp,  an Auditorium space, and ten classrooms. This new space will allow for continued program growth and development.

Donors that have reserved a naming opportunity inside the Boeing Space Camp Operations Center building. 

The exterior moon map is only one of the many interesting features of this new building that will be home to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s internationally recognized STEM camp programs.  Lunar panels are also located in the lobby of the 40,600-square-foot building that also includes 10 classrooms, two collaboration areas, and an auditorium. The auditorium includes partitions that can be deployed to create two auxiliary classroom rooms.

Sponsorship opportunities from $5,000 to $2,000,000 are available.  Donors who have recently taken opportunities within the building include:

  • The Walter Connally Powell, Jr. Foundation First floor collaboration area named for the late alumnus Walt Powell, Jr.
  • Helen Wagster First floor office area named for the late alumnus Chris Hickey Wagster
  • Bert Carson  Lobby charging station named for alumna Alyssa “Blueberry” Carson

In addition, Rep. Robert Aderholt secured $400,000 to equip the Cyber Command Center, which will be the epicenter for the U.S. Cyber Camp program.

The new donors join those announced at the October groundbreaking:

  • The Boeing Company  Building naming opportunity
  • The Allen Foundation  Anthony Loumis Lobby, named for a 2021 and 2022 alumnus
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama  STEM Lab
  • The Gary Brukardt Family Foundation  Rocketry Propulsion Classroom
  • Estate for Dr. Joyce Neighbors   Bill Neighbors Robotics Classroom

Opportunities remain.  For more information contact:

Brenda Carr, 256-316-1069, [email protected] or

Emily Pietrzyk, 256-721-7810, [email protected]

The Space Camp Operations Center is made possible by these generous donors and by a $10 million grant from Governor Kay Ivey. The new classrooms enhance the learning environment for camp programs that are designed to be a workforce pipeline for the next generation of STEM professionals.

For information on sponsoring inside the Boeing Space Camp Operations Center, email: [email protected]

Mission Stats

The new Space Camp Operations Center will become a hub for Space Camp activities, including check-in, graduations, and classroom space for extended educational areas. The space will also house one of the region's largest auditoriums and meeting spaces.

2

Auditorium Spaces

6

New Check-in Areas

 

10

New Classroom Spaces

40,600

square feet of space

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Expected completion date of the new Space Camp Operations Center is in mid-2023.

In addition to providing a new and diverse space for Space Camp program trainees, the 40,600 square foot building will also house a state of the art meeting center that can be rented out by the public.

Inside the new building will be a new U.S. Cyber Camp Mission Control area, where program attendees will deep dive into their mission completion simulations. The building will also house 10 new classroom spaces, a new check-in area for all Space Camp trainees, and a state of the art Auditorium and meeting space. 

In August 2017, Governor Kay Ivey designated a $10 million economic development grant for Space Camp to build a building to enhance its program and house a new mission area for the U.S. Cyber Camp program. Total building costs are expected to be over $15 million and outfitting the building with state of the art technology is estimated to cost upwards of $2 million. 

Behind the Scenes

See what's inside of the all new Space Camp Operations Center in this fly through rendering!

Estimated Completion Date  2023

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