The Virtual Space Community is a partnership led by Space Center Houston, in coordination with NASA and partner science centers across the United States. Within the community, Space Center Houston delivers space-themed, interactive, distance-learning programming using state of the art video conferencing technology. This programming largely focuses on math and science content, which is a strategic focus for NASA. Each partner receives specific space-themed curriculum to help fulfill the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) National Education Standards and their individual State Education Standards.
The Virtual Space Community website serves as an umbrella for communication to the community partners and to their audiences. The website, which can be found at http://virtualspacecommunity.org/, hosts space-themed curriculum, links to NASA resources, webisodes, blog posts, discussions and several interactive student sections.
Currently, Terre Haute Children’s Museum is one seven science centers that are involved in the partnership with Space Center Houston. Science centers currently involved in the partnership include the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, Ohio; the Discovery Center of Idaho in Boise, Idaho; the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center in Fort Collins, Colo.; The Imaginarium Discovery Center in Anchorage, Ala.; Louisville Science Center in Louisville, Ky.; and the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center in Horseheads, N.Y.