The Origin of Destination Space
Destination Space is a program started by the NSCFL and actually takes up a couple of weeks each Fall. The program began over a decade ago and the NSCFL has raised over $300,000 to help make this program happen each year.
Before Destination Space, the NSCFL awarded $1,000 to promising college students with plans to pursue a career in aerospace. Though this initiative was very beneficial to those deserving young adults, the NSCFL Board felt there was a way to be better stewards of the money they were raising.
During this time, studies were being circulated within the aerospace industry showing how students geared towards math-intensive careers need to begin thinking about what classes they were going to take BEFORE entering into middle and high school. This is the age where these young minds start making more realistic decisions as to what they want to be when they grow up. With all the information in hand, the NSCFL decided the best way to be stewards of the educational dollars would be to inspire young minds to reach for the stars by inviting them to explore the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
NSCFL leaders brought the Destination Space idea to Brevard County Public Schools and Delaware North (the company that manages KSC Visitor Complex) and everyone was thrilled about the opportunity to launch something so grand.
Destination Space is free for the students and the schools. Annually, more than 6,500 students participate and it has evolved into an event the entire Florida space community looks forward to every year.
Our mission is to continue to provide this engaging and inspirational program for years to come!
Destination Space only happens with the help of financial contributions, large and small, from corporations and individuals alike. Please consider making a donation to this important endeavor to inspire the next generation to reach for the stars.
An exciting part of our outreach to local schools, which your Destination Space contributions help make possible, now includes Jim Kennedy — former director of the Kennedy Space Center — visiting with kids to tell them about the space program. Jim does this by sharing some of his personal adventures working for NASA, and offering his unique insight into current activities on the Space Coast and around the world. His talk includes several moving stories that will inspire school children and adults alike, and is accompanied by compelling space-related multimedia.
Want more information? Ready to schedule a school visit? Contact Jim Kennedy via his website:
Jim Kennedy’s school visits are made possible, in part, thanks to the generous contributions of the KSC Visitor Complex.