Aerospace Academy

The Aerospace Academy (AA) is charged to collaborate with education, industry, government, economic development and community groups to advance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career development. The Aerospace Academy has been partnering with NASA-Johnson Space Center Office of Education for over 10 years on various projects. Our most recent endeavor with NASA is to create fun and exciting STEM-based education via underwater robotics.


The Aerospace Academy has recently forged a new partnership with the Houston Independent School District. Check out the video below for more information.



2015 Water-Bot Summer Camps, Ages 12-16


Registration open NOW!

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What does it take to make robotics work underwater? San Jacinto College-Aerospace Academy is offering several underwater robotic camps for students ages 12-16. Our Water-Bot camps explore the underwater world of remote operated vehicles (ROVs) and the real-world applications of this exciting field.  The exploration continues in three different levels based on experience. 

  • The Beginner camp offers students the opportunity to learn the basics in electronics, soldering, and robotic construction. No prior robotic experience is required.
  • The Intermediate camps will build upon the beginner skills and add complex engineering design.  Some robotic experienced recommended.

In addition, all camps will offer behind the scenes tours at NASA-Johnson Space Center, professional speakers, and much more.

Beginner Camp

DATE: June 15 - 18, 2015

TIME:  8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.  Campers must bring lunches & drinks daily.  Snacks will be provided.

PLACE: Camps will be held at San Jacinto College - Central Campus Science Building


Intermediate Camp

DATE: June 29 - July 2, 2015

TIME: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Campers must bring lunches & drinks daily. Snacks will be provided.

PLACE: Camps will be held at San Jacinto College - Central Campus Science Building


For more information about this year's summer camps, please contact:


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Marine Advanced Technology Education - MATE 2015 Regional & International Competitions


What's it all about?

The MATE Center (Located at Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA) uses underwater robots – also known as remotely operated vehicles or ROVs – to teach science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and prepare students for technical careers.  Working in partnership with the Marine Technology Society ROV Committee, MATE created the ROV competition as a way to:

  • Engage students in STEM and expose them to science and technology careers
  • Encourage students to develop and apply technical, teamwork, and problem solving skills
  • Provide funds, materials, and technical expertise to support student learning provide industry with skilled individuals who can fill workforce needs 

The MATE competition challenges K-12, community college, and university students from all over the world to design and build ROVs to tackle missions modeled after scenarios from the ocean workplace.  The competition’s class structure of beginner, intermediate, and advanced complements the education pipeline by providing students with the opportunity to build upon their skills – and the application of those skills – as they engineer increasingly more complex ROVs for increasingly more complex mission tasks.

How are we Involved?

The Aerospace Academy with assistance from San Jacinto College's - Student Success Initiative volunteer at the Houston Mate Challenge and has sponsored 2 MATE teams, a Scout Team & Explorer Team. The Scout team is made up of Bay Area middle school students. And the Explorer team is made up of San Jacinto College students. This is a very special chance for Scout team members to be mentored by our San Jacinto Students! Our teams are called the Aquanauts!

If you are interested in participating with Aerospace Academy on these competitions, please email us at: