The Saturday Program for Academic and Cultural Education (SPACE) is named after Lt. Colonel Guion (Guy) Stewart Bluford, Jr., the first African American astronaut in space. SPACE is an academic program designed for 6th through 8th grade students from Wake County and surrounding school districts. The program provides interactive learning and cultural activities in writing, math, science, social studies and technology throughout the academic year.

Program Description

The SPACE (Saturday Program for Academic and Cultural Enrichment) Program has been offered at the African American Cultural Center at North Carolina State University for over fifteen years. Initially focused on academic and cultural enrichment for middle school students, the SPACE program has mentored over hundreds of students since its inception.

In the 2012-2013 academic year, the SPACE program has been redesigned to focus on early high school students, 13 – 15 years old, who will participate in an international research and culturally based curriculum that will link students in the United States and Ghana, Botswana, and Jamaica. SPACE participants will meet on Saturdays, twice each month, and engage in interactive collaborative learning and research with their international counterparts.

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2011-2012 SPACE presentations

Below is a video presentation by Tony Kamuhu, a 9th grader at Centennial Middle School, and a 2011-2012 participant of the SPACE program.

Additional Information and Downloads

Registration for SPACE is $25 per semester. Scholarships are available on a case-by-case basis. Space meets twice each month from October through April.

If you would like to Register for the space program please fill out our registration form above.

If you need any assistance please email Crystal Harkless or call 919-515-1396.