The Lewis Center for Educational Research has been called "one of the most interesting, unique and unusual" educational institutions in the nation, and we are known for our relationship with NASA and our ownership of the Goldstone-Apple Valley Radio Telescope (GAVRT).
The key to the Lewis Center's success is in our focus on engaging children in science and math through hands-on experience. The NASA program is just one of the many learning opportunities for our students in the field.
Since opening in 1990, the center has hosted more than 100,000 students, teachers and parents participating in outreach programs, clubs and other educational activities. The Lewis Center continues to provide hands-on instructional programs to students and the community throughout the US and the world.
Among the Lewis Center's most significant programs are:
the Academy for Academic Excellence (AAE), a K-12 charter school in which new teaching techniques and strategies are tested and refined in a standards-based educational program. The 5-12 campus is located on 150 acres of Mojave river wildlands and the campus itself is an
outdoor laboratory where our students can study ecology and wildlife.
the Norton Space and Aeronautics Academy (NSAA), currently a K-7 charter school (2013-14). Each year, the school adds a grade level, aiming to become a K-12 school by 2018. NSAA is a Dual Immersion Program School with the goal of all students being able to speak, read, and write in English and Spanish in all academic areas after 5 years in the program.
the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope (GAVRT)projectwith NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in which teachers nationwide access via the Internet a 34-meter radio antenna that, until recently, was part of NASA's Deep Space Network. GAVRT gives students the opportunity to experience discovery for themselves, in their classrooms, personally interacting with other students, scientists and educators by phone and Internet.
theLocal Outreach Educational Programsis committed to extending the classroom to the community and beyond with local science and social studies programs, which align with the State of California Board of Education content standards. Many of the field trip programs take place in Mineral City, our simulated mining town on the Mojave River Campus. Students learn in a fun way by becoming active participants in our programs.