The Christa McAuliffe Space Center began as a classroom experiment by its founder, Victor Williamson. He transported his class through the power of imagination to the outer reaches of our solar system and beyond. With the goal to bring this to students beyond his own classroom, Mr. Williamson built up the program through various grants, donations, and volunteer work to a much larger scale. On November 8, 1990, the first simulator known as the Voyager was opened.
Since that time, the Space Center has been inspiring and influencing the lives of thousands of children in Utah, and beyond. The simulators create an immersive environment where students can envision themselves in roles involving leadership, engineering, science, and more while encountering curriculum based challenges. All while having an unforgettable and exciting time.
The CMSC is currently under the direction of James Porter. Volunteering and working at the Space Center as a youth lead him to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education with which he taught for six years. After accepting the position as director of the Center, James has since earned a Master’s of Education degree in Learning and Technology and is excited to expand the program and continue inspiring students.