welcome to launchpad!

LAUNCHPAD is a collaborative initiative between the South Texas Astronomical Society and Brownsville Public Library System that aims to facilitate access to STEAM resources and opportunities for students and families in the Brownsville / Rio Grande Valley area.

LAUNCHPAD events consist of two sessions focused on different age groups:


PROTOSTARS sessions include hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) activities and introductory space science lessons for the entire family to enjoy! 

Educational lessons are led by our experienced team of NASA Solar System Ambassador partners.

Career Pathways

Career Pathways sessions are focused on college readiness and the exploration of potential career pathways in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). 

These sessions are led by STARS Director of Education, Maria Fernanda Martinez.

LAUNCHPAD events are hosted by STARS at the Brownsville Public Libraries

Brownsville Public Library – Main Branch

2600 Central Blvd, Brownsville, TX 78520


Brownsville Public Library – Southmost Branch

4320 Southmost Rd, Brownsville,  TX 78521

Upcoming launchpad events

career pathways - budgeting 101

Date & Time: Sunday, April 3 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Location: Brownsville Public Library – Main Branch

Description: Foundational knowledge in budgeting and financial planning that will prepare students for their future educational journeys. STARS Director of Education will teach students about money management, financial planning, financial aid, scholarships, FAFSA applications, and more.

protostars - strange new world

Date & Time: Saturday, April 9 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Location: Brownsville Public Library – Main Branch

Description: Students will learn about the science of planetary exploration. NASA Solar System Ambassadors will guide students of all ages through hands-on STEAM activities that will engage children in the fascinating world of astronomy and space science.