About The Dream Rocket Project

Literacy Lab staff students and family 2014- Dream Rocket Project

Literacy Lab staff, students, and family from Lowell High School visit their art at Lowell National Historical Site, MA. Friday November 7, 2014. Thank you Dr. Sharon Clark for all of your efforts in making this happen.

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The Dream Rocket Project (DRP) launched in 2009, is collecting thousands (8,000) of artworks from various regions of the world. Eventually, all submissions will be connected side by side to wrap the skeleton of a 385′ Space Launch System (SLS) rocket replica. This wrapped SLS will be placed on temporary exhibit at locations around the United States. The SLS is NASA’s dream rocket, representing their dream of going to Mars and beyond.   

→Originally, DRP’s intent was to wrap the 365′ Saturn V Moon rocket replica at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL from May-June 2015, however in October 2014 participants voted to pivot the project to reflect NASA’s current dream rocket, the SLS.

New exhibit locations and dates will be announced asap. We are in the process of locating venue hosts and exploring ways the SLS framework might be constructed. 



So far, we have received submissions from individuals residing in 19 countries, 48 states and 377 communities.

Submissions are in the form of textile art accompanied by essays, progress images, reports and examples of innovative approaches inside classrooms across our nation. Topics range from science, space, technology, conservation, education, freedom and equality.

Prior to the final installation, submissions have been exhibited in libraries, schools, museums and community centers. Artworks have been displayed at 153 venues.

Wrap Fabrication Plans “in the works” 

View all plans in which we need volunteers to help with: fabrication plans.


Students from the E.J. Harrington Elementary School in Lynn hold artwork for The Dream Rocket Project. From left to right: George Gomez, Nnenna Nwoke, Irma Rasidovic, Jadalize Guzman, Fatima Sierra, Britney Aguilar, Lydia Splaine, and Timothy Powell.

Students from the E.J. Harrington Elementary School in Lynn hold artwork for The Dream Rocket Project. From left to right: George Gomez, Nnenna Nwoke, Irma Rasidovic, Jadalize Guzman, Fatima Sierra, Britney Aguilar, Lydia Splaine, and Timothy Powell. Read more in a recent Boston Globe article.

WGC Exhibit PosterThe Dream Rocket Project has a center core presentation that allows for specific themes to be explored in light of the project as a whole. The focus in my approach has been that art is being used as a vehicle to explore topics, many of which relate to the Saturn V rocket in direct and indirect path ways. With this approach, all subject areas have been part of the work done by students at Tesseract.Science was a core foundation as NASA documentations on the rocket were supplied through participation. Understanding the key and critical role of the Saturn V rocket in exploration, applied mathematics, cultural significance, leadership applications of science and a nation, language arts, inventors and other suggested themes allowed students to see the reason behind wrapping their work based on various topics around the rocket. A continued focus was to see the relationship between themes and the art panels created.– Barbara at Tesseract School  



Thornhill Elementary School, Oakland, CA

Thornhill Elementary School, Oakland, CA

DRP estimates that by the time we have received our target goal of 8,000 submissions, nearly 36,000 people will have contributed to a monumental 32,000 square foot wrap. The social and economic benefits to youth and their communities reveals a vibrant and visible program, marked by collaboration from individuals in all economic sectors.

On August 16, 2009 former CEO Larry Capps at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Alabama said, “It’s a very interesting idea. We’ve always focused our efforts on the notion of getting youngsters excited about their future, and this program walks hand-in-hand with that goal. So, if wrapping the rocket might influence some budding young artist, or scientist, then we’re behind it.”


NASA Kennedy Visitors Center Exhibit October 1 – March 31, 2015

HILLER AVIATION MUSEUM exhibit Oct 14 - Nov 25, 2014


By exposing kids to the importance of collaboration through multi-disciplinary approaches we hope to inspire them to feel the freedom to DREAM big, THINK big and make a difference. By wrapping the SLS rocket replica with our dreams, the SLS exhibit can serve as an inspiring visual symbol of collaboration and perseverance.

A monumental achievement that was marked by collaboration, the Saturn V moon rocket is still considered the only rocket to have carried humans out of the Earth’s orbit (until the SLS is successful): it is the ideal example of realizing an “impossible” dream. Over 500,000 people worked together to design and launch the Saturn V to the moon as part of the Apollo program during the 1960s and 1970s. 

“America’s new heavy-lift rocket will be the largest launch vehicle ever built and more powerful than the Saturn V rocket that carried Apollo astronauts to the moon. The 70-metric-ton-(77 ton) configuration will lift more than 154,000 pounds and will provide 10 percent more thrust than the Saturn V rocket while the 130-metric-ton-(143 ton) configuration will lift more than 286,000 pounds and provide 20 percent more thrust than the Saturn V. The first SLS mission—Exploration Mission 1—in 2017 will launch an uncrewed Orion spacecraft to demonstrate the integrated system performance of the SLS rocket and spacecraft prior to a crewed flight.” – NASA


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Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History and Director of the Hayden Planetarium, encouraged us to incorporate the dream symbolism into the project when we began working towards wrapping the Saturn V because;

The Saturn V is the ideal icon to represent a big dream. This rocket…allowed our human species to venture beyond our world and stand on another – surely one of the biggest dreams of all time. Enabling the dreams of young people to touch this mighty rocket sends a powerful message. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

Wrapped Saturn V Collage

Top: The Saturn V Rocket inside the Davidson Center at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama Lower: A paper collage of what the Saturn V might have looked like temporarily wrapped with 8,000 submissions from individuals around the world.

View full rendering here. 

Exploratory drawings showing the “hoops” that would be suspended around the Saturn V without touching the rocket at all.

The Saturn V rocket is 363 feet tall, about the height of a 36-story-tall building, and 60 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty. Fully fueled for liftoff, the Saturn V weighed 6.2 million pounds, as much as 400 elephants. The rocket generated 7.6 million pounds of thrust at launch, creating more power than 85 Hoover Dams. NASA 


U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama. (Left) Full scale vertical Saturn V replica. (Right) Full scale horizontal real Saturn V. — DRP worked from 2009 – October 2014 to find ways to wrap either one of these Saturn V’s, however, permission was only granted for the vertical replica version.

Dodge City Middle School students visit the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center 2.09.14

Dodge City Middle School students visit the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center 2.09.14

Dodge City Middle School

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center Exhibit



All that work pays off! Just like a writer goes through many revisions of their work so an artist works and reworks a piece of art. Research ideas became rough drafts, rough drafts were revised, final plans generated media choices and finally quilt squares were created. The finished products were sent to the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas and were put on display there. On Sunday, February 9th, the students and Mrs. Stateler traveled to Hutchinson to see their pieces along with the others from around the state. We want to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Marsh, the Cosmosphere and everyone involved in the Dream Rocket Project for allowing students from Dodge City Middle School to be a part of this one of a kind exhibit. Dodge City Middle SchoolRead more. VIEW VIDEO

Buhler High School pose with their artwork at the base of the Titan II replica at the Kansas Cosmosphere.

Credit NASA

28 Months on Mars 28 Months on Mars  Read more and watch video on The New York Times.