Legacy for Children Award

The Legacy for Children Award honors an individual or organization whose legacy has significantly benefited the learning and lives of children.


Friday, May 18, 2018

McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, Grand Ballroom

Steven L. Smith


Astronaut Steven L. Smith inspires today’s young people to pursue their dreams with a spirit of exploration and persistence. At a very young age, Smith used crayons to portray himself beside a spaceship, attesting to his lifelong dream to travel in space. Endeavour and Discovery describe not only the shuttle vehicles which eventually would carry him to memorable adventures in space, but also attest to the qualities he has exemplified in achieving this lifelong dream.

After years of preparation and persistence, Astronaut Smith saw his dream of space travel fulfilled, as he ultimately walked in space an impressive seven times. A veteran of four space flights covering 16 million miles, Smith’s accomplishments rank him among the top ten in American and World spacewalk durations. While in space, he took on important mission roles including repair of the Hubble Space Telescope. He also served on the ground at Mission Control.

A local San Jose hero, Smith achieved fame with those age 10-and-under when Children’s Discovery Museum displayed boots from his space travels in an early exhibit. He continues to inspire us all to walk in his shoes through his perspective of our planet as a global community without borders. Extraordinary, out-of-this-world experiences of viewing the Earth from outer space have prompted in him an aspiration that Earth would be a place that is tolerant of all peoples, religions, and cultures.

The Legacy for Children Award supports the Museum in its mission to provide hands-on educational exhibits, in-depth programming, and cultural events designed to give our community’s children the tools that will help them grow into the talented, creative and diverse workforce of tomorrow. The Museums for All program supported by Legacy for Children sponsorships ensures that all families can visit the Museum regardless of ability to pay.

Want to become a sponsor?

Plan now to become a sponsor of the 2018 Legacy for Children Award. You’ll support the Museum’s mission to inspire creativity, curiosity, and lifelong learning, and treat your friends and colleagues to an evening of fun, networking, and festivities.

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Enjoy photos from last year’s event.

Legacy for Children Award


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