Field trip enhancements

Inspire your students to pursue STEM through engaging activities and one-of-a-kind experiences. Tour astronaut training facilities, explore the galaxy in our portable planetarium, discover our STEM experiences and more.

STARS & STEM

Stars & STEM is a rigorous and immersive program designed for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Students learn outside the classroom while experiencing the wonders of space exploration through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

We provide engaging, hands-on activities developed to match each grade level’s standards so students are challenged, inspired and eager to explore STEM concepts when they return to school. Register now for our ultimate field trip experience!

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STARSHIP GALLERY TOURS

Allow our expert guide to introduce your students to the wonders of the space program through a tour of Starship Gallery. Students will see flown spacecraft and touch a Moon rock while learning about the history of space flight.

Starship Gallery field trip enhancement is $5 per guest with a minimum of 20 students or $100. Additional tickets for students and adults are available for $5. Starship Gallery Tours are available for kindergarten through twelfth grade.

The tour presentations are 10:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

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NEUTRAL BUOYANCY LAB (NBL) TOURS

See where astronauts train for the weightlessness of space on a guided tour of the largest pool of its kind in the world. Neutral Buoyancy Lab tours are $10 per person with a 20-person minimum. Tours are available Monday through Friday only, offered at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Please note that the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory is not on Space Center Houston property, and transportation is the responsibility of the group. The group must travel together in a bus or van. Please call with any issues or questions on transportation.

Groups of more than 50 people may have to split into multiple tours. Groups should meet your Space Center Houston guide at the Guest Services Desk at Space Center Houston 30 minutes before your tour time. Please call +1 281-283-4755 for availability and allow three or more weeks for approval.

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STEM CLASSROOM EXPERIENCES

Robotics

Students will learn about the universe as they navigate their robot by driving through an obstacle field transporting a payload. Students will work in teams to design and build a chassis to transport a payload. Participants will then test their design on the challenge course.

Rocket Design

Students will apply Newton’s Laws of Motion by building and launching rockets. Students will learn the main parts of rockets, measure the distance of the rocket’s flight, and use engineering design to determine how to make their rockets go further and/or change trajectory.

Virtual Reality

Students use virtual reality to take a journey to the International Space Station, fly with Juno, or explore the red planet through a Mars rover.

STEM Classroom Experiences cost $7 per students with a minimum of 15 participants and a maximum of 25 participants per class. Classes are offered Monday through Friday at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. Please call for availability.

As with all Space Center Houston student activities, chaperones are expected to remain with their students and maintain a 1:10 ratio.

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SPACE CENTER HOUSTON PLANETARIUM

The Space Center Houston Planetarium full dome theater is able to provide an immersive, engaging and relevant educational outreach experience for kindergarten through 12th grade students. Inside the dome, students are able to see and explore galaxies/solar systems.

The portable planetarium is designed to provide students with the ability to see the wonders of the night sky devoid of light pollution, gain an understanding of our planet Earth and learn about characteristics and exploration of the grand universe.

The planetarium is an inflatable dome capable of accommodating approximately 25 kindergarten through fourth grade students or 20 middle to high school students per showing. Tours of more than 25 must be split into multiple groups.

The Space Center Houston Planetarium experience costs $5 per student/chaperone. Presentations are available Monday through Friday only, offered at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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