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.

STEM CLASSROOM EXPERIENCES

Robotics

Students explore the red planet while engaging in simple coding and engineering design methods. Their mission is to work in teams to build a chassis to transport a payload, test the design then navigate their robot successfully through the Martian terrain.
  • Topics: Teamwork, engineering design, coding
  • Suggested level: Upper elementary - high school
  • Related center exhibits: Kids Space Place, Mission Mars

Rocketry

Students investigate Newton’s Laws of Motion and rocketry by completing their mission of a safe and successful launch. Teams will design, build and launch rockets and collect data on the rocket’s flight trajectory and distance. The young engineers will then modify their designs to make their rockets go further and/or change trajectory.

Virtual Reality

Explorers will take a virtual journey to the International Space Station (ISS). If time permits, students may have the opportunity to explore beyond the ISS!

International Space Station - Students see the view from the astronaut’s eyes as they go inside the modules of the ISS including the Zvezda Service Module, the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), the Columbus Laboratory and Destiny module. Explorers see the sun rise and set and a spectacular view of Earth from the cupola! (all levels) Extraterrestrial Skies - Students become a solar explorer and journey through our solar system. Astrophysics - Students will be introduced to the foundations of astrophysics with the works of Ptolemy, Copernicus and Einstein. They will observe the early perspectives of our universe and the principals of relativity and spacetime.
  • Topics: Astronomy, telescopes, special and general relativity
  • Suggested level: High School and college
STEM experiences are $7 per participant. There is a minimum of 15 and maximum of 25 participants per session. Sessions are offered Monday through Friday at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.

Sessions must be booked at least three (3) weeks in advance.

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STARSHIP GALLERY TOURS

The private group tour begins with Robert Goddard’s liquid fueled rocket and progresses through the timeline of human space exploration. Students see authentic flown spacecraft and follow the space race and subsequent development of international cooperation. Future explorers may touch a Moon rock and get close up views and stories of these national treasures.
  • Topics: History of space exploration, rocketry, planetary geology
  • Suggested level: All levels
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.

Tours must be booked at least three (3) weeks in advance.

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NEUTRAL BUOYANCY LAB (NBL) TOURS

Students tour the NBL and observe how astronauts train for space walks or Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA). NASA team members use the NBL to develop flight procedures, verify hardware compatibility, train astronauts and refine spacewalk procedures during flight that are necessary to ensure mission success 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.

Tours must be booked three (3) more weeks in advance.

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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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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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