Stars & STEM Daytime

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade can spend a day at our science and space exploration learning center while participating in engaging STEM activities.

The Stars & STEM daytime experience is developed to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers through hands-on STEM activities related to NASA missions. Anyone can be a part of the mission, and all of the activities coincide with each grade level’s standards so participants are challenged, inspired, and eager to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts when they return to school.

Overview

  • Exciting, hands-on activities
  • Grade-level appropriate learning
  • Lunch ticket included for Zero-G Diner at Space Center Houston
  • Private guided tram tour to NASA Johnson Space Center

Price

  • $49.95 per student
  • $39.95 per adult for additional adults
  • $15 per T-shirt (optional)

Registration

Download the registration form and email it to reservations@spacecenter.org or fax it to +1 281-283-4766. Questions about registration can be answered by our reservations team at +1 281-283-4755. Please note that attendees ages 18 and younger must have a chaperone.


Stars & STEM activities

Select the grade level of your group to meet standards or curriculum.

Grades K-2 (ages 5-7)

Grades K-2 (ages 5-7)

  • Blast Off! – Newton’s laws of motion are a part of any rocket launch. Apply varying amounts of force on their launch pad and assess the changes in how high their rockets fly!
  • Programming Paths – When robots help us to explore a new area, they need the correct commands to do it safely. Learn to solve programming challenges as you code your own robot to explore.
  • Pinhole Planetarium – Satellites and spacecraft help us to explore our solar system and learn more about the stars. Design and build your own circuits as you learn about light emitting diodes (LED), conductors and electricity.

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Stars & STEM robotics field

Available dates

  • Sept. 13, 20, 27
  • Oct. 11, 25
  • Nov. 1, 8, 22

*Please inquire if you would like a date not listed above.

Grades 3-5 (ages 8-10)

Grades 3-5 (ages 8-10)

  • Rocking and Roving - Robots can be the first to explore a new area to ensure it is safe for human exploration. Plan your robot’s path to explore new terrain and correctly program it for a safe journey. Teamwork is key to work out solutions for your robotics rover.
  • Countdown to Launch! – Test various rocket designs to observe the changes in flight and determine which model works best. Learn about the various parts of a rocket and Newton’s laws to learn the science behind the flight tests.
  • Satellite Circuits – Making sure astronauts have power in space is extremely important. Engineers-in-training will learn about series and parallel circuits as their mission is to ensure their lander has power to land on the Moon.

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STars & STEM rocket launch

Available dates

  • Sept. 13, 20, 27
  • Oct. 11, 25
  • Nov. 1, 8, 22

*Please inquire if you would like a date not listed above.

Grades 6-8 (ages 11-13)

Grades 6-8 (ages 11-13)

  • Houston We Have a Problem – Study the historical significance of Apollo 13 and recreate the CO2 scrubber problem that astronauts and Mission Control had to resolve in order for the crew to return home safely. Communication and teamwork are key as you solve problems and test solutions for the success of your mission.
  • Lunar Mystery – Something has happened to the crew headed to the Moon and it is up to your team to determine if they are safe or not. Work as a team to solve various challenges, which unlock boxes to your next mission. The clock is ticking!
  • Rover Rush! – Learn about how rovers are used on the Moon to explore and then start your own mission of exploration. Getting the code or programming correct for the rover is key to the successful completion of tasks. In this challenge, be the first rover to reach the valuable samples on the Moon using the most efficient coding program.

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Stars & STEM

Available dates

  • Sept. 13, 20, 27
  • Oct. 11, 25
  • Nov. 1, 8, 22

*Please inquire if you would like a date not listed above.

Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)

Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)

  • Thermal Protection System – Can you stop the extreme heat from reaching your eggsplorer? Design, build and test a heat shield to protect your eggstronaut from the extreme temperatures upon re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.
  • Engineering for the Extreme Cold – Space is an exceedingly cold place and NASA engineers must prepare spacecraft for this extreme environment. Design, build and test your own cryogenic capsules and analyze the data from the liquid nitrogen test.
  • Lunar Lock Out – Do you have what it takes to establish your place on the Moon? Work as a team to solve various challenges, which unlock boxes to your next mission. The clock is ticking!

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Girl Scout Camp-In

Available dates

  • Sept. 13, 20, 27
  • Oct. 11, 25
  • Nov. 1, 8, 22

*Please inquire if you would like a date not listed above.


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