Stars & STEM Overnight

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

The Stars & STEM overnight experience is developed to match each grade level’s standards so students are challenged, inspired and eager to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts when they return to school.

Overview

  • Exciting, hands-on activities
  • Buffet dinner served at Space Center Houston
  • Welcome briefing in preparation for the night’s activities
  • Exciting, program specific, hands-on activities designed to build STEM skills
  • Sleep overnight at Space Center Houston
  • Buffet breakfast served at Space Center Houston
  • Second day general admission ticket, including a guided tram tour of NASA Johnson Space Center

Price

  • $69.95 per student
  • $59.95 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 from engaging activities that interest your group and meet your standards or curriculum. Please choose three of five activities from the options below when completing the registration form.

Middle School

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!
  • Houston, We are Go for Launch! – Explore Newton’s laws and learn about the parts of the rocket and the science needed for safe and successful flight. Work on your rocket stability and trajectory as you re-design and re-test for the best possible model.
  • Lunar Robotic Challenge – Maintain a budget as you design, build and traverse the lunar landscape to transport valuable materials. Solve problems as you figure out a way to transport raw materials to sites that can manufacture goods, which the astronauts can use to survive on the Moon.
  • 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

  • Feb. 21
  • March 22
  • April 19
  • May 16
  • June 18
  • Aug. 15
  • Sept. 12
  • Oct. 10
  • Dec. 19

High School

Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)

  • 3, 2, 1 - Ignition! – Learn about Newton’s laws of motion while learning to construct your own Space Center Houston model rocket. Identify all the various parts and learn about the current rockets that NASA is working on to take us back to the Moon and beyond!
  • 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!
  • Robotic Exploration – You and your crew have been tasked with recovering valuable samples for return back to Earth. Use your robot to retrieve and transport these materials across the lunar landscape back to your base.

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Stars & STEM launching rockets

Available dates

  • June 20


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