FIRST activities

Space Center Houston invites FIRST® coaches, students and parents to engage in interactive and hands-on learning while making connections to the inspiring wonders of space exploration.

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Camp next to artifacts that have furthered human space exploration while engaging in hands-on team building activities. Explore Space Center Houston and tour NASA Johnson Space Center with an exclusive discounted rate.

FIRST Look Workshop
Are you competing in the FIRST series of challenges? Space Center Houston is hosting a workshop to help educators, coaches and students prepare for the Mission to Moon, Into Orbit, FIRST Robot Ruckus and Destination Deep Space FIRST events. Join us Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon and learn about the challenges of exploring and living in space. Hear about the latest research from NASA and how to incorporate it into your projects. Practice strategies for demonstrating the core values and increasing success!

Take the FIRST step on your challenge and join us Sept. 29 at Space Center Houston! Tickets are $15.95 for educators and coaches and $10.95 for students. Get your tickets now as space is limited.

A FIRST look at the challenges of space exploration
Is your team preparing for a FIRST competition this season? Space Center Houston is offering distance learning opportunities to help your team prepare for the Mission Moon and Into Orbit challenges. Join us and learn about current space exploration programs and plans for Mars and beyond! Hear about the many physical and social challenges of space exploration and the work currently underway at NASA to understand these risks and keep our astronauts safe. Learn from our experts and take the FIRST step to a successful team project! For more information and to register visit

FIRST LEGO League Camp-Ins
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams will explore robotics while surrounded by inspiring artifacts at Space Center Houston. Teams will have a designated area within the center to build and program robots as well as work on team projects. Join us for FIRST LEGO Robotics Camp-Ins on Saturday, Sept. 1, and Friday, Nov. 2. Click here to learn more and register.

FIRST Robotics Celebrations
Space Center Houston is offering FLL Jr., FLL, FTC and FIRST® Robotics coaches, students and parents a chance to network, engage in team building activities, compete in mini challenges with various robotic platforms, explore artifacts that have furthered human space exploration and celebrate their hard work during this robotic season. Join us for the FIRST Robotics Celebrations April 16 and April 20, 2019. Click here to learn more and register.

FIRST LEGO League Kick-Off
Space Center Houston hosted a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Kick-Off event on Sept. 15 where visitors heard from special guest speakers in the space industry, saw the release of this year’s Into Orbit challenge and heard from experienced teams about what to expect this season!

FIRST Tech Challenge Kick-Off
Space Center Houston hosted a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Kick-Off event on Sept. 8 where FIRST participants heard from special guest speakers in the space industry and saw the official release of this year’s Rover Ruckus challenge! Watch the video below.

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Space Center University®
Come behind the scenes with Space Center U®, our ultimate educational experience, and experience space exploration! Space Center U is a rigorous five-day program offered year-round. Space Center U simulates astronaut training and real-world NASA experiences by combining classroom theory with cognitive and tactile tasks.

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Stars & STEM
Stars & STEM is designed for students who want to learn outside the classroom while experiencing the wonders of space exploration through STEM. Engaging, hands-on activities match each grade level’s standards so students are challenged, inspired and eager to explore STEM concepts.

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