News Release

Space Center Houston’s Home School Day Salutes Families with Space Science for Young Explorers

HOUSTON, Sept. 27, 2016 – Home-schooled students will experience space science through innovative activities, and special guest speakers at Space Center Houston’s all-new Home School Day on Oct. 6. This event offers home-schooled families an unforgettable day of education and inspiring presentations.

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“Home school children and families will be offered incredible learning experiences,” said Daniel Newmyer, director of education for the nonprofit Space Center Houston. “Our Home School Day will be a full day of fun, hands-on science activities, spectacular live shows about the latest NASA missions and presentations with leading experts.”

Families can participate during the all-day event or begin the night before with a special Space After Dark evening program that also includes admission to Home School Day. Space After Dark teaches youth about human space exploration with a rocket launch, thermal design challenges and much more.

The Home School Day festivities include engaging Pop-up Science Labs to challenge youth to think about a possible career in science, technology, engineering and math. Families will hear special guest speakers, learn about Newton’s Third Law of Motion and explore electricity. Youngsters will experiment with different materials to learn about conductivity and discover the destructive force of meteors. There will be opportunities to meet an astronaut and hear about his space adventures. Students will learn how NASA’s inventions and research have improved lives, and how science fiction principles apply to real-life science. They also will experience hands-on robotic activities and learn about the future of space exploration.

Families can explore all Space Center Houston has to offer, such as taking the tram tour to see history in the making at NASA Johnson Space Center and entering the new one-of-a-kind shuttle carrier and shuttle replica exhibit Independence Plaza. The center offers interactive displays and a new fall exhibit called “Astronaut” which is an immersive training experience. Families can continue the learning at home with educational resources and space-related exercises.

Space Center Houston’s Home School Day is open to all age groups. Take advantage of both Space After Dark on Oct. 5 and Home School Day on Oct. 6 for the combination price of only $55. Tickets for only Home School Day through Oct. 5 are $14.95 and on Oct. 6 are $24.95, adult; $22.95, senior; and $19.95, child. Add a lunch option for only $8.95 per person. For tickets and event information, visit spacecenter.org/home-school or call (281) 283-4755.

For a little more than the price of regular admission, purchase a Space Center Houston membership and return free as often as you like during the year with free parking, invitations to special events and so much more. Plan your trip to Space Center Houston by visiting spacecenter.org/visitor. Find helpful tips and suggested itineraries to help you plan your day. For more information, visit spacecenter.org.

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit science and space learning center with extensive educational programs. Space Center Houston is the cornerstone of its mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration. The center draws 1 million visitors annually, was called “The Big Draw” by USA Today and generates a $73 million annual economic impact in the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. More than 100,000 teachers and students from around the world visit the center annually to take part in extraordinary learning opportunities. For more information, go to www.spacecenter.org.

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