Space Center Houston offers innovative distance learning for science and space enthusiasts of all ages! Our educators take virtual learning to a new level with interactive, STEM-based sessions from a variety of locations around the museum. Each session takes place next to the exhibits and incorporates artifacts from the space program.
Space Center Houston Distance Learning provides age-appropriate, interactive and educational lessons at your location via technology. Distance learning can be customized to fit the needs of your audience. Each Distance Learning session will end with a question and answer session with one of our trained instructors.
Each of the distance learning modules is aligned with the national standards and designed to be easily implemented into your classroom. Make the adventure even more interactive by downloading the activities ahead of time - that way your students can be prepared to interact with us for an amazing space adventure.
This program requires access to videoconferencing equipment with either ISDN Dialup OR Internet-based connection with a 128kbps or faster connection.
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What to Wear When You're Out There | Grades K-2 | 30 Min
What do astronauts wear in space? In this interactive session, participants will learn about the parts of a spacesuit and how each piece functions in order to protect the astronaut in space. While viewing an actual spacesuit, participants will relate everyday items to the parts of a suit in order to better understand the science behind protecting astronauts.
The Rocket’s Red Glare | Grades K-2 | 30 min
How do rockets launch into space? Participants will identify and explore the parts of a rocket and how each piece works together in order to get astronauts into space. To encourage hands-on learning, participants will build their own model rockets, while interacting with the instructor through the launch sequence. A question and answer session is included at the conclusion of the program.
Jump through the Solar System | Grades K-2 | 30 min
What exactly is in our solar system? Participants will interactively explore the interesting facts about the sun, planets and their orbits. Through poems and songs, participants will gain basic knowledge about each planet and its place in the solar system.
Journey through the Solar System | Grades 3-6 | 50 minutes
What do we know about our solar system? Students will explore each of the eight planets through the eyes of NASA’s space probes. Participants will discover how NASA received information about our sun and planets. Participants will be engaged through interactive education games. A question and answer session is included at the conclusion of the program.
Air Pressure and Space Suits | Grades 3-8 | 50 min
How do spacesuits protect astronauts from the dangers of space? Speeding at 28,000 miles per hour in the vacuum of space is risky business. Participants will explore Pascal’s Law through a series of vacuum chamber experiments in order to comprehend why pressurized spacesuits are important. Students will use the engineering design process to construct a spacesuit that will protect their balloon astronauts from a depressurization scenario.
Life on the ISS | Grades 3-12 | 50 min
Is living in space just like life on Earth? Experience an astronaut’s home through Space Center Houston’s International Space Station Gallery. Through interactive demonstrations, students will observe how astronauts eat, sleep and adjust to space. Learn about zero gravity and its effect on astronauts in space.
Space in Motion with Newton’s Laws | Grades 6-8 | 50 min
How do objects move in space? Through interactive experiments and videos, participants will compare how objects move differently on Earth than in space. Learn about Isaac Newton and experience each of his three laws of motion in detail.
Seeing the World in a Whole New Way | Grades 7-12 | 50 min
NASA has launched dozens of satellites into space that have a direct impact on our daily life. Explore how satellites provide information on weather, global warming, the U.S. census, law enforcement, natural disasters and even farming trends. Investigate how satellites and their Earth observations play a role in your everyday life.
Careers in the Aerospace Industry | Grades 6-12 | 50 min
What do scuba divers, doctors and engineers all have in common? They all can work at NASA! Astronauts may have high-profile NASA careers, but there are a variety of paths that lead to the aerospace industry. Explore the many options the aerospace industry has to offer. It is not all rocket science!
History of Crewed Space Flight | Grades 3-12 | 50 min
How did the space program begin? Participants will take a look back in time at the start of the space program and travel forward through the history of crewed space flight. Students will view portions of Space Center Houston’s Starship Gallery as they view artifacts and spacecraft that helped us travel to space and the moon.
Living on Mars | Grades 6-12 | 50 min
What will it take to live on the red planet? Participants will find out what Mars is like and how we plan to get astronauts to Mars and back. Discover what it will take to build a permanent habitat base on Mars.