Distance Learning

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.

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Distance learning with Space Center Houston.

Technical requirements

Sessions conducted via ZOOM, Teams, Webex, or videoconferencing equipment with either ISDN Dialup OR internet-based connection.

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The Rocket's Red Glare

Grades: K-2
Length: 30 minutes
Price: $120

How do rockets launch into space? Participants 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 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.

What to Wear When You're Out There

Grades: K-2
Length: 30 minutes
Price: $120

Suited and ready to go? Your students will learn about and view real spacesuits. They will discover why astronauts must wear a spacesuit and how they get dressed for a spacewalk.

Jump Through the Solar System

Grades: K-2
Length: 30 minutes
Price: $120

Jump through the Solar System for an introduction to our Sun and the eight planets in our solar system. Students learn fun and engaging ways to remember the planets through poems and songs.

Journey Through the Solar System

Grades: 3-8
Length: 45-50 minutes
Price: $185

The planets, named from the Greek word for “wanderers,” have long captured our imagination. But what do we know about these celestial bodies, and how do we study objects so very far away? Join us in this interactive presentation as we journey through the solar system and explore or planetary neighbors.

Spacesuits and Air Pressure

Grades: 3-12
Length: 45-50 minutes
Price: $185

Imagine yourself floating through space. Your environment has everything you need to keep your body safe. But you are not in a ship, you are in a spacesuit. Join our expert instructors for an engaging online presentation on spacesuits. Learn how, like a ship, these mini spacecraft have everything you need to keep you alive and working in space.

Reach for the stars: History of spaceflight

Grades: 3-12
Length: 45-50 minutes
Price: $185

The dream and journey into space began a long time ago. Take a journey through our history from Robert Goddard’s first liquid fueled rocket to the International Space Station celebrating 20 years of continuous human habitation this year. Find out what it took to get to where we are today in human spaceflight.

The Moon Above

Grades: 3-12
Length: 45-50 minutes
Price: $185

Throughout time, we have stared up at the Moon in wonder. Drawings carved into cave walls 40,000 years ago have been found tracking the cycle of the Moon. In 1966 Luna 9 sent us our first pictures from the surface of the Moon and proved that a landing was possible, paving the way to our first steps on the natural satellite in 1969. And now, we are actively planning our return in 2024. Join us as we take a look at our Moon and investigate its phases, composition, its effects the Earth, and our new destination – the lunar south pole.

When home is 250 miles up: Life on the International Space Station

Grades: 3-12
Length: 45-50 minutes
Price: $185

Ever wonder what it is like to work and live in space? Join Space Center Houston’s interactive presentation on life aboard the International Space Station. Discover how astronauts carry out daily tasks including eating, exercising and conducting science experiments in orbit. Learn about the weightless environment and the effects it has on the human body.

Houston, Lets Solve A Problem

Grades: 3-12
Length: 45-50 minutes
Price: $185

You are in your small spacecraft when an explosion cripples your ship, placing the crew and mission in jeopardy. The air is becoming toxic, the temperature is decreasing, and your power is limited. Working together with Mission Control, you and your teammates must now use whatever resources you have on hand to “make a round peg fit into a square hole” and return your ship and crew safely to Earth.

Bringing the Universe in Focus – Through the lens of a telescope

Grades 5-12
Length: 45-50 minutes
Price: $185

The first telescope dates back to 1608 with the Dutch eyeglass maker Hans Lippershey. Within days, Galileo further refined the instrument and pointed it skyward, opening up a new world. Among his observations were the mountains and craters on the Moon, the rings of Saturn, and the sunspots on Jupiter’s moons. From these modest beginnings we now have massive Earth-based telescopes, telescopes mounted on planes, and those stationed in space. Next year NASA will launch its James Webb Space Telescope, which will be able to see images from baby galaxies! Investigate different types of telescopes, their missions, and how they all help us to unravel the mysteries of the universe.

Satellites: Observations from Orbit

Grades 5-12
Length: 45-50 minutes
Price: $185

Sputnik, the first non-natural satellite, was launched on Oct. 4, 1957 and entered us into the space race. Sixty-three years later, it is estimated that there are over 1,000 active and 2,600 inactive satellites currently orbiting the Earth. These craft, launched by both NASA as well as the private sector, have a direct impact on our daily lives. Join us and explore how satellites carry out their missions and provide information we rely on including weather, climate change, natural disasters, and even farming trends. Learn how their observations impact our daily lives and how you can, in turn, observe these bodies as they fly across the night sky.

Health and Human Performance

Grades 5-12
Length: 45-50 minutes
Price: $185

Voyager has left the solar system, we have rovers on Mars, and NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has ventured into the Kuiper Belt. But the goal is to have more than only robots in space, but also a sustainable human presence. This human element is the most fragile part of this mission. Join us as we discuss the challenges humans face living and working in space. Together we will investigate the work NASA is doing to keep our astronauts safe on the International Space Station and on our exploration beyond Earth orbit.

A New Era - Commercial Crew and launch

Grades 5-12
Length: 45-50 minutes
Price: $185

For the first time since the Space Shuttle Program ended in 2011, humans launched into space from United States soil on May 30. We launched two astronauts from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 39a on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, sending the duo to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. Join us for a special presentation and learn about SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and the Boing Starliner. Take a look at the Commercial Crew Program from testing to launch.

Join the Mission: Careers in Aerospace

Grades: 5-12
Length: 45-50 minutes
Price: $185

It is estimated that it took a team of over 400,000 people for the successful completion of the Apollo 11 mission. Many more people will be needed to join the mission to return to the Moon and venture forward to Mars! These team members will include scientists, scuba divers, doctors, teachers, engineers, and so many more talented professionals. Join us as we investigate the many exciting career paths paving our way to space!

Set in Motion: Newton’s Laws

Grades: 5-12
Length: 45-50 minutes
Price: $185

During the plague of 1665, Isaac Newton was outside in his yard when an apple fell from a tree. The falling apple set his mind in motion. His thoughts on gravity, mass and force developed into explanations of the movement of the Moon, planets, and all objects. Join for our interactive presentation and explore Newton’s world of motion and how his laws are still used today to describe and calculate rocket trajectories, the orbits of satellites, and the International Space Station.

Mission To Mars

Grades 5-12
Length: 45-50 minutes
Price: $185

In 1610, Galileo made the first telescopic observation of Mars. Today the planet is home to rovers, probes, and orbiting satellites, all sending information back to Earth to prepare us for the day we take the first step on the red planet. Join us and investigate the challenges we must overcome on our mission to Mars and learn how we plan to land our astronauts on the red planet.

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