Stars & STEM



Stars & STEM, is designed for groups of students in kindergarten through 12th grade who want to learn outside the classroom while experiencing the wonders of space exploration through STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

We provide engaging, hands-on activities developed to match each grade level’s standards so students are challenged, inspired and eager to explore STEM concepts when they return to school.

Overview

  • Exciting, hands-on activities
  • Grade-level appropriate learning
  • Dinner served at Space Center Houston
  • Private guided tram tour to NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Second-day visit to Space Center Houston
  • EVA 23 documentary screening

Price

  • $59.95 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.

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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.

Elementary

Grades K-2 (ages 5-7)

  • Lunar Lander – Why is it important to land a spacecraft gently on the surface of another celestial body? Design and build a shock-absorbing landing system to help protect your astronauts.
  • Blast Off! – Newton’s laws of motion are a part of any rocket launch. Apply varying amounts of force on their launch pad and assess the changes in how high their rockets fly!
  • Programming Paths – When robots help us to explore a new area, they need the correct commands to do it safely. Learn to solve programming challenges as you code your own robot to explore.
  • Training for Exploration – Astronauts need to have a healthy mind and body to take on the challenges of living and working in space. Pass your astronaut training course as you prepare for space exploration!
  • Pinhole Planetarium – Satellites and spacecraft help us to explore our solar system and learn more about the stars in the night sky. Design and build your own circuits as you learn about light emitting diodes (LED), conductors and electricity.

Grades 3-5 (ages 8-10)

  • The Eagle Has Landed! – Design and build a capsule to protect your eggstronaut for landing. Understanding forces and motion are mission critical to ensure a safe return back to Earth.
  • Rocking and Roving – Robots can be the first to explore a new area to ensure it is safe for human exploration. Plan your robot’s path to explore new terrain and correctly program it for a safe journey. Teamwork is key to work out solutions for your robotics rover.
  • Countdown to Launch! – Test various rocket designs to observe the changes in flight and determine which model works best. Learn about the various parts of a rocket and Newton’s laws to learn the science behind the flight tests.
  • Astronaut Training – Participate in activities related to the astronaut skills set required to stay healthy on Earth and in space. Focus on your reaction times and dexterity with item assembly, collaboration, communication and teamwork.
  • Satellite Circuits – Making sure astronauts have power in space is extremely important. The engineers-in-training will learn about series and parallel circuits as their mission is to ensure their lander has power to land on the Moon.
First day
4:30 p.m. Check-in at Space Center Houston
5 p.m. EVA 23 documentary screening
5:30 p.m. Dinner served in Zero-G Diner
6:15 p.m. Activity one
7:05 p.m. Activity two
7:55 p.m. Activity three
8:40 p.m. Dismissal

Second day
8:45 a.m. Return to Space Center Houston
9 a.m. Private guided tram tour of NASA Johnson Space Center
10:30 a.m. Return to explore Space Center Houston
* Please note that the above schedule is subject to change. Length of tram tour and the locations visited vary depending on the season.

2018 available dates
Sept. 6, 26
Oct. 18
Nov. 1, 28
Dec. 12

2019 available dates
Jan. 8, 17, 22, 30,
Feb. 12, 20, 27, 28*
March 5, 8, 20, 29*
April 2, 4, 8, 10, 22, 25*, 26
May 1, 7, 13, 17, 23, 29, 30*
June 26, 27*
July 17, 25*, 31
Aug. 8, 14, 22*
Sept. 5, 25, 26*
Oct. 9, 17, 24*
Nov. 6, 21*
Dec. 4, 22*
*Mixed group event – itinerary for the event may vary


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.
First day
4:30 p.m. Check-in at Space Center Houston
5 p.m. EVA 23 documentary screening
5:30 p.m. Dinner served in Zero- G Diner
6:15 p.m. Activity one
7:20 p.m. Activity two
8:25 p.m. Activity three
9:25 p.m. Dismissal

Second day
8:45 a.m. Return to Space Center Houston
9 a.m. Private guided NASA Tram Tour of Johnson Space Center
10:30 a.m. Return to explore Space Center Houston
* Please note that the above schedule is subject to change. Length of tram tour and the locations visited vary depending on the season.

2018 available dates
Sept. 5, 13, 19, 27
Oct. 3, 17, 25
Nov. 7, 15, 29
Dec. 6, 19

2019 available dates
Jan. 10, 16, 24, 29
Feb. 13, 21, 26, 28*
March 4, 7, 19, 22, 25, 27, 29*
April 1, 5, 11, 17, 19, 23, 25*, 29
May 2, 8, 10, 14, 16, 20, 28, 30*
June 5, 13, 19, 27*
July 10, 18, 24, 25*
Aug. 1, 7, 15, 21, 22*
Sept. 4, 12, 18, 26*
Oct. 2, 10, 16, 24*, 30
Nov. 7, 13, 21*
Dec. 5, 11, 19
*Mixed group event – itinerary for the event may vary


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.
First day
4:30 p.m. Check-in at Space Center Houston
5 p.m. EVA 23 documentary screening
5:30 p.m. Dinner served in Zero- G Diner
6:15 p.m. Activity one
7:35 p.m. Activity two
8:55 p.m. Activity three
10:10 p.m. Dismissal

Second day
8:45 a.m. Return to Space Center Houston
9 a.m. Private guided tram tour of NASA Johnson Space Center
10:30 a.m. Return to explore Space Center Houston
* Please note that the above schedule is subject to change. Length of tram tour and the locations visited vary depending on the season.

2018 available dates
Sept. 20
Oct. 4, 24
Nov. 8, 14
Dec. 20

2019 available dates
Jan. 15, 23
Feb. 19, 28*
March 6, 18, 21, 26, 28, 29*
April 3, 9, 12, 15, 18, 24, 25*, 30
May 3, 6, 9, 15, 21, 24, 30*
June 12, 20, 27*
July 11, 25*
Aug. 22*
Sept. 11, 19, 26*
Oct. 3, 23, 24*
Nov. 14, 21*
Dec. 18
*Mixed group event – itinerary for the event may vary


Mixed grade levels


  • Blast Off! – Newton’s laws of motion are a part of any rocket launch. Apply varying amounts of force on their launch pad and assess the changes in how high their rockets fly!
  • Programming Paths – When robots help us to explore a new area, they need the correct commands to do it safely. Learn to solve programming challenges as you code your own robot to explore.
  • Training for Exploration – Astronauts need to have a healthy mind and body to take on the challenges of living and working in space. Pass your astronaut training course as you prepare for space exploration!
  • The Eagle Has Landed! – Design and build a capsule to protect your eggstronaut for landing. Understanding forces and motion are mission critical to ensure a safe return back to Earth.
  • Rocking and Roving – Robots can be the first to explore a new area to ensure it is safe for human exploration. Plan your robot’s path to explore new terrain and correctly program it for a safe journey. Teamwork is key to work out solutions for your robotics rover.
  • Countdown to Launch! – Test various rocket designs to observe the changes in flight and determine which model works best. Learn about the various parts of a rocket and Newton’s laws to learn the science behind the flight tests.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
First day
4:30 p.m. Check-in at Space Center Houston
5 p.m. EVA 23 documentary screening
5:30 p.m. Dinner served in Zero- G Diner
6:15 p.m. Activity one
7:20 p.m. Activity two
8:25 p.m. Activity three
9:25 p.m. Dismissal

Second day
8:45 a.m. Return to Space Center Houston
9 a.m. Private guided NASA Tram Tour of Johnson Space Center
10:30 a.m. Return to explore Space Center Houston
* Please note that the above schedule is subject to change. Length of tram tour and the locations visited vary depending on the season.

2018 available dates
Oct. 10

2019 available dates
Feb. 28
March 29
April 25
May 30
June 27
July 25
Aug. 22
Sept. 26
Oct. 24


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