Stars & STEM

Stars & STEM, formerly known as Space After Dark, 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

  • Live briefing about Mars
  • 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

Price

  • $59.95 per student
  • $39.95 per adult within a 1:10 adult to student ratio
  • $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.

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Elementary

We are Explorers (grades K-2)
Prepare for space like an astronaut! Students will discover what it takes to be an astronaut as they receive certified training for their missions. They will design mission patches for their journeys, code robots to traverse Mars, launch rockets to new heights and experience the challenges of working in space.

Go for Launch (grades 3-5)
You are “go” for a mission to Mars. Students will collaborate and solve problems when faced with engineering challenges for a Mars launch and landing system. They will learn about Newton’s Laws while designing rockets and preparing “eggstonauts” for landing on the red planet. Once arriving on Mars, they will program a robot to help accomplish their missions.

First day
4:30 p.m. Check-in at Space Center Houston
5 p.m. Mission Briefing Center show
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.

2017 available dates
Nov. 9
Dec. 13

2018 available dates
Jan. 16
Feb. 15, 20
March 2, 6, 21, 29
April 4, 11, 23, 27
May 8, 16, 24, 25, 30
June 14, 20
July 5
Aug. 8, 16
Sept. 6, 26
Oct. 18
Nov. 1, 29
Dec. 6, 12

Middle school

Mission to Mars (grades 6-8)
Things don’t always go as planned in spaceflight. Because of this, astronaut candidates are chosen for their abilities to make quick decisions for the benefit of their missions. Will your group be able to solve puzzles to unlock the mysteries surrounding the Mars Colony One crew? As part of their mission to Mars, students will build rockets and test trajectories as they launch toward the red planet. After arriving at Mars, students will design and build rovers to transport precious cargo to their habitats.

First day
4:30 p.m. Check-in at Space Center Houston
5 p.m. Mission Briefing Center show
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.

2017 available dates
Nov. 16
Dec. 7, 14, 21

2018 available dates
Jan. 11, 17, 23
Feb. 13, 22, 28
March 1, 5, 7, 20, 22, 26, 28, 30
April 6, 12, 16, 18, 26, 30
May 3, 7, 9, 11, 15, 21, 23, 29, 31
June 7, 13, 21, 27
July 12, 18, 26
Aug. 1, 9, 15, 23
Sept. 5, 13, 19, 27
Oct. 3, 17, 25
Nov. 7, 15, 28
Dec. 13, 19

High school

Space Odyssey (grades 9-12)
Students live the dream and become immersed in the world of NASA engineering from past to present. They will build and launch Space Center Houston rockets during a special night-launch. Communication and teamwork are emphasized as students design and construct a prototype heat shield that must be able to withstand the intense heat of entry into the Martian atmosphere. Students must protect their “eggstronaut” from temperatures of approximately 2000 °C (3,600 °F) with similar constraints of real spaceflight. Once the heat shields have been through the engineering design process to withstand entry into the Martian atmosphere, the challenges continue as students must design and build robotic rovers to transport precious cargo across the Martian terrain.

First day
4:30 p.m. Check-in at Space Center Houston
5 p.m. Mission Briefing Center show
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
Jan. 9, 18, 24
Feb. 21, 27
March 8, 19, 23, 27
April 5, 9, 13, 17, 25
May 2, 10, 14, 18
June 6, 28
July 11, 19
Aug. 2, 22
Sept. 12, 20
Oct. 4, 24
Nov. 8, 14
Dec. 20

Mixed grade levels

Prepare for space like an astronaut! Students will discover what it takes to be an astronaut as they receive certified training for their missions. They will design mission patches for their journeys, code robots to traverse Mars, launch rockets to new heights and experience the challenges of working in space.
You are “go” for a mission to Mars. Students will collaborate and solve problems when faced with engineering challenges for a Mars launch and landing system. They will learn about Newton’s Laws while designing rockets and preparing “eggstonauts” for landing on the red planet. Once arriving on Mars, they will program a robot to help accomplish their missions.
Things don’t always go as planned in spaceflight. Because of this, astronaut candidates are chosen for their abilities to make quick decisions for the benefit of their missions. Will your group be able to solve puzzles to unlock the mysteries surrounding the Mars Colony One crew? As part of their mission to Mars, students will build rockets and test trajectories as they launch toward the red planet. After arriving at Mars, students will design and build rovers to transport precious cargo to their habitats.
Students live the dream and become immersed in the world of NASA engineering from past to present. They will build and launch Space Center Houston rockets during a special night-launch. Communication and teamwork are emphasized as students construct a prototype heat shield that must be able to withstand the harsh environment of space where temperatures can range from 250° F (-156° C) to 250° F (121° C). Once the heat shields have been tested to withstand entry to the Martian atmosphere, the engineering challenges continue as students must design and build robotic rovers to transport precious cargo across the Martian terrain.
First day
4:30 p.m. Check-in at Space Center Houston
5 p.m. Mission Briefing Center show
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
Jan. 25
April 19
July 25
Oct. 10

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