Avaliable Programs

Artist's concept shows NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission over the red planet.

All About Mars

Participants will learn about NASA resources and current missions to MARS. Program will help develop or refine theories about how air, water, and other elements impact our exploration missions to Mars. Become a MARTIAN EXPERT. Activities include media based and hands-on engineering projects. Program offers STEAM with current mission photography. All activities include Earth's geologic features and how they compare to Mars.

Grades: 3-12

Length: 60-90 minutes

Number of Students: 30-35 per session

Astronaut Space Camp

Astronaut Space Camp Experience

Learn what it is to train like an astronaut.  Activities include:

  • History and engineering including launch of rockets
  • Life aboard he International Space Station and the science in it
  • Space Launch Systems (become an engineer of the new transport that will carry NASA astronauts to Mars and beyond)
  • Simulators
  • Design and build of a colony,
  • team-building and communication skills activities and more.

Requires a 6 month advance request and is limited to 25 students per session

Grades: 5-8

Length: Half or Full day options available

Number of Students: 15-30 per session (minimum of 15 students per session)

Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array

Astronomy

Learn the history of astronomy and connections to ancient cultures, telescopes and discoveries throughout the years. Program includes career opportunities in the astronomy scientific areas. Study space exploration; including space craft in our solar system. Topics include celestial navigation and the constellations, distance and Newton’s Laws, Kepler, Galileo, stars and black holes. Activities include mapping the stars, solar system charting and an exoplanet challenge.

Grades: 4-12

Length: 60-90 minutes

Number of Students: 30-35 per session

Solar System Montage

Earth and the Solar System

This program covers Earth's relationship with the Sun and other planets. Students will learn about the Earth, the Moon, Venus, Mars, and their behavior in space. They will become familiar with planetary conditions, day & yearly cycles, and take a look at math in our solar system and beyond! Basic astrobiology and exoplanets systems will be explored.

Grades: 1-12

Length: 60-90 minutes

Number of Students: 25-30 per session

Mars Map Experience

MARS MAP Experience

The Giant MARS MAP is an exciting standards-based interactive educational tool for upper-elementary-aged students and middle school. The Martian map is a tool to motivate and engage students to develop an understanding for real world STEAM based concepts using the Red Planet as the basis. The curriculum covers technology, geography, math, science, language arts and innovative thinking. The map can be used in a classroom or assembly setting.

Grades: 3-8

Length: 60 - 90 minutes

Number of Students: 30-35 per session

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CAPE CANAVERAL (July 8, 2011) The Space Shuttle Atlantis lifts off from Kennedy Space Center for the last time during NASA's final space shuttle mission. The final mission was commanded by U.S. Navy Capt. Christopher J. Ferguson. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Released)

NASA - One Giant Leap for Mankind

Using the history of NASA students will learn about the history of aerospace – from early achievements of space flight to the present age. Students will explore past, current and future space exploration projects while learning the history of NASA, the challenges, successes and failures. Program includes highlights of projects that are current as well as significant milestones from the past missions. Fromm the earth to Mars and beyond!

Grades: K-12

Length: 60 minutes to multiple day options

Number of Students: 20-25 per session

Student Teams Work As Real Scientists

NASA Remote Sensing : Earth & Space Sciences

From the origins of the first attempts at remote sensing to the most current earth based and beyond our solar system, students will discover the many engineering challenges in this industry. Using earth based projects and NASA mission programs, we we explore the design of structure, systems and other requirements to allow for remote operations in all mediums.

We also explore the different applications and career opportunities within the remote sensing research and industry. Program includes a drone design challenge as well as basic flight elements.

Grades: 5-12

Length: 60 - 90 minutes

Number of Students: 25 - 30 per session

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Robotics

Our Mars Robotics Challenge covers the history of robotics. Explore The role of robots and exploration both on Earth and beyond. Topics include current and future NASA and related robotics industry engineering, advances in artificial intelligence, planetary sciences research and more.

Learn about, build and program rovers using the same mission directives as the ones on Mars. Martian exploration history and other planet research topics are introduced. This program features Lego Mindstorm robots.

Program requires access to a computer lab

Grades: 1-12

Length: 90 minutes to 2.5 hours

Number of Students: up to 25 per session

Living In Space

The Science of Living in Space

Space is the final frontier.  Focus on the challenges that must be met for longer term space living. The history of living in orbit is covered with topics such as electromagnetic spectrum, radiation and spacecraft design and structure.  Explore impact of micro gravity in human physiology.  Activities include station design and history, astronaut training, and the Apollo 13 challenge.

Grades: 1-12

Length: 60-90 minutes

Number of Students: 25-30 per session

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STEM Educator Professional Development

Our STEAM standards aligned aerospace educational workshops are designed to serve all educators - from University pre-service educators, pre-service teachers, K-12 teachers to informal educators.

We offer a variety of STEAM topics including robotics, earth sciences, engineering design and many more.

Our Summer Space Science Institute is offered in partnership with several industry and academic institutions to bring real-world connections and resources directly to the classrooms

Programs are available in many formats from half day to multi-day options. Custom workshop options are available.

Grades: K-12

Length: 60 minutes to multiple day options

Number of Educators: 20 - 25 educators per session

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