Shows and Presentations
Hear from NASA education specialist Becky Kamas about STEM resources available to inspire and educate the next generation of explorers.
11:30 a.m. Destiny Theater (limited to first 225 people)
From Blue to Red (Planetarium Show)
Follow Carina, a young woman stationed on a fictional Mars base, as she communicates with her brother Aidan back on Earth. Participants will learn about the differences between Earth and Mars and what it might be like to live and work on another planet.
11 a.m., 12 p.m., Astronaut Gallery (limited to first 30 people)
Space Racers Screening
Watch a live screening of a special Space Racers episode in the Space Center Theater! Space Racers is a new, original, half-hour animated series for preschoolers that follows young spaceship cadets at the Stardust Bay Space Academy as they soar through the solar system.
11:45 a.m. Space Center Theater (limited to first 550 people)
Activities and Demonstrations
Rovers are essential to NASA’s exploration of Mars. As part of this astronaut challenge, participants will be given a special mission to collect a rock sample and return to base. To make it even more exciting, they will be racing against another astronaut trainee to see who will be able to complete the mission first. Take an off-world joy ride in a race across the Martian surface. Blast through craters, bank through other-worldly turns and cheer on your favorite team – all while learning about tele-robotics!
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Astronaut Gallery
Experience the sensation of microgravity while performing a simulated Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA), or spacewalk, using gravity chairs. Students will face mental and physical agility challenges while wearing bulky gloves as they attempt to assemble a space tool using only audible directions received from “Mission Control.” Just like real astronauts, participants must be prepared for the unexpected if they hope to complete the assigned tasks.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Zero-G Diner Patio
Interstellar Scavenger Hunt
Participants will be divided into teams of four to five members as they explore Space Center Houston in a fun and active scavenger hunt. They will answer space-history trivia, do fun activities and even take selfies. Each item is worth a certain number of points, the team with the most points wins. One smartphone per team is used for the official scoring. A mobile device can be checked out for any team that doesn’t have one.
Noon, Astronaut Gallery
Guests will have the opportunity to refresh with a sample of a space smoothie made from space food ingredients. You might be surprised just how good they can taste.
11 a.m., Zero-G Diner Patio
Minecraft for Parents
Minecraft is a huge “world” full of wonder – but also problems and even perils. Created in 2009, the open-ended game gives the player the ability to move freely around an unlimited virtual world. This workshop is an overview to help parents understand what they need to know about the game, how to play, some of the amazing things that can be learned through using the game, and how to manage their children’s Minecraft experiences. This session is for adults (parents) only. Parents will learn to navigate Minecraft to assist their children with this technology tool.
11 a.m. Classroom 2
Registration required: limited to first 12 participants
New Horizons: Pluto
Students will explore Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, the third region of our solar system, with NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. NASA’s New Horizons Mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt is sending back amazing data from Pluto and its moons. In this hands-on workshop, students will learn about space exploration, classification, scale and size by designing and building their own space crafts. This historic mission is teeming with rich educational resources for students such as short video clips, downloadable spacecraft models, amazing simulations, and incredible photos of Pluto. Parents must accompany their homeschoolers.
11 a.m. Classroom 3
Registration required: limited to first 15 students ages 6-9 Session full
Apply Newton’s Laws of Motion to construct and design a hovercraft; understand practical applications of hovercraft technology and predict how this technology will influence human modes of transportation in the future.
11:30 a.m. The Club
Registration Required: limited to first 25 students ages 10 and older Session full
Students will use their creativity to design a unique 3D tool that can be assembled or available in a timely manner for a space mission. The tool can assist with space gardening, medicine, communications and more.
12:30 p.m. Silver Moon Room
Registration Required: limited to first 15 students ages 12 and older Session full
Students will be challenged to build robots and take on missions that require them to activate communication stations; assemble a crew; climb steep slopes to free a trapped mars research rover; launch satellites; collect rock samples and secure power supplies. Don’t miss the fun of this exciting next-gen robotics session.
12:30 p.m. The Club
Registration Required: limited to first 20 students ages 10 and older Session full
Mobile App Design
Students will plug into the mobile revolution by learning important fundamentals of designing their own mobile apps on the Android platform. Through this session, students may learn introductory programming skills and tools they can use at home.
12:30 p.m. Classroom 4
Registration Required: limited to first 20 students ages 12 and older Session full
Times and locations of speakers, presentations, workshops, shows, activities and demonstrations subject to change without notice.