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NASA Classes & Events for Kids

NASA Classes & Events for Kids

Enjoy out-of-this-world fun and learning with NASA experts.

Join Free Kids Virtual Events with NASA Experts

Are your children fascinated by space? Do they want to explore the most exciting NASA missions and cutting-edge technology? In this series of free virtual events, your kids will learn from NASA's top experts. Discover everything from how NASA collects asteroid rock and brings it back to Earth, to how they explore evidence of past microbial life on Mars, to how they rescued a NASA spacecraft a million times farther away than the space station. NASA experts will also share their own stories regarding pursuing a career in space, as well as their advice and even some opportunities for students who are passionate about this area. Save your spot for these exclusive events for free now!

Explore NASA Mission To Collect Asteroid Rock

  • Grades 2-10
  • Friday, 10/22/2021
    11:00 PM Coordinated Universal Time
  • Is your child excited about space? Meet a NASA expert to explore their mission to collect and bring asteroid rock back to Earth! In this FREE kids virtual event, your child will learn: 🪐 What is the NASA OSIRIS-REx Mission 🪐 How to travel to the near-Earth asteroid Bennu and bring back rock samples 🪐 Hands-on activities to learn space concepts guided by a NASA expert 🪐 What is it like to work at NASA and what the opportunities are to explore space for students 🪐 Ask the NASA expert any questions they want! Speaker: Nicole Lunning - Deputy OSIRIS-REx Curator, Johnson Space Center; Bruce Callow - Teacher and Co-author of <To the Stars: Costa Rica in NASA>

Explore Life in Mars with NASA Rover

  • Grades 2-10
  • Saturday, 11/20/2021
    12:00 AM Coordinated Universal Time
  • Does your child want to know if life existed on Mars? Meet NASA experts to explore their Mars Sample Return Mission with the Perseverance Rover! In this FREE kids event, your child will learn: 🚀 What is NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) 🚀 How does JPL collect Martian soil samples with the Perseverance Rover 🚀 Closer look on Mars such as an ancient lakebed called Jezero Crater 🚀 Hands-on activities to learn space concepts guided by NASA expert 🚀 What is it like to work at NASA and what are the opportunities to explore space for students 🚀 Ask NASA experts any questions you want! Speaker: Eric Aguilar - Assistant Deliver Manager, Mars Soil Sample Return Project at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL); Bruce Callow - Teacher and Co-author of <To the Stars: Costa Rica in NASA>

How Did I Rescue NASA Spacecraft Far Away

  • Grades 2-10
  • Saturday, 1/8/2022
    12:00 AM Coordinated Universal Time
  • Does your child want to know what it's like to control a NASA spacecraft more than a million times farther than the space station? Meet Dr. Marc, the leader of many NASA interplanetary missions, to hear his exciting story in space! In this FREE kids event, your child will learn: 🛰 How Dr. Marc start his passion and career in space exploration 🛰 How Dr. Marc handled incredible obstacles to rescue the NASA spacecraft 🛰 Dr. Marc's Dawn Mission to explore dwarf planet Ceres and asteroid Vesta 🛰 Hands-on activities to learn space concepts guided by NASA expert 🛰 What is it like to work at NASA and what are the opportunities to explore space for students 🛰 Ask NASA experts any questions you want! Speaker: Dr. Marc Rayman, the Chief of Science and Operations at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Bruce Callow - Teacher and Co-author of <To the Stars: Costa Rica in NASA>

Join Small-Group Outer-Space Kids Virtual Classes

If your children are interested in the NASA expert series, further indulge their learning and creativity with more in-depth learning about outer space in a live virtual small group class (5 students max means lots of engaging teacher attention). To help your student explore and cultivate their passion for space, choose from classes on Star Trek, space careers, coding for outer space, and many more — no background in astronomy is required. Pick your kids' favorite topic and start their space journey today! Hurry, spots are limited.

Mission to Mars: Scratch Coding Class (Max 5 Students)

Grades 2-10

Do you love NASA and astronomy? Save your spot for this special small group (max 5 students) 55-minute class! Join along live via Zoom video as an engaging teacher guides you through creating a fun outer space project using MIT's Scratch coding - one of the best programming languages for beginners. Together, you'll create an awesome game to land a lander on Mars before it gets lost in space! You'll learn essential Scratch concepts from loops to variables, build your problem solving skills, and unleash your creativity as you conquer this unique challenge. P.S. Why do stars keep going to school? So they can get brighter. Save your spot to join the stars!

The Path to Space Careers: Start Your Adventure Now

Grades 5-12

In this exciting 4 part course students are introduced to key space missions, careers and NASA mentors which will inspire the students on their paths to one day working in the aerospace industry. Join me as we travel through the solar system and beyond and learn about the real people who do amazing space jobs. ( engineers, scientists etc). We will discuss past, current and future space missions including the Artemis missions to the moon, the Perseverance Mars Rover, Voyager, the discovery of exoplanets, CubeSats, upcoming missions to Europa and Titan. Students will be given tips on how to go about applying for NASA internships and will be provided opportunities to connect directly with NASA specialists/mentors. My teaching style is fun and informal and I explain complex ideas in an enjoyable way so my students have fun as they interactively explore their interest in space exploration. I am fortunate to have many contacts who work on space missions at NASA centers, universities and other space agencies. Introducing my students to NASA mentors gives me great satisfaction and gives the students an advantage for conducting further space research and exploring their paths to working in the space industry. Students will be given the assignment of creating a space mission and explaining it to the rest of the class. Students will have the opportunity to act out mock NASA internship interviews to help prepare them for when they apply for internships. Students will be encouraged and coached to prepare a project to submit in next year's Junior Breakthrough Challenge. https://breakthroughjuniorchallenge.org/

Star Trek and the NASA Connection

Grades 5-12

Star Trek Conversation Club: The History of the Future & the NASA Connection In this fun multidisciplinary class, students develop leadership skills while becoming familiar with the history, philosophy and technology of the first 3 Star Trek series as they learn about their impact on NASA and popular culture. Class One: Star Trek's impact on technological innovation and the NASA connection In this class we review Star Trek's important impact on NASA and technology. This will include its impact on the Apollo program as well as the work of African American Star Trek star Nichelle Nichols in the Space Shuttle's recruitment program. Many tech devices we use everyday, including smartphones, were inspired by Star Trek. We will explore which Star Trek inventions have come true and which ones are still a few years ahead, such as the phaser, medical tricorder and transporter. We will discuss some of the scientific principals behind these devices. This class is ideal for those interested in tech history and innovation as well as the history of American popular culture. Class Two: First Contact with Extraterrestrial Civilizations and the philosophy of Star Trek's Prime Directive In this class we review several topical dramatic situations from Star Trek and compare and contrast Star Trek's non interference directive to an eventual real life first contact scenario with an alien civilization. These issues are becoming increasingly relevant as humanity approaches the day when life beyond Earth is officially confirmed. Students will have fun creatively acting out 1st Contact scenarios. Class Three: Applying Problem Solving and Leadership Skills. In this class we debate the strengths and weaknesses of the leadership styles of 3 Star Trek captains based on scenarios we will review together. Students will develop their problem solving /conflict resolution skills through fun role role plays inspired by scenarios from Star Trek that have real life implications. This class develops team work skills and is ideal for aspiring astronauts. Get ready for some time travel! Class Four: The Legacy of Star Trek in Popular Culture Star Trek has gifted us with a rich cultural and technological legacy including the Vulcan hand salute and the Vulcan philosophy of "Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations." In this class students will explore the lasting impact Star Trek has made through movies spin off series and merchandising. Students will get an exciting inside view of a Star Trek Convention and pay a virtual visit to Starfleet Academy. Students will discuss which area of Star Fleet appeals to them the most: Command, Communications, Science etc. These decisions will help orient students towards their future study paths and careers.

The Path to Space Careers: Private Classes

Grades 3-12

Fine tune your knowledge of space exploration in private classes tailored to your individual interests and needs. Recommended for students interested in developing their own space projects and for those preparing to apply for NASA internships. Please click the "Contact” button above to request a private class and we will work out a schedule based on your needs.

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