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From our Earth’s atmosphere to the outer reaches of our solar system, this hands-on program for children entering kindergarten through fifth grade sends them on a quest for exploration! Comets, planets, stars and more are all waiting to be discovered. Learn about the four forces of flight, the challenges of space travel, and participate in a rocket launch!
Day 1: Earth and Beyond
Explore the farthest reaches of our solar system and create a lunar eclipse in this “mad” planetary tour! Work out your escape velocity to get away from gravity and bring it home with a Gravity Assisted Launcher®! Next, go on a mission to explore the atmosphere on Earth, and beyond! Create a rainbow and make a sunset! Mix up various planetary atmospheres, one molecule at a time, and act out the weight of the atomosphere!
Day 2: Astronaut-in-Training
Discover technology designed for outer space! Steer a laser beam through a laser maze, find hidden mountains using the principles of radar technology, and discover everyday objects that were originally designed for use in space! Bring the excitement home with a Stereoscopic Viewer® with 3D images of space! And that’s just the beginning! Live the life of an astronaut as you suit up for space flight! Compare the temperatures on Neptune and Venus, and practice an out-or-this-world team challenge!
Day 3: Solar Launch
This stellar program is your ticket to the stars! Follow the life cycle of stars and see how constellations change when you travel across the galaxy. Learn to read a star chart and try your hand at following the skies to tell the time of year. Jump from star gazer to rocket scientist! Investigate the four forces of flight, and explore the science involved in rocket construction as you build your own Skyblazer Rocket® that you can take home!
Day 4: Eye on the Sky
Come take a closer look at steroid, comets, satellites, and other lights in the night sky. Bring far-away objects into focus as you learn about the power of mirrors and lenses. See comets up close as one is formed before your eyes. Build a Space Telescope® and participate in a sky gazing marathon!
Day 5: Space Voyage
Learn what it takes to be a true globetrotter! Race a balloon rocket and design your own car engine as you learn about thrust. See the principles of propulsion at work in a real rocket launch, and build your very own Space Copter® to fly to the skies!
NOTE: If your child has participated in our after-school program "NASA Academy of Future Space Explorers," they will experience a large high percentage of repeated activities in this program.