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NASA Exploration Station Background and Contents
The NASA Exploration Station at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), operated by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF), is one of NASA’s K-12 Student Educational Programs. The Exploration Station contains exhibits, demonstrations, space hardware and hands on activities facilitated by members of the AMF staff, who are knowledgeable in aeronautics, space sciences and NASA missions. They communicate past, present and future NASA activities to K-12 students.
NASA Exploration Station Participants
The NASA Exploration Station may be reserved for formal and informal K-12 student education programs.
Group capacity: Students: MINIMUM is 15, MAXIMUM is 45; Ratio: 1 adult chaperone per 10 students.
These programs are offered free of charge and our programs are offered on a first come, first served basis.
Hours of availability
Hour long students programs can be scheduled Monday through Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The NASA Exploration Station is closed during NASA special operations, such as launches, Holidays or Educator Workshops.
NOTE: All NASA Educational Student Programs are subject to cancellation or change based on launch day events, scrubs or other NASA activities/events. Programs will be rescheduled, whenever possible.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How much do the workshops cost?
Both teacher workshops and student programs are absolutely FREE!
How many teachers can attend a single workshop?
Minimum of 15 and maximum of 80
Can you provide a certificate of completion for teacher workshops?
How many K-12 students can attend a single student program?
Minimum of 15 and maximum of 45 students per session. Larger groups can be accommodated by having more than one program time scheduled.
What if my class can’t physically come to KSC?
There is an option to have a NASA Education Specialist come to your location if you are within a 50-mile radius of Kennedy Space Center. Another option is a video conference.
Do NASA programs support the science education standards?
Yes! Most subject areas can be customized to meet the needs of educators and state standards. Student programs provide an opportunity for K-12 students to encounter hands-on learning activities in math, science and technology through seeing, touching and doing! What is STEMtastic Tuesdays? The first Tuesday of every month is specifically set aside for homeschool groups. There are so many program requests from homeschool groups. Establishing one special day a month frees up the rest of the calendar for scheduling all of the other organizations requesting a NASA class.
What would a typical day be like at the Kennedy Space Center for my students?
Students will have a 45 minute program in the Exploration Station classroom with a NASA Education Specialist. Prior to or following the program, students and teachers are free to explore the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. You will have access to all exhibits on site except the bus tours. Please click on this link for more information about the Visitor Complex. https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com
What should we do at lunch time with our students?
Lunches may be purchased at the Visitors Complex or may be brought from school in coolers. If you plan on purchasing lunches in the Visitor Complex there are several restaurants/fast food options to choose from along with several seating areas. If lunches are brought from school in coolers, they need to remain on the bus. At lunchtime, walk the students out to parking lot 4, where the buses park. There are plenty of picnic tables and trash receptacles for your students. After lunch, return to the park through the security gate that you walked through to get your lunches.
I want my students to see the Saturn V rocket. Does this free program offer that exhibit as part of this experience?
No, unfortunately if you want to visit the Saturn V rocket, you will need to contact group sales at the Visitor Complex to purchase tickets for your students. Their number is 321-452-2121
If I have chaperones following the school bus to the Kennedy Space Center, will there be any fee for them to attend?
No! If a list of driving chaperones is received by our office within two weeks of your scheduled program, a parking pass will be issued to distribute to those drivers. They will also be admitted into the park for free with your students.
What would a typical day be like if a NASA Education Specialist came out to visit us in our classroom?
Once you submit your off-site request information on-line a NASA Education Specialist will be in contact with you to discuss the details of the type of program you are looking for. Once the Education Specialist arrives, the program typically lasts an hour. If you have more than one class, the Education Specialist will see all the students in 1 hour increments. For middle and high schools, the Education Specialist will ask for a bell schedule and will teach all of your students. For elementary schools, the specialist will typically travel from classroom to classroom to see all of that particular grade level. Whole school presentations can be done, as well, in a cafeteria or auditorium setting.
I have heard that the NASA Public Engagement Center also has a traveling Planetarium. How do I request the Planeterium to come to my school?
On the off-site request information on-line you may request the planetarium to come to your school. The planetarium has several shows to choose from that are appropriate for 4th-12th grade. The mobile planetarium can fit about 25 children per session. The dimensions are 15x15x10ft. It is very important to set the planetarium indoors in a quiet setting. A lot of outside activity will distract viewers and make it difficult to hear the presentation. The school also needs to meet the requirement to be within 50 miles of Kennedy Space Center.