STEM Activities

The NDSGC conducts the following activities at teacher workshops, K-12 outreach events, and with the STEM Ambassador program. Each lesson plan link connects to the activities' corresponding Google Drive folder. You should not need a Google account to access the materials.

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The following activities can be found in the master NDSGC Google Drive folder.
For convenience, we organized by activity below:

Please contact msaad@space.edu if you are unable to

access these Google Drive locations, or if a document needs to be amended.

Apollo 13
Apollo 13

Astronauts and engineers must work together in this historical simulation. Great communication activity!

Bristle Bots
Bristle Bots

Small battery-powered robots tasked with cleaning up Mars' solar panels

End Effector
End Effector

Replicate the grappling end of the ISS' CanadArm with simple materials!

Establish your Crew
Establish your Crew

Who would you take to Mars? Plan for long-duration spaceflight and isolation.

House Warming
House Warming

How would you construct your Martian habitat to keep your astronauts safe from the harsh surface conditions?

GLOBE app
GLOBE app

Use NASA's GLOBE app to contribute to citizen science intiatives

Mars Rover Lander
Mars Rover Lander

(Egg drop) Land your Mars Rover Lander safely onto the surface!

On Target
On Target

Use Newton's laws to plan for and execute a precise landing!

Pocket Solar System
Pocket Solar System

Make a distance scale of the solar system. Do you know how far apart the planets are?

Remote Sensing of Mars
Remote Sensing of Mars

Use real NASA documentation to plan the landing site of Perseverance Rover and Ingenuity helicopter!

Rockets to the Rescue
Rockets to the Rescue

Save Mark Watney on Mars! Safely deliver a payload of essentials to a specific landing ellipse on Mars.

Solar System Processes
Solar System Processes

Analyze remote sensing images from all across the solar system and compare them to Earth's own processes.

Strange New Planet
Strange New Planet

Use different forms of technology to observe (and visit) your exoplanet! Class favorite!

Super Sleuths
Super Sleuths

Use your detective skills to match your meteorite samples to its parent-body asteroid.

Thermal Mapping on Mars
Thermal Mapping on Mars

What lies underneath Mars' surface? Decipher where you would land your Mars lander to set up a human settlement.

UV Astronaut
UV Astronaut

Test different space suit materials to protect your astronaut from harsh solar radiation.

Water on Mars
Water on Mars

Test mystery samples of liquid, brought back by the Curiosity Rover! Which one is water?

What's in the Wind?
What's in the Wind?

Learn what's in our wind, using commonly found materials from the house.

Water Filter Challenge
Water Filter Challenge

Learn how astronauts on the ISS recycle water! Students will build filters with easy to find supplies, and preform tests on the water to see how their filter worked.

Marshmallow Constellations
Marshmallow Constellations

Using mini marshmallows and toothpicks build the night sky!

Solar S'mores
Solar S'mores

Harness the sun’s energy on a hot day to make a delicious treat!

Paper Table Challenge
Paper Table Challenge

Do you have what it takes to be a NASA engineer?

Make a Windsock
Make a Windsock

Create your own windsock to determine the wind direction and strength!

Tape Atmospheres
Tape Atmospheres

Which one will warm up the water the most?

No-Leak Bag
No-Leak Bag

What happens if you poke a pencil through a bag of water?

Accuracy and Precision
Accuracy and Precision

What is the difference between being accurate and being precise?

Build an Atom
Build an Atom

Use everyday materials to build a model atom.

Cardboard Rover
Cardboard Rover

Apply the engineering design process to build a better rover.

Europa/Titan Cryobot
Europa/Titan Cryobot

Explore moons of our solar system with this NGSS middle school lesson plan from Space Foundation.

Hologram Illusion
Hologram Illusion

What do you see when you look into a mirror? Can you describe what is happening in terms of physics?

Instant Fog
Instant Fog

Create fog in the classroom with this simple demonstration!

International Space Station
International Space Station

Lead the "Build the Station Simulation" using this educator guide from NASA (gr. 5-8).

Make A Parachute
Make A Parachute

Create your own model parachute to safely land a payload on a planet.

Mass vs. Weight
Mass vs. Weight

Explore the physics concepts of mass and weight.

Robot Hands
Robot Hands

Build a device that can grasp objects just like humans can.

Coding Lesson: ISS Docking Guide
Coding Lesson: ISS Docking Guide

Students create a simulation for a capsule docking on the International Space Station (ISS) using the Scratch coding program.