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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.
Enjoy this series of activities that emphasizes creativity, teamwork, problem-solving, and communication!

Scroll down to explore the complete list.
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Astronauts and engineers must work together in this historical simulation of distance and communication.

Apollo 13


Students need to decide which talents and skills would be ideal during a spaceflight.

Establish your crew

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Students land their Mars rover safely onto the surface (egg drop - space style).

Mars Rover Lander


Students use real NASA documentation to plan the landing site of Perseverance rover.

Remote Sensing

Illuminated Rock

Students use different forms of technology to observe (and visit) exoplanets!

Strange New Planet


Students test different space suit materials to protect your astronaut from harsh solar conditions.

UV Astronaut


Students learn how astronauts on the ISS recycle water by building their own filters.

Water Filter Challenge


Students test their engineering skills to create this 3D shape with basic materials.

Paper Tables


Students experiment with the properties of water by sticking pencils/pens through a bag.

No-Leak Bag


Students apply the engineering design process to build their best rover.

Cardboard Rover

Students create fog in the classroom with this simple demonstration.

Instant Fog


Students explore the concepts of mass and weight through different examples.

Mass vs. Weight


Participants make small, battery-powered robots to clean up Mar's solar panels.

Bristle Bots


Students create a habitat to protect astronauts from the harsh conditions of Mars.

House Warming

Students use Newton's Laws to plan, design, and execute a precise landing.

On Target

Rocket Launch

Students work to save Mark Watney on Mars by safely delivering a payload of essential items.

Rocket to the Rescue


Students use their detective skills to match meteorite samples to its parent-body asteroid.

Super Sleuths


Students test mystery samples of liquid brought back by the Curiosity Rover. Which is water?

Water on Mars


Students use mini marshmallows and toothpicks to build the night sky through various constellations.

Yummy Constellations


Students create their own windsock to determine the wind direction and strength.

Make a Windsock


Students learn the difference between accuracy and precision in this hands-on activity.

Accuracy & Precision


Students explore moons of our solar system with this NGSS middle school lesson plan.

Europa/Titan Cryobot

Lead "Build the Station Simulation" using this educator guide from NASA.


Students build a device that can grasp objects just like human hands.

Robot Hands


Students work with a set list of simple materials to replicate the end of the ISS CanadArm.

End Effector

Earth and Space

Students use NASA's GLOBE app to contribute to citizen science initiatives.


Students make a scale of the solar system. Will they correctly guess how far apart the planets are?

Pocket Solar System

Students analyze remote sensing images from across the solar system and compare them to Earth's.

Solar System Process

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Students work to decipher where they would land a Mars lander to set up a human settlement.

Thermal Mapping


Students learn about what's in our wind using commonly found, household materials.

What's in the wind?


Students harness the sun's energy on a hot day to make a delicious treat.

Solar S'mores

Students experiment with different materials to test which would warm water the most.

Tape Atmosphere


Students use everyday materials to build a model atom - learn about electrons, neutrons, and protons.

Build an Atom


Students create these mini-holograms, then describe what is happening in terms of physics.

Hologram Illusion

Blue Parachute

Students create their own parachute to safely land a payload on a planet (egg drop).

Make a Parachute

Space Satellite

Students simulate a capsule docking on the International Space Station via a coding program.

Coding Lesson: ISS

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