ALEXANDRIA, VA-Teachers, looking for a fun STEM-related activity to do with your class? NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. is hosting virtual field trips from their Visitor Center. The field trips are free and led by trained staff. Choose from any of the three experiences:
Living and Working in Space, Kindergarten – Fourth Grade
Discover the various types of technology developed to help humans live in space. Learn about the parts of a spacesuit and see food items sent to the International Space Station.
How to Build a Satellite, Fourth – Eighth Grade
Explore the engineering design process and how it is used at Goddard to solve problems. Also learn about tools and components of a satellite with demonstrations focusing on infrared light.
Goddard Overview, Ninth Grade – Adult
With facilities throughout the US, Goddard is a place where a mission can proceed from start to finish: from planning to building to testing – and even launching. Goddard is involved in nearly every NASA science mission related to Earth and planetary science, heliophysics, and astrophysics. Tour the Greenbelt site and see a presentation focused on current missions.
The timeframe for each virtual field trip is 30 to 45 minutes. A minimum of eight people is required. To schedule a trip, email GSFC-VisitorCenter@mail.nasa.gov.
As an alternative to the field trip, Goddard posts virtual experiences and activities each month about different missions.