Family Space Day Overview - ISS
Family Space Day is a three hour event. The activities are set up so that children
and parents can select the order in which they undertake activities. Parents and
children are encouraged to learn, play, and explore together.
Objectives of the Day
- build an understanding of what it is like to live and work aboard the
International Space Station, including some of the considerations for eating,
drinking, and sleeping in space.
- learn about the microgravity environment of the station and how it affects
every-day activities …including play!
- experience the challenges of maneuvering equipment aboard the station.
- learn about the science being conducted in space that helps us on Earth
now, and will prepare us for future space missions to the Moon, Mars, and
- Station 1: ISS Posters
Children and their parents will view 4 posters that provide information on
what it is like to live and work in space and about who has been involved in
the construction of the International Space Station.
- Station 2: Robotic Arm Challenge
Children are challenged to perform a variety of tasks using a remotely
controlled robotic arm – just like the astronauts have to!
- Station 3: Toys in Space
Do toys on Earth and toys aboard the International Space Station (yes, the
astronauts took some!) behave in the same manner? Children play with
toys, make predictions about their behavior in micro-gravity, and learn if
their predictions are correct.
- Station 5: Space Crystals
Crystals in space grow without the pull of gravity. Children make their own
sugar solution and watch crystals grow.
- Station 8: Reading Room
Children and their parents can browse and read a selection of books about
living and working in space (refer to book list for suggested reading).
Facilitator Information – International Space Station
Explore the International Space Station – Book and Website References
All About the International Space Station– An Space Station Fact Sheet