Family Space Day Overview - Space Shuttle

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

Children will:

  • learn the components of the Space Shuttle.
  • explore how the Space Shuttle is used to support the space program and
    space research.
  • participate in a simulated Space Shuttle mission and learn about some of
    the people involved in Shuttle missions.


Station 1: Build a Space Shuttle
Children build a Space Shuttle and learn about its importance in transporting
astronauts and other items.

Station 2: Create a Mission Patch
Children learn the different components of mission patches and design their

Station 3: Land Your Space Shuttle
Children build a paper model of the Space Shuttle and then attempt to land
it safely on the runway.

Station 4: Space Shuttle Action Theater
Children re-enact a Space Shuttle mission, from launch to landing!

Station 5: Edible Space Shuttle
Children learn about the main components of the new Space Shuttle design
by building an edible one!

Station 6: Put it in Perspective
Children learn about the distances of different objects in the sky by
attempting to put into order images of Earth, Mars, the Space Shuttle, the
Moon and the International Space Station.

Station 7: Coloring Sheets and Games
Children relax and color and play simple games related to the Space Shuttle.

Station 8: Reading Room
Children and their parents browse and read a selection of books about the
Space Shuttle (refer to book list for suggested reading).

Other Materials

Facilitator Information – Space Shuttle
Explore Space Shuttle– Book and Website References
All About Rockets – A Space Shuttle Fact Sheet


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