This summer, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex invites all future space explorers to imagine, create, program and construct with new activities designed especially for them. A few days a week through mid-August 2018, kids of all ages can participate in numerous STEAM-focused stations on the bottom floor of Space Shuttle Atlantis®. STEAM, meaning Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, encompasses interests and skills essential to space exploration and many other careers. Find inspiration with any of these activities:
Using a tablet, code spherical robots to move through paint and around a canvas to create a unique masterpiece. This abstract art is inspired by the works of Jackson Pollock. Be sure to pick up your painting by 4:00 PM on the day of your visit.
Program a robot to navigate in a grid and around obstacles, even at an incline. There are three coding difficulties, so students with a range of skill sets and code understanding will enjoy more challenging programming. More advanced coders can attach a marker to the robot and write their name.
Create and build like an architect! Using wood structures, ropes, pulley systems and more, imagine endless structures and bring them to life.
Learning Binary Code
Computers have their own language, and in STEAM, learning this language is very important. Use colored foam blocks to learn binary code, and then spell out your name with your new understanding of binary coding!
Other Hands-On Activities
- Space Coloring Sheets
- LEGO® Building Station
- How Much Do You Weigh On Other Planets?
- Astronaut Application Activity Sheets
Don’t forget! All year long, young space explorers can also play Cosmic Quest, an interactive game using real NASA missions. Cosmic Quest is located throughout the visitor complex and is an add-on enhancement. Add this experience to your day or your visits all year long!