Camp KSC® Activity Descriptions

All campers attending Camp Kennedy Space Center® will participate in five days of activities throughout Kennedy Space Center. Specific activities will vary based on the camper’s team, but camp involves the following elements:

For the health and safety of guests and crew members, some camp activities may be impacted and new safety procedures are in place.


Astronaut Training Experience (ATX)®

Campers may train in three areas: Launch Operations, Mars Operations and Microgravity Operations.* For the Launch training, campers will be assigned a position in Mission Control or in the Orion spacecraft. The teams of 12 will be scored on their ability to work together to launch and dock their spacecraft while dealing with one or more emergencies. In the Mars Surface Exploration training area, campers will take turns landing and driving on Mars in full-motion simulators and/or walking on Mars using virtual reality equipment. Throughout these experiences, campers will guide one another through the steps needed to complete different missions. In Microgravity Operations training, campers will strap in to our one-of-a-kind microgravity chairs to experience the sensation of working in a frictionless environment.

*Height/weight restrictions apply. Specific activities vary by team.


Mars Base 1 

Campers will complete a variety of activities on the Red Planet.* In the Base Operations Center, campers will work together to sustain the health and safety of the Base following the crash landing of an uncrewed supply ship. In the Engineering Lab they will program and operate a swarm of robots to clear debris from solar panels, generating power for the base. In our Botany Lab, campers will learn to grow vegetables using indoor gardening techniques.

*Specific activities vary by team.


Low-Earth Orbit

Campers will explore the many different programs NASA and its partners have created to allow humanity to live and work in the space closest to Earth. To gain a better understanding of NASA’s ongoing commitment to both environmental stewardship and global technology, campers will participate in guided interactive explorations, scavenger hunts, STEM challenges and simulators. Some of the activity areas* include the Rocket Garden, Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted, NASA Now, Shuttle Launch Experience® and the exhibits in Space Shuttle Atlantis®. Campers will also have the opportunity to meet a veteran astronaut.

*Weather and operations schedules permitting. Specific activities vary by team.


To the Moon and Beyond

Campers will explore the many different programs NASA and its partners have created to allow humanity to move beyond Earth’s gravity into deep space. They will board KSC buses to visit the area surrounding the launch pads, including a stop at the Vehicle Assembly Building (outside areas only).* They will also visit the Apollo/Saturn V Center for shows and activities in the facility.

*Weather and operations schedules permitting. Specific activities vary by team.


Engineering Design Challenges

Campers will complete several hands-on engineering design challenges appropriate to their grade level. After receiving basic instruction in one or more engineering principles, campers will work in teams to follow the Engineering Design Process (ask, imagine, plan, create, test, improve) to solve each of their assigned challenges. Specific challenges vary from year to year and team to team.


STEM Challenges

Campers will complete a variety of challenges requiring teamwork and one or more STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Specific challenges vary from year to year and from team to team.


Please note: Kennedy Space Center is a working launch facility with many security restrictions – activities may be changed without notice due to launch schedules and daily operations.

Camp Kennedy Space Center

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Mars Base 1

Space Chase! Explore & Learn
Screenshots of Space Chase! app

Space Chase! Explore & Learn

Challenge students with engaging questions and fantastic images during three different missions!

  • Space Chase! is available for free in the app stores. Download it before your visit!
  • Begin this educational experience in the classroom or at home with thought provoking challenges.
  • Continue your journey while exploring three main attractions at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
  • Complete a final mission after your visit to further expand your future space explorer’s new knowledge.