APPROACHES TO PROBLEM SOLVING
GRADES 4 5 6 7 8
Explore the world of extraordinary personas with real-world problems. Students will use empathy and their imaginations to solve challenges before designing and building prototypes of their solutions. This session will challenge them to use design thinking processes to develop skills as a designer, inventor, maker, architect, engineer, and more.
This 90-minute program has an additional $4/person fee.
FROM DREAM TO DISCOVERY: INSIDE NASA ENGINEERING
GRADES 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Experience the challenges of the next generation of space exploration in this immersive program in the Acheson Planetarium. By using exciting real-life projects like NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and the New Horizons mission to Pluto, the show highlights the extreme nature of spacecraft engineering and the life cycle of a space mission—from design and construction to the rigors of testing, launch, and operations. Blast off and take the voyage with us! This program also contains an interactive segment that allows participants to assist in the design of a virtual space mission.
From Dream to Discovery is made possible by the generous support of the Baiardi Family Foundation.
This program takes place in the Acheson Planetarium.
FROM LEVERS TO LIFT OFF
GRADES 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12+
Students will embark on a journey of discovery and investigation to help them better understand how humanity achieved incredible engineering feats using imagination and know-how. This education-focused program explores many of humanity’s engineering accomplishments throughout recorded history. This exciting program explains each STEM focus area through real-world applications – from development of the simple lever and the catastrophic power of medieval siege engines to space flight.
From Levers to Lift-off is made possible by the generous support of the Baiardi Family Foundation.
This program takes place in the Acheson Planetarium and other demonstration areas. It requires an additional $5/person.
GRADES 5 6 7 8
Learn about one of NASA's greatest problem-solving moments when engineers fit a "square peg into a round hole" and saved the Apollo 13 crew. Test problem-solving skills by assembling a track to guide a ball around obstacles and across a board using a limited set of tools. This program emphasizes engineering skills and out-of-the-box thinking.