Elementary School Programs

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NYCCSSE offers space programs for elementary school students in 2nd though 5th grade and aviation programs for 5th grade students. Each program is two hours long. Classes can come for one program (a half day) or combine two programs (a full day).

Jr. Space Explorers (Kindergarten and 1st grade)

How do we explore space? Students use critical thinking skills to investigate basic science and math concepts while learning about NASA's programs in our spacecraft, Space Shuttle simulators, and Mission Control room. 

Jr. Aviators (2nd grade)

How do airplanes fly? Students investigate the four forces that guide the science of aviation using experiential activities, model planes, and flight simulators. 
This program is aligned with the Forces and Motion unit of the NYC Science Scope & Sequence.

Astronaut Adventures (2nd and 3rd grade)

What is it like to live and work on the International Space Station? Students learn about the life of an astronaut through hands-on activities and interactive experiences in our spacecraft, Space Shuttle simulator, and Mission Control room.

Space Mission: Comet (5th grade)

In this simulated space mission, students learn to work as astronauts onboard our spacecraft and Flight Controllers in Mission Control as they conduct scientific experiments, maintain safe living conditions and search the starfields in the solar system to locate and study a comet.
*Please note that we do not currently offer Space Mission: Comet for 4th grade classes.

Toys in Space (4th and 5th grade)

Is it possible to jump rope in space? Have your students discover how objects behave in zero-G. After experiencing how toys work on Earth, students predict how they will behave in space and then observe astronauts using the same toys. We recommend combining this program with a Challenger mission to make a full day space experience. 

Aeronautics: Variables (5th grade)

Can your students make an FPG-9 pitch up and yaw left? In our NASA Aerospace Education Lab they’ll learn the language of pilots and the basics of airplane flight using model airplanes, NASA designed software and flight simulators. 

Astronaut or Pilot Training Programs (12:1 and 12:1:1)

NYCCSSE is an experiential, hands-on learning center and our programs are adaptable to most special needs populations. Our facility is wheelchair accessible. It should be noted that some of our programs do have bright flashing lights and loud sounds.


Astronaut Training and Aviation Training Programs are specifically geared towards 12:1 and 12:1:1 populations. We work with individual teachers to create a program that is just right for their students. Contact Peter Giles at pgiles@schools.nyc.gov or 212-608-6164 (ext. 111) for more information.