High School Programs

NYCCSSE offers space and aviation experiences for high school students studying Earth Science and Physics. Each experience is two hours long. Classes can come for one program (a half day) or combine two programs (a full day).

Earth Science

Space Mission: Comet

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.

Space Mission: Mars

After nine months in space, student astronauts are on final approach to Mars, where they will take the role of student Flight Controllers at Mars’ Mission Control.  Teams must work together to track the weather on Mars, determine the best landing area, and make sure their mission is a success.

Space Mission: Earth Odyssey

Student astronauts onboard the Space Station and Flight Controllers in Mission Control use remote sensing to collect data about how Earth systems are being affected by human activity such as changes in land use and increases in carbon dioxide levels. This space mission focuses on climate change, with content aligned with the Human Impact on the Environment unit on the Grade 8 NYC Science Scope & Sequence and Regents Earth Science.

Aeronautics: Weather

Why can it be dangerous to fly when the weather is bad? Students learn the basics of airplane flight and explore how weather affects flight by using a wind tunnel, model airplanes, and flight simulators.


Aeronautics: Forces and Motion

How do airplanes use the air we breathe to lift them off the ground? Have your students find out as they learn the basics of airplane flight and explore the four forces on an airplane by using flight simulators, a wind tunnel and model airplanes. Students should already have a basic understanding of force diagrams before coming for this program. 

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.