1st-Grade Students Virtually Visit NASA

Posted 4/29/2021


Our kids are going to the moon! Well... virtually still counts right?
Students watch a video from NASA
Earlier this week, first-grade students took a virtual visit to NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration through the Ames Exploration Encounter (AEE) program. AEE is a unique educational program designed to inspire positive attitudes about science, technology, engineering, and math for all students in 1st through 6th grade!

Located in a renovated 6x6 supersonic wind tunnel at NASA Ames Research Center, the Ames Exploration Encounter Virtual Expedition is an interactive virtual program designed to stir young people’s imagination and fuel their enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


Students experience STEM and come to realize its connection to their lives:


  1. Exploring Physics - Students experience basic concepts in the area of physics in an interactive and fun way.
  • Space Science - Physics concepts that are important for space travel​.
  1. Wind Tunnels – Exploring the wind tunnels of Ames Research Center.
  • Aeronautical Engineering – Investigate the aeronautics of wind tunnels.
  1. The International Space Station – Students have the opportunity to imagine themselves in the roles of astronauts, engineers, and research scientists. 
  • Astrobiology – Learn the effects of space on the human body!
  1. History of Space– Students learn about past missions and imagine their own.
  • Expedition Activity – Create a personalized mission patch to commemorate your NASA virtual expedition.
  1. Test your Knowledge – Post-expedition, students will have the opportunity to put what they’ve learned to a test!


Student in pink shirt draws with a yellow crayon on white paper.Teacher in grey sweatshirt sits with student with a pink shirt points to a grey computer.Students in green chairs look up at the screen of the moon.