Soar Together @ Air and Space: Exploring Other Worlds
February 12 and 13, 2021
Our February monthly program is about exploring other worlds and discovering more about this one! Programs and activities will highlight our latest exploration on Mars and contemplate other worlds in the universe. Learners will gain an understanding of the support needed for living on an inhospitable planet and consider what type of world they want to live in through discussions, dance, and more!
Presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
- Dancing the Milky Way
- Virtual Scavenger Hunts
- Designing a Deep Dive into Mars
- Postcards to Space
- Astronomy Guide for YOU!
- Mo the Mars Man Flights of Fancy Story Time
- Additional Resources
This program is part of the Soar Together @ Air and Space series.
In this free interactive session, discover how we can turn data collected from space, usually viewed as colors in an image, into sound and body movement! Join Center for Astrophysics’ scientist Kim Arcand and Local Motion Project’s dance artist Kylie Murray as they team up to get virtual visitors out of their seats to explore the stars, dust clouds, and the energy of the Milky Way! Register in advance for this dazzling activity or click this link to join the program at 1 pm on Friday, February 12.
In these free virtual scavenger hunts, taking place on Friday and Saturday, you will discover the various aspects of exploring Mars, Perseverance, and stories about the people behind the mission through trivia and activities! This program will utilize the GooseChase app.
Participants can join these free activities by following four simple steps!
- Download the GooseChase iOS or Android app.
- Choose to play as a guest or register for a personal account with a username and password of your choice.
- Search for the game!
- To join the game at 2 pm on Friday, February 12, search game code X38WXM.
- To Join the game at 1 pm on Saturday, February 13, search game code 5DRX3Q.
- Follow the prompts to select or create your team.
Available starting Friday, February 12
How can we explore extreme environments like Mars? Using Earth's deep seas as an example, let's explore how different organisms have evolved to live and thrive in extreme conditions - such as environments that introduce high pressure, low light, low oxygen, or exposure to intense heat and harsh chemicals. In this activity, we’ll challenge YOU to design a human-piloted craft or spacesuit to overcome the harsh environment of Mars and safely explore its surface.
To begin, explore the Smithsonian resource on designing a deep dive and video on getting started. Then, check out the video below where team members from the Explainers at the National Air and Space Museum and Q?Crew members from the National Museum of Natural History share their thoughts and designs to inspire your creations! Be sure to share your design by emailing it to the NASM team! Check out the Teacher Instructional Guide and the Design Together Caregiver Guide for more information.
How Did You Do?
Our team members share their thoughts and designs.
Do you want to send a message - to space? In this activity, the National Air and Space Museum, in collaboration with Blue Origin, has created an opportunity for virtual visitors to fill out a postcard that will be sent to space and returned to Earth! Participants will have an opportunity to share their visions about potential futures on our planet and the kind of world you would like your future family to live on. Here's how to get involved in this out-of-this-world activity!
- Print the postcard (or you can use any 4" x 6" card) and share your visions about potential futures on our planet and the kind of world you would like your future family to live on.
- Follow the mailing instructions for getting your postcard safely to space.
- The last part is easy - just wait! Your postcard will come back to Earth...and to you!
With a whole universe of places to explore, where do you begin? Wonder about astronomy together using this Smithsonian guide for explorers of all ages. Included are questions to ask, resources to explore, tips, and more! Dive into the sky and learn how astronomy is for everyone!
Looking to learn more about life on Mars? Tune in to our Live Chat: What Mars Reveals about Life in Our Universe. Virtual visitors will join experts from the National Air and Space Museum and National Museum of Natural History to hear about what we know about life on Earth and in the universe.
Gather your little ones for story time with the National Air and Space Museum's Flights of Fancy! In this special story time, let your youngest explorers tune into Flights of Fancy for a kid’s perspective of Mars and make a mini-sandbox to explore!
What you'll need for the activity: plastic food containers (recycled!), sand or corn meal, corn starch, and water.
Find more free resources on the Red Planet by visiting NASA's Mars Exploration Program. You'll find an abundance of in-depth information, interactive learning materials, and the latest rover activity once Perseverance lands on Thursday, February 18.
Soar Together @ Air and Space is made possible by the generous support of