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List of space activities and fun experiments to do in the classroom, with youth groups and at home.
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Astrobot

Join the Astrobot Challenge! Make a robotic arm while learning programming and using your creativity.

This activity was developed by our collaborators at Zone01 Robotics.

  • Science and technology
  • Robotics
  • Coding
  • Engineering
6 to 9 2 Moderate 1 to 4 × 45 minutes 2 Minimal

A map that's out of this world!

This giant map offers a unique view of Canada. Discover how Earth observation satellite data can provide a deeper understanding of the land, oceans and the diverse population of Canada.

This activity was developed in collaboration with Canadian Geographic Education and the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.

  • Science and technology
  • Geography
  • Environment
6 to 9 2 Moderate 90 minutes 3 Moderate

Are You Ready to Rock?

You've landed on the Moon with your crew. Now it's time to collect some rocks for science! Work together to move across the lunar surface and collect samples to bring back to your Moon base.

This activity was developed in collaboration with the Personnel Support Programs of the Canadian Forces Welfare Morale Services and reviewed by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

  • Fitness and nutrition
  • Health
6 to 9 2 Moderate 20-25 minutes 3 Moderate

Close Encounters of the Tasty Kind

Let your senses guide you! Evaluate different foods to see if they would qualify to bring on a space mission.

This activity was reviewed by Health Canada, Aurora College and the Saskatchewan Science Centre.

Curriculum alignment: Science (grades 6); Health (grades 6, 8).

  • Fitness and nutrition
  • Health
6 to 9 1 Easy 60 minutes 3 Moderate

Commander's Log: Recording Your Meals

Astronauts must make healthy eating choices aboard the International Space Station, so they track what they eat. Record your meals like an astronaut to discover your eating habits.

This activity was reviewed by Health Canada and Aurora College.

Curriculum alignment: Health (grades 6, 8).

  • Fitness and nutrition
  • Health
6 to 9 2 Moderate 15 minutes + homework 2 Minimal

Deep-Space Diplomacy

There are many sides to deep-space exploration. Time to investigate and debate!

  • Teamwork and communication
6 to 9 2 Moderate 85 minutes 2 Minimal

Dragons' Den

You have a great idea that could improve space exploration. Pitch your invention to a panel of experts and convince them to invest in you.

This activity was reviewed by the Saskatchewan Science Centre.

  • Teamwork and communication
6 to 9 2 Moderate 90 minutes 2 Minimal

False Alarm

An alarm is sounding on the International Space Station. Luckily, it's a false alarm, but your crew must work to shut it off. It is a physically and mentally demanding task!

This activity was developed in collaboration with the Personnel Support Programs of the Canadian Forces Welfare Morale Services and reviewed by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

  • Fitness and nutrition
  • Health
6 to 9 1 Easy 30-35 minutes 3 Moderate

First Steps: Training for Space

Try this test of physical fitness based on the one used during Canada's Astronaut Recruitment Campaign. You will need balance, strength and endurance to complete this activity.

This activity was developed in collaboration with the Personnel Support Programs of the Canadian Forces Welfare Morale Services and reviewed by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

  • Fitness and nutrition
  • Health
6 to 9 2 Moderate 30-45 minutes 2 Minimal

Healthy Meals in Microgravity

Have you every wondered what types of food are on the International Space Station? Plan a healthy meal for an astronaut using the Canada's Food Guide.

This activity was reviewed by Health Canada and Aurora College.

Curriculum alignment: Health (grades 6, 8).

  • Fitness and nutrition
  • Health
6 to 9 1 Easy 45 minutes 2 Minimal

Hovercraft Launch

Construct your own hovercraft while learning about force and the principles of motion.

  • Science and technology
  • Engineering
6 to 9 2 Moderate 50-100 minutes 3 Moderate

How Old Are You on Mars?

Try this introductory coding activity – no previous experience required! All you need is a web browser to determine how old you are on another planet.

  • Science and technology
  • Coding
6 to 9 2 Moderate 50 minutes 2 Minimal

Interplanetary Farming

Growing crops can be a challenge, especially in space. Learn what types of food would best suit farming on the International Space Station, the Moon, and Mars.

This activity was reviewed by Health Canada and Aurora College.

Curriculum alignment: Science (grade 6).

  • Fitness and nutrition
  • Health
  • Agriculture
  • Natural science
6 to 9 2 Moderate 100 minutes 4 Substantial

ISS Ingredients: Reading Food Labels

Daily values, percentages, nutrition – it's all a part of being a healthy astronaut! Learn how to read food labels and make informed choices as a junior astronaut – and in your daily life too!

This activity was reviewed by Health Canada and Aurora College.

Curriculum alignment: Health (grades 6, 8).

  • Fitness and nutrition
  • Health
6 to 9 2 Moderate 65-75 minutes 2 Minimal

Journey to the Surface of the Earth

Returning to gravity after a long-duration space mission is physically demanding. You and your crew will perform this fitness test to simulate an astronaut's arrival back on Earth.

This activity was developed in collaboration with the Personnel Support Programs of the Canadian Forces Welfare Morale Services and reviewed by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

  • Fitness and nutrition
  • Health
6 to 9 3 Difficult 20-25 minutes 3 Moderate

Keeping Food Safe on Earth and in Space

Learn how to keep food safe during production, processing, distribution and preparation – and why this is important in space too!

This activity was reviewed by Health Canada and Aurora College.

Curriculum alignment: Science (grade 6, 9); Science (secondary cycle 1 QC); Health (grade 9).

  • Fitness and nutrition
  • Health
6 to 9 2 Moderate 85 minutes 2 Minimal

Living Space

Investigate your living space and learn how environmental monitoring can help improve physical and mental health on Earth and in space.

This activity was developed by our collaborators at Let's Talk Science.

  • Science and technology
  • Coding
  • Health
6 to 9 2 Moderate Four to eight 50-minute classes 5 Varies depending on lesson

Lunar Rescue

One of your crewmembers needs help on the lunar surface. Work together to rescue your crew and return them to safety.

This activity was developed in collaboration with the Personnel Support Programs of the Canadian Forces Welfare Morale Services and reviewed by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

  • Fitness and nutrition
  • Health
6 to 9 2 Moderate 25-30 minutes 2 Minimal

Lunar Resupply Mission

Build a lunar lander to send supplies to the Moon. Design, budget, build, and test your lander to safely deliver a payload to the Moon.

This activity was developed in collaboration with Brilliant Labs.

  • Science and technology
  • Engineering
6 to 9 2 Moderate 2.5 hours 4 Substantial

Mars Base: Now Accepting Applications

Interview for a job at the new Mars base. Prove your position is critical to help out and make a difference on the red planet.

  • Teamwork and communication
6 to 9 2 Moderate 1.5 hours 3 Moderate

Master Chef: Mars

Create a snack for a mission to Mars. Learn the requirements for food sent on long-duration missions and considerations such as texture, weight, and, of course, taste!

This activity was reviewed by Health Canada and Aurora College.

Curriculum alignment: Science (grade 6); Health (grades 6, 8).

  • Fitness and nutrition
  • Health
6 to 9 2 Moderate 4.5 hours 3 Moderate

Night at the Space Museum

You are the head of a museum in outer space. What is your exhibit about? What objects do you have on display? Learn about space heritage objects while creating your very own exhibit.

  • Teamwork and communication
6 to 9 2 Moderate 2.5 hours + homework 3 Moderate

O Canada! Food on the International Space Station

Learn about popular foods from all over Canada. Choose a specific dish to send to the International Space Station.

This activity was reviewed by Health Canada and Aurora College.

Curriculum alignment: Geography (grade 8).

  • Fitness and nutrition
  • Health
6 to 9 2 Moderate 105 minutes 2 Minimal

Operation: Negotiation

International collaboration on space projects is essential. As a delegate from a fictional country, you will negotiate with other representatives to fund missions that meet your priorities.

  • Teamwork and communication
6 to 9 3 Difficult several hours (can be separated over a few days) 2 Minimal

Patch Maker, Patch Maker, Make Me a Patch

Every Canadian Space Agency astronaut has an individual and crew mission patch. In this activity you will create an individual patch, and collaborate with a group to create a patch that represents your collective interests and values.

  • Teamwork and communication
  • Art
6 to 9 1 Easy 1.5 hours 3 Moderate

Piloting Practice

Help your team members successfully navigate through a series of instructions to pilot your spacecraft to the correct destination.

This activity was developed in collaboration with the Personnel Support Programs of the Canadian Forces Welfare Morale Services and reviewed by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

  • Fitness and nutrition
  • Health
6 to 9 1 Easy 20 minutes 3 Moderate

Return and Reconditioning

Once an astronaut returns from space, their job is not done! Astronauts must undergo reconditioning for at least three weeks. Track your exercise, sleep and screen time, and see where you can improve.

This activity was reviewed by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

  • Fitness and nutrition
  • Health
6 to 9 2 Moderate 30 minutes of class time + homework 2 Minimal

Searching for Life Beyond Earth

The truth is out there! Formulate a hypothesis about life on other planets. Learn more about the scientific method and its uses.

  • Science and technology
6 to 9 2 Moderate 2 hours 3 Moderate

Soaring in Space with Canada's Food Guide

Use the Canada's Food Guide to plan a meal for astronauts aboard the International Space Station and learn about healthy eating on Earth.

This activity was reviewed by Health Canada and Aurora College.

Curriculum alignment: Science (grades 6); Health (grades 6, 8).

  • Fitness and nutrition
  • Health
6 to 9 2 Moderate 70 minutes 3 Moderate

Space Jam! An Astronaut Lunch

Time to eat like an astronaut! Create a meal from food items commonly used on the International Space Station.

This activity was reviewed by Health Canada, Aurora College and the Big Little Science Centre.

Curriculum alignment: Health (grades 6, 8).

  • Fitness and nutrition
  • Health
6 to 9 1 Easy 60-70 minutes 3 Moderate

Space Repairs (Even Astronauts Have Chores!)

The treadmill on the International Space Station is broken! Your crew must work together to fix this critical piece of equipment.

This activity was developed in collaboration with the Personnel Support Programs of the Canadian Forces Welfare Morale Services and reviewed by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

  • Fitness and nutrition
  • Health
6 to 9 1 Easy 30 minutes 2 Minimal

Survivor: Moon

Do you know what it takes to survive on the Moon? In this activity you will prioritize items your crew needs to return safely to your lunar base.

  • Teamwork and communication
6 to 9 2 Moderate 90 minutes 2 Minimal

Take Me Home, Martian Roads

Work together to collect samples on Mars. Use creative thinking, problem solving and communication to achieve your goal.

  • Teamwork and communication
6 to 9 1 Easy 35 minutes 2 Minimal

These Boots are Made for Spacewalking

This activity can be done in two different ways – on land or in a pool. Learn how astronauts must perform complex mental and physical tasks when they execute a spacewalk.

This activity was developed in collaboration with the Personnel Support Programs of the Canadian Forces Welfare Morale Services and reviewed by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

  • Fitness and nutrition
  • Health
6 to 9 2 Moderate 45 minutes 3 Moderate

Trading Spaces: Living and Eating Off Earth

An introductory lesson to life on the International Space Station. Learn how daily life changes when astronauts live and work in microgravity.

This activity was reviewed by Health Canada and Aurora College.

Curriculum alignment: Science (grades 6, 9); Science (elementary cycle 3 QC).

  • Fitness and nutrition
  • Health
6 to 9 1 Easy 40 minutes 2 Minimal

Under (Air) pressure: Bernoulli's Principle

Discover the force that makes planes fly and learn about the scientific method.

This activity was developed by our collaborators at Cosmodôme.

  • Science and technology
6 to 9 1 Easy 60 minutes 4 Substantial

Moving and working in space

Astronauts require a tether as a safety measure to keep anchored while they complete manual tasks during spacewalks. Test your skills while working as an astronaut!

  • Teamwork and communication
  • Science and technology
6 to 12 2 Moderate 120 minutes 4 Substantial

Tomatosphere

Investigate the effects of outer space on seed germination with your class. Tomatosphere™ is a hands-on program that builds scientific inquiry and experimentation skills.

This activity is coordinated by our collaborators at Let's Talk Science.

  • Science and technology
  • Agriculture
  • Natural science
  • Environment
0 K to 12 2 Moderate Days 3 Moderate

AstroPi

Develop your own code and it may run on the Space Station! Two different complexity levels make Astro Pi accessible to students with or without coding experience.

This activity is offered to Canadian students thanks to the European Space Agency (AstroPi) and Kids Code Jeunesse.

  • Coding
0 K to 12 4 Varying Varying 2 Minimal

Space gardener: comparing plant root growth

Demonstrate how the nutrient density of soil changes the size and shape of plant roots.

  • Environment
  • Natural science
  • Agriculture
6 to 12 1 Easy Days 3 Moderate

Creating Moon craters

Recreate the craters on the Moon by identifying and exploring their size, ejecta, and characteristics. Investigate how these craters are formed by a meteorite that impacts the Moon based on mass, velocity, angle and height.

  • Science and technology
  • Environment
3 to 6 1 Easy 30 minutes 3 Moderate

Invent a water recovery system for a lunar space station

With your team, develop a water recovery system for the upcoming Lunar Gateway. You will need to think of the materials to use to build a system to recycle, reuse or filter water as efficiently as possible.

  • Science and technology
  • Teamwork and communication
  • Environment
3 to 8 1 Easy 30-45 minutes 2 Minimal

Build a Spacesuit

Ever wondered what it is like to be wearing an astronaut spacesuit? Build similar components than the ones on an actual astronaut's spacesuit.

  • Science and technology
4 to 9 1 Easy 45-60 minutes 3 Moderate

Build your own projector to watch solar eclipses safely

An eclipse projector provides the ability to safely view the Sun during a solar eclipse. Build your own!

  • Science and technology
0 K to 12 1 Easy 30 minutes 2 Minimal

Launch Your First Homemade Rocket

This activity will demonstrate how a rocket is propelled upwards. Lift-off!

  • Science and technology
4 to 8 1 Easy 50 minutes 2 Minimal

Measure the effect of gravity on your height

Did you know we get shorter by the end of the day? This is because of gravity and impacts us everyday and we do not even realize it! Discover the impacts of gravity on your height by this simple measuring activity.

  • Science and technology
0 K to 12 1 Easy 1 day 2 Minimal

Throw your own asteroids to see how craters are formed!

Build mini-asteroids and see how impact craters are formed on the Earth's surface!

  • Science and technology
  • Environment
  • Art
3 to 6 1 Easy 45 minutes 3 Moderate

Make Your Own Awesome Asteroid

Use sand, clay, and rocks to make your own one-of-a-kind asteroid!

  • Science and technology
  • Art
4 to 9 1 Easy 30 minutes 3 Moderate

Big and Tall or Short and Small?

See how scientists can study the shape of an asteroid using measurements made on Earth.

  • Science and technology
6 to 9 4 Varying 45 minutes 3 Moderate

Asteroid Mystery Box

Learn how astronomers get clues about asteroids from scientific instruments.

  • Science and technology
0 K to 6 1 Easy <30 minutes 2 Minimal

Make your own gooey space slime

Slime helps to see a science reaction in action – and to have fun with the kids!

  • Science and technology
0 K to 12 1 Easy 10-15 minutes 3 Moderate

See why astronauts are taller in space

Discover why astronauts are taller in space.

  • Science and technology
6 to 9 1 Easy 30 minutes 2 Minimal

Exploring Earth

Discover this interactive activity that uses photos taken by CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques from space, photos taken by Dr. Roberta Bondar and images from Earth observation satellites.

  • Science and technology
  • Geography
  • Natural science
  • Environment
  • Geology
  • Weather
0 K to 12 1 Easy Varying 2 Minimal

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