Introduction

    Inspire the nation’s future explorers by joining NASA and the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, or PCPFS, in a variety of exciting physical and hands-on activities to encourage students to train like an astronaut!

    Fit Kids balancing on a solar array of the ISS. Fit Kids balancing on a solar array of the ISS. Credit: NASADeveloped in cooperation with NASA scientists and fitness professionals working directly with astronauts, the Fit Explorer Project is a physical and inquiry-based approach to human health and fitness on Earth and in space. Students in grades 3-5 can participate in physical activities modeled after the real-life physical requirements of humans traveling in space. Future space explorers can experience a simulated walk to their “base station”, learn how astronauts coordinate muscle movement for a space walk, and practice post-mission activities to improve balance. Students will record their personal progress in their Mission Journals and earn points in the Fit Explorer Challenge while working with their crew members to progress through levels.

    In the Fit Explorer Project, you can involve your students in structured, hands-on science activities that relate physical Earth-based needs to the requirements of exploring space and assist students in gaining additional understanding of the science behind nutrition and physical fitness.

    NASA’s Fit Explorer uses the excitement of exploration to challenge students to set physical fitness and research goals, practice physical fitness activities, and research proper nutrition, to enable each child to aspire to become our next generation of Fit Explorers!

    When students are engaged in the Fit Explorer Project, they will:

    -- Set goals and challenge themselves, as well as other students in the Fit Explorer Challenge.

    -- Practice physical activities as they train like an astronaut with Mission Handouts.

    -- Make observations on physical improvements, research fitness and exploration topics, and log their goals in a Mission Journal.

    -- Learn about the Science of Physical Activity and the Science of Nutrition through hands-on activities.

    -- Find Fit Explorer Partners in physical fitness and nutrition education.

    Important! Students should have proper medical clearance on record before participating in any kind of physical activity program.

Related Links

  • STS-118 Education Page

    See other educational opportunities associated with the STS-118 mission and the flight of the first Educator Astronaut.

  • Space Exploration

    Learn about America's plan to explore the moon, Mars and beyond.

  • Train Like an Astronaut Videos

    View the NEW videos on the recently updated Train Like an Astronaut Mission Handout pages!

Related Sites

  • 21st Century Explorer Program  →

    NASA’s Vision for Space Exploration depends on our students, the next generation of space explorers.

    NASA's 21st Century Explorer is a 3rd-5th grade standards-based program that uses the web, animation, and video to introduce science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and NASA space exploration concepts.