There are currently four hands-on stations at the Encounter:
- Students experience basic concepts in the area of physics in an interactive and fun hands-on way.
- Space Science - Physics concepts that are important for space travel
- Orbital Chair - Shows the importance of orbital mechanics
- Momentum Machine - Shows the Conservation of Angular Momentum
- Gyro Chair - Demonstrates how gyroscopes work
- Students will explore the principles of flight, learn about wind tunnels, and simulate being an Air Traffic Controller.
- Aeronautics - How NASA scientists and engineers design aircraft
- The Four Forces on an Airplane - Weight, lift, thrust and drag
- Wind Tunnels - Tour of a retired one and hands-on learning
- Air Traffic Controller - Computer simulated activity
- Students have the opportunity to see themselves in the roles of astronauts, engineers, and research scientists on a simulated space mission performing a variety of tasks and experiments.
- Students work with scientific information gathered from space missions and high altitude flights to better understand our planet.
- Mission Control - Students support the space station mission and use information to study the Earth.
- Remote Sensing - Pictures taken from high altitude flights are used to study the Earth and its environment.
- Lunar Geology - An Apollo glovebox is used to study simulated moon rocks.
Visiting student groups are fourth, fifth and sixth graders.