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NASA Wallops Visitor Center - Group Programs
ABOUT OUR GROUP PROGRAMS Return to Visitor Center Site

The NASA Wallops Visitor Center offers fun, interactive educational programs FREE to visiting school/educational and civic groups.  These programs range from special presentations and films, to age-appropriate tours of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility.  A variety of subjects are available, designed to compliment Virginia and Maryland Standards of Learning (listed with each program description).  Only one program will be conducted per group visit.
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Want to schedule a program?
Please contact the Visitor Center a minimum of 4 weeks prior to your visit.  Group programs and tours are scheduled based on availability.

Group Programs Contact:  Jessica Beebe
   > Phone - 757.824.2297
  > Email - Jessica.A.Beebe@nasa.gov

Group Program Scheduling: Shirley Lapole
  > Phone - 757.824.2298
  > Email - Shirley.J.Lapole@nasa.gov 

Teachers!

Read over these helpful guidelines as you plan your field trip:

Guidelines for Scheduling Group Programs

Guidelines for Scheduling Tours

 

AVAILABLE PROGRAMS

Group programs include a visit to the exhibit hall and one of the following program topics.
Locate the age range of your group below for available options:
  

PRE-KINDERGARTEN & KINDERGARTEN


Wonderful Weather

VA: Scientific Investigation  K.1, K.2 Matter K.4 Life Processes K.6 Earth Patterns K.9
MD: PK 1.A.1, PK 1.C.1, PK 2.E.2
NGSS: K-ESS2-1, K-ESS3-2

Students will have fun with weather! They will observe and describe weather using their senses and be able to describe changes in weather such as temperature, precipitation, wind, etc. Students will go on a fun "weather walk" around the Visitor Center to observe actual weather and also investigate seasonal changes around them. They will be able to record their observations after! -30 min

Story Time with Eco the Bat or Amelia the Pigeon

Read along with new friends Eco and Amelia as they teach students about seeing Earth from space. These two programs use comprehensive Earth Science education resources for the introduction of remote sensing and satellite imagery to children through storytelling. This program also has a music and movement component to enhance students’ experience. -30 min

1ST  & 2ND GRADE


Sun-Earth Connections

VA: Earth/Space Science 1.6, Matter 2.3
MD: Science 2nd 2.D.2
NGSS: K-PS3-1, 1-ESS1-2

Why is the Sun so important to life on Earth? Well, let’s find out! We will cover what the sun is made of, how it is a source of energy and light that warms the land, air and water and its position in the solar system and how we see it change in the sky. Students will also get to see experiments that show how the sun changes the state of water. - 45 min

Moon Mania

MD: Science 2.2.D.1
NGSS: 1-ESS1-1

Why does the moon change shape every night? In this program students will learn how the moon was formed, why it changes shape, or phase, and what NASA is doing to study it and why. Astronauts want to return to the moon someday soon, so we will find out what it will take for them to get there and find also investigate what they want to do when they arrive. -45 min 

Our Moving Solar System

VA: Earth/Space Systems 1.6, Force, Motion, and Energy 1.2, Scientific Investigation 1.1
MD: Science 1st 2.D, 2.2.D
NGSS: 1-ESS1-1, 1-ESS1-2

Did you know the solar system is constantly moving? In this program we will describe changes over time in the properties, location and motion of celestial objects. Students will be able to identify, and if possible, record observable properties of the sun, moon and stars. We will also find out why and how the moon phases occur. -45 min

Weather Works

VA: Scientific Investigation 1.1, Earth patterns, Cycles, and Change 1.7
MD: Science 1st 1.A.1, 2.E.1, Interactions of Hydrosphere and Atmosphere 2nd 2.E.1
NGSS: 4-ESS2-2

Let’s learn more about weather! Students will understand the basic types of weather and how it changes. We will look at storms and why measuring, recording and interpreting weather data is so important to scientists. Students will also get the inside scoop on why NOAA uses their big satellite dishes! -45 min 

3RD & 4TH GRADE


Geo Geeks

VA: Earth Resources 4.9
MD: Science 3rd 2.C.1 PLATE TECTONICS
NGSS: 4-ESS2-2

Geology Rocks! This program will familiarize students with their physical environment such as geologic features, hills, valleys, rivers and canyons and how we use satellite imagery to create detailed maps. Students will also see how NASA uses satellite images to study planetary geology and why that helps us better understand the Earth. -45 min

Bizarre Stars

VA: Earth 3.8.A, 4.6 (Space Weather), 4.8
MD: Science 3rd States of Matter 4.C.1, 4th 2.D.1
NGSS: 5-PS2-1, 5-ESS1-1

How bizarre are those stars? Students will investigate stars in a new way by focusing on their differences, life cycles and placement in the universe. We will also find out what shooting stars really are, how you can tell the difference between a star and a planet in the sky and the stories behind constellations. -45 min

The Atmosphere is Everywhere

VA: Earth Patterns, Cycles, and Change 3.9, Earth/Space Science 4.5
MD: Science 3rd 2.E.1, 4th 2.E.2
NGSS: MS-ESS2-4, ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth's Surface Processes

Our atmosphere is here, there and everywhere. The atmosphere might only seem like air, but there is a lot more to it. We will discover what the atmosphere is really made of and why it is one of the main reasons we can live here on Earth. Students will see an experiment where we make our very own mini atmosphere and also understand how water plays a huge part in the atmosphere story. -45 min

5TH & 6TH GRADE


Science Alliance

VA: Living Systems 6.7, Earth Resources 6.9
MD: Science 5th 6.A.1, 6.B.1 & 2, 6th 6.A.1, 6.B.1
NGSS: 5-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-3- Minimize Human Impact 

Students will participate in a spirited debate and become a science alliance to investigate and understand the natural processes and human interactions that affect natural systems. We will discuss current public policy on a range of topics and how the students can become an active part of the scientific community.   -45 min

Solar System

VA: Scientific Investigation, Reasoning and Logic 5.1, Earth/Space Science 6.8
MD: Science 5th 1.A.1, 5th 5.1.D, 5.2.D, 6th 6.1.D
NGSS:  5-PS2-1, MS-ESS1-3, MS-ESS1-2

Eight planets revolve around the sun. How do they differ? Some are made of rock, others of gas. Some have rings, some do not. Do they all have moons? In this program we will look at each planet and learn what makes them all unique. We will also take a look at the satellites studying the planets right now and how NASA and other agencies study our solar system. -60 min 

7TH & 8TH  Grades


Rocketry-Model Rocket Launch

VA: PH.3, PH.4, PH.7, PH.10
NGSS: MS-PS2-2, MS-PS2-4, HS-PS2-3

Let’s learn about Newton’s laws with rockets! Students will get to see a rocket launch from beginning to end and learn what our Range Control Center does to make it all happen. They will discover how rockets are built, tested, launched and tracked from right here at Wallops. They will also learn the physics of launching and how Newton’s Laws are at the center of the action. Students will also get to re-create our Range Control Center on launch day and learn firsthand the important roles our employees play. -60 min

Extreme Weather/NOAA Tour

VA: ES.11, ES.12, PS.2,
MD: Science 7th 6.A.1, 6.B.1, Earth/Space 2.0
NGSS: MS-ESS2-6

What better way to learn about weather than to look to the source? NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is a huge presence here at Wallops and assists meteorologists and weather scientists all over the world. Students will take a look at NOAA’s role and have to opportunity to visit the Wallops NOAA facility. ~90 min *(schedule is negotiable)

Environmental Investigation

VA: ES.2, ES.6, ES.8, L.S. 11
MD:  Goal 3: Concepts of Biology 3.6.1, 3.6.2
NGSS: HS-ESS3-1, HS-ESS3-3, HS-LS2-7

By using scientific investigation students will learn about environmental problems facing our community. This program will integrate guided inquiry studies so students can create their own comparative questions and collaborate to find answers. We will learn about generating hypotheses, collecting relevant evidence, using logical reasoning and using appropriate vocabulary to convey ideas and conclusions. -60 min

WFF Base and Island Tours

Do you know who works for NASA? What does Wallops Launch Facility do? Well, by taking a Wallops Flight Facility Base and/or Island tour you can find out! We schedule engineers, scientists, pilots, staff and more to speak to groups about how rockets are built and tested here, how the Range Control Center operates, what missions our aeronautics pilots and aircrafts are working on and even how our scientific balloon office functions. *(tour length is based on schedule)

9TH – 12TH  Grades


Space Junk

VA: ES.1, ES.6
NGSS: HS-LS2-7, HS-ESS3-1, HS-ESS3-4

How much junk is floating around in space? More than you probably think! We will take a look at how organizations such as the Orbital Debris Program track "space junk" and also how this debris plays a part in rocket launching today. Also, students will investigate human impact on earth, as well as in space, and what effects space junk has on people and the environment. -60 min

Rocketry-Model Rocket Launch

VA: PH.3, PH.4, PH.7, PH.10
NGSS: HS-PS2-3

Let’s learn about Newton’s laws with rockets! Students will get to see view a rocket launch from beginning to end and see what our Range Control Center does to make it all happen. They will discover how rockets are built, tested, launched and tracked from right here at Wallops. They will also learn the physics of launching and how Newton’s Laws are at the center of the action. Students will also get to re-create our Range Control Center on launch day and learn firsthand the important roles our employees play. -60min

Our Place in the Universe

VA: ES. 3, ES.13
MD: Goal 3: Concepts of Biology 3.2.2
NGSS: HS-ESS1-6, HS-ESS1-3

Have you ever heard of the Goldilocks principle? Things are not too hot, not too cold, but just right! Scientists call the area where the Earth is in the solar system the Goldilocks Zone because we are not too far away from the Sun, like Mars and Jupiter, but not too close like Venus. There are many reasons that Earth is the perfect planet for life to have formed, but are there others out there? Could there be other planets just like Earth waiting to be discovered? We will look at our place in the Universe and why Earth is so special or even not so special. -60 min

WFF Base and Island Tours/NOAA

Do you know who works for NASA? What does Wallops Launch Facility do? Well, by taking a Wallops Flight Facility Base and/or Island tour you can find out! We schedule engineers, scientists, pilots, staff and more to speak to groups about how rockets are built and tested here, how the Range Control Center operates, what missions our aeronautics pilots and aircrafts are working on and even how our scientific balloon office functions. *(tour length is based on schedule)

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