Space Science for Kids: International Space Station

Kids (grades K-5), please join us for our next Space Science for Kids event to learn about the International Space Station!

Sign up for our Space Science for Kids program on Tuesday, February 1 at 4pm. Registration is required for this private Zoom event.

The International Space Station (or ISS) turns 21 years old this month (February, 2022). The ISS orbits the Earth at almost 250 miles up, and travels at around 17,000 miles per hour. This means it travels around the Earth about once every ninety minutes!

Scientists on the International Space Station run experiments that can only be done in space. These include researching future space travel and biology in space, discovering new materials, and technology experiments. They also observe and study the Earth and objects in outer space.

In our event, we’ll learn about the station’s growth and its research. We’ll think about what kind of research we would do if we were to go to the station and create a mission patch for our own imaginary trip to the ISS. You’ll want to have paper and coloring supplies handy.

Learn more about the International Space Station using these resources, available using your Spokane Public Library card:

hoopla eBook: International Space Station eBook by Julie Murray. Learn all about its construction, updates throughout the years, the people who work on it, and its uses. Part of the Super Structures series.

hoopla eBook: International Space Station eBook by Kirsten Larson. An in-depth overview of the engineering processes involved in constructing the international space station. Part of the Engineering Wonders series.

Book: Who walks in space? : Working in Space by Linda Tagliaferro. Find out what types of daring and important jobs you could do in space, from commanding spacecrafts, to fixing equipment, to conducting research.

To find out when and where you can observe the ISS in the night sky, visit Spot The Station | NASA. Finally, you might enjoy this downloadable and printable ISS activity book from NASA.