NASA Youth Space Challenge Toronto

Robots, rockets, and space—oh my!

Over 60 youth showed up at the 2015 event to learn about and explore the world through NASA's Space Apps Toronto Youth Program. Sign up for the newsletter below to get advance notice and more info on next year's event, and other fun activities!

2015 Activities

Hotpop Robot

Stars are very far away, but astronomers can learn a lot about them from their light. Kids will be able to make their own spectroscope from simple materials and study spectrums of different bright objects.

Hotpop Robot

Kids will also learn more about the Saturn V / Apollo 11 launch which put Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin on the Moon on July 20, 1969 through an interactive control panel. Kids can take part in the countdown to lift-off.

Kids Learning Code: Making Space Badges!

Kids will create space-themed images using the web-based Pixlr program and craft supplies. They will then bring them to life, making a pin-on badge with a button-press!

Meet the Aliens with Meat Locker Editions!

Go out of this world with your imagination and create your very own space creature, or rocket into your own space adventure by creating a zine, chapbook, or comic strip.

Kids Learning Code: Learn to code!

Using Tumblr, a popular blogging platform, kids will craft a short post about "what they love about technology and space" within an HTML template. The blog will be published on a rolling basis throughout the day, resulting in an exciting demonstration of the kids perceptions of technology and space!

Logics Academy ($20)

A pencil with a built in speaker that changes pitch based on resistance!!? Students will surely enjoy building this novel ohm meter themselves and using it for tests. Among other things, the pencil allows students to create a hand drawn working piano, be challenged to play songs, and use their bodies as a real electric circuit.

Learn to program a robot for space exploration!

STEAMLabs will be bringing 6 Mimetics Jade Robots that you will use to complete challenges such as navigating the surface of Mars, retrieving a rock sample, and using a spectrometer to identify what it's made of. This is a great introduction for kids of all ages to robotics programming - follow up with Arduino Robotics camps and workshops at STEAMLabs!

2015 Host Sponsors

2015 Attending Organizations

2015 Community Supporters

Hive Toronto

2015 Organizers

James Costa

Laura Plant

Melissa Sariffodeen