Young Astronaut Day

Source: NASA

Young Astronaut Day is a STEM outreach event for students in grades 1-12.  Every year since 1992, NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH hosts students from grades 1st-12th to compete in hands-on activities related to engineering problem solving. These range from pasta towers and egg drops to lego robots. The activities vary from year to year and all have an aerospace theme. Ribbons are awarded to the top three teams of each activity.  During the day, the students also engage in the ‘Canstruction®’ community service activity.  In partnership with Herschman Architects, the students assemble an aerospace themed structure (like the space shuttle or Curiosity rover) out of donated canned foods. The day long activity includes a presentation from a NASA astronaut and a STEM competition. 

Upcoming Event

The 26th Annual Young Astronaut Day is planned for:


Saturday November 2, 2019
At the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH 


Two Sessions :

Morning Session: 8:00am - Noon 

Afternoon Session: 1:30pm - 5:30pm 



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Photo Credit: NASA/ Marv Smith

Event Details


Registration Guide:

  •  Registration is limited to 30 teams of students in the morning and 30 teams of students in the afternoon. 
  • Lottery system will be used to determine participating teams. During the entry period an electronic form will be available for teams to enter. Please note that an entry does not guarantee your session preference or participation. An entry will go towards one of the 60 spots available to participate.  
  • Schools/ Organizations that would like to enter to participate in YAD2019 must submit an entry into the YAD lottery. Entries will open August 2019! 
  • The lottery drawing will be held in September 2019. An e-mail will be sent out to all the winners with registration info. 
  • Teams that did not win a registration spot will be put on a wait list.

Event Details:

  • [New 2018] Only one team of up to 6 students plus 3 adults per school/ organization per division (i.e. a school can have one team in each division). There will be three divisions (1st-4th grade, 5th-8th grade, and 9th-12th grade)
  • The event will be run in two sessions. The morning session will be from 8:30am to noon, with team packet pickup starting at 8:00am. The afternoon session will be from 2:00pm to 5:30pm, with packet pickup starting at 1:30pm.
  • Schools/ Organizations that would like to enter to participate in YAD2018 must submit an entry into the YAD lottery. 
  • All registration forms, photo release forms, and registration fees will be due by October 12, 2018. No at the door registrations or payment.
  • Once registered you may pay online. The link will be e-mailed to you. 
  • All students and chaperones must be US citizens. You will be required to submit names of each student, chaperone, and one driver. No last minute substitutions will be allowed.
  • [New for 2018] Parents are not permitted to drop students off at NASA. Only students, three adults that are on the event list, will be permitted to enter the Center. The adults can include 3 chaperones or two chpaeones  and one driver.  
  • The registration for each student and chaperone is $10.
  •  Snacks will be provided and are included in your registration fee. 
  • Registration fee also includes the canned food donations for the Canstruction event. Teams are encouraged to bring additional canned food donations.

If you have any question regarding registration please contact youngastronautday@gmail.com or 216.433.3115.