• Young Astronaut Day

    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 3, 2018
    At the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH 

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    Registration Guide:

    • [New in 2017] Registration is limited to 30 teams of students in grades 1-6 (Pilots) and 30 teams of students in grades 7-12 (Commanders). 
    • 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. An entry go towards one of the 30 spots available to participate.  
    • Only one team of up to 7 students plus 2 chaperones per school system/ organization per division (i.e. a school can have one team of Pilots and one team of Commanders)
    • Schools/ Organizations that would like to enter to participate in YAD2017 must submit an entry into the YAD lottery. Entries will open in August 2018. 
    • The drawing will be held in September 2018. An e-mail will be sent out to all the winners with registration info. All registration forms, photo release forms, and registration fees will be due by October 12, 2018. No at the door registrations or payment.
    • Teams that did not win a registration spot will be put on a wait list.
    • 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 drivers. No last minute substitutions will be allowed.
    • The registration for each student and chaperone is $10.
    • [New in 2017] The event run in two sessions. The morning session will be from 8:30am to noon, with team packet pickup starting at 7:30am. The afternoon session will be from 2:00pm to 5:30pm, with packet pickup starting at 1:00pm. 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 Ashlie Flegel at or 216.433.8037.