Young Astronaut Day


Young Astronaut Day is a STEM outreach event for students grade 1st-12th. This event, which started in 1992, gives students the opportunity to work as a team to solve engineering challenges. These range from parachute drops and balloon cars to lego robots. Each year there is an event theme that the activities are centered on (i.e. Mars landing, living in space, etc.). Teams are tasked to complete three activities that create one mission within a 2 hour period. This requires them to build strong teamwork, communication, and critical thinking skills. Each team competes against the other teams for a friendly competition. The goal of the event is to inspire and educate students about NASA and the STEM field. This is not only accomplished through the STEM activities but by listening to an Astronaut keynote address and interacting with the scientists and engineers who are leading the activities and volunteering. 


Photo Credit: Marvin Smith/ NASA
Photo Credit: Marvin Smith/ NASA

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Photo Credit: Edmond Wong

Upcoming Event

The 27th Annual Young Astronaut Day is planned for:

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Cleveland State University Wolstein Center

From  9:00am to 12:30pm


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How do I enter a team?

Registration Guide:

  • Registration is limited to 30 teams of students- 15 (1st - 4th) Pilot teams and 15 Mission Specialist (5th - 8th) teams
  • For 2019, because of the significant team decrease, we will need to limit the event to 1st-8th grade students. 
  • Registration will be first come, first serve. There will not be a lottery. Registration for 2019 has already passed. Please check back for information on YAD2020
  • Please e-mail if you'd like to be on the YAD distribution list and receive event announcements. 
  • Once the 30 team cap has been reached, interested teams will be put on a waitlist. 

Event Details

  • Only one team of up to 6 students plus 2 adults per school/ organization per division. (i.e. a school can only have one team in each division)
  • There will two divisions in 2019: Pilots 1st-4th grade and Mission Specialists 5th-8th grade
  • The event will run tentatively from 9:00am-12:30pm. With packet pickup starting at 8:30am. 
  • Once your team is registered, a confirmation e-mail will be sent. This secures your spot at Young Astronaut Day. 
  • The registration fee per team will be $100 per team and will be due at the time of registering

New for 2019: 

  • US citizenship is not required
  • Names of participants and drivers are not required.
  • No Lottery for event registration this year. It will be first come first serve. 
  • There will be a flat fee per team regardless of how many participants. 
  • Food and drinks will not be provided. 

If you have any questions regarding the event or registration please contact

Photo Credit: Edmond Wong