Endeavour: Go For Stack - Virtual Field Trip

Animated logo with text 'Virtual Field Trip to the California Science Center' and 'for grades K-5'

Engage your class in a selection of standards-based activities! All activities and lessons were carefully crafted with an eye towards Next Generation Science Standards for Elementary students.

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Heavy Lift: Endeavour Go For Stack - Grades K-5

On July 20, 2023 the California Science Center commenced Go for Stack, the complex process of moving and lifting each of the space shuttle components into place for Endeavour’s upcoming awe-inspiring 20-story vertical display. This technically challenging feat has never been done outside of a NASA facility.

Explore a selection of activities and videos focused on the science and engineering involved in completing this incredible achievement! To learn even more, visit the Go For Stack webpage.

Next Generation Science Standards Addressed

K-2-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2

On-Demand Video

Come and be an engineer! Learn about the science and engineering that took place in moving space shuttle Endeavour into its permanent home. Find out what problems engineers had to overcome, and more importantly, what solutions were involved in the big move.

Endeavour length compared with 3 school buses for size reference

Downloadable Activity Guide

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How did engineers lift a 122-foot-long shuttle weighing 178,000 pounds up into the air and then lower it into the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center?

With a 450-foot crane of course! Try out this quick and easy hands-on activity with kids of all ages to investigate what it takes to lift and move heavy objects.

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