During this 50th anniversary year of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the John F. Kennedy(JFK) Library Foundation, in partnership with Raytheon and the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory, offers educators in the classroom and after-school programs access to activity guides, experiments, equipment, and program resources to connect students with the space station.
Akin to biology, physics, and chemistry labs, JFK Space Labs use state-of-the-art technology and equipment to help students learn and explore core concepts in Earth and space science, biology, physical science, and other domains in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)—all through activities connected to the space station!
All of these ISS National Lab programs are managed by members of the Space Station Explorers consortium, organizations with decades of experience in STEM education. JFK Space Labs honor the inspirational heritage of JFK and the innovative technology that enabled America’s Apollo program, and they rekindle the power of space to inspire and engage students.
There are two ways to get a JFK Space Lab for your school or after-school program:
JFK Space Labs Explorer Program
JFK Space Labs Explorer Program provides you with a free JFK Space Lab that includes access to free ISS National Lab programs, some ISS National Lab and JFK Library Foundation materials, and email updates on current space-themed events and new ISS National Lab educational products and activities.
JFK Space Labs Moonshot Program
JFK Space Labs Moonshot Program, provides grant funding to selected schools named after President Kennedy. This grant funding enables schools to build on the base of free programs by adding additional programs that involve costs. (Schools can also use local funding to participate in any of these programs.)
To apply for either program, visit the JFK Space Lab application website.
If you have questions or would like to sponsor a JFK Space Lab in a school near you, please email: JFKSpaceLabsInfo@jfklfoundation.org.
Access to the Space Station Explorers educational programs and the resources associated with the International Space Station are provided by the ISS National Lab. More than a dozen partner organizations developed and operate the featured educational programs (including equipment, tools, technology, and curriculum), all part of the Space Station Explorers network.