NYC Center for Aerospace and Applied Mathematics

The New York City Center for Aerospace and Applied Mathematics (NYCCAAM) gets students excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) through space and aviation science. Hands-on activities allow students to use concepts they learn in the classroom to solve real-world problems. Students in grades K-12 can have simulated space experiences in the Challenger Learning Center or learn how airplanes fly in the NASA Aerospace Education Laboratory.

View of the Control Room

Offerings

We offer:

Contact us at SpaceCenter@schools.nyc.gov.

Challenger Center

The Challenger Center gives students an awesome experience of simulated space adventures. With its realistic mission control room and orbiting spacecraft, the Center encourages students to work together to solve problems and make decisions. Here, any student can become an astronaut, flight controller, scientist, or engineer.

Student at Mission Control

NASA Aerospace Education Lab

With flight simulators, a wind tunnel, model airplanes, and specialized software, the NASA Aerospace Education Laboratory lets students explore aeronautics. They can learn about how airplanes use the air we breathe to lift them off the ground and how weather and other conditions affect flight.

Students with a flight simulator

Beyond the School Day

We have week-long camps over spring break and during the summer, and extended in-school and after-school programs in aviation, engineering, and robotics.

  • We run in-school and after-school programs at NYCCAAM in partnership with schools.
  • We offer school-break camps for NYC public school students in upper elementary, middle, and high school.
Students working on Lego Robotics

NYC Aerospace Camp

In a week packed with hands-on excitement, campers train as pilots in our NASA Aerospace Education Lab. In preparation for their ultimate mission: a simulated space adventure, students:

  • Build and program Mars rovers with EV3 LEGO robots;
  • Design, construct, and launch rockets;
  • Participate in activities that simulate astronaut training; and
  • Learn about the history of space exploration.
Students instructed at Mission Control

Earth Climate Institute

In our week-long Earth Climate Institute, high school students explore climate change through the lens of NASA’s Earth Observing System. This lets them discover how:

  • Remote sensing works
  • The Earth Observing System satellites collect data
  • Computer programs investigate the meaning of the data

Students also visit NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies to learn about careers at NASA and meet the scientists who are doing this research. On their last day, students go on a simulated mission that puts everything they've learned to the test!

Location/Address

We are located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Our address is 220 Henry Street, New York, NY 10002

Directions

Enter on Montgomery Street between Henry and Madison Streets

Subway

Take the F train to the East Broadway stop (last stop in Manhattan); we are about an eight- minute walk.

Bus

If you are traveling south, take the M15 or M15 SBS to East Broadway. If you are traveling east take the M22 to Montgomery Street.

Driving/School Bus: 

  • From the Williamsburg Bridge, continue straight on Delancey Street.
  • Make a left on Essex Street, a left on Grand Street.
  • Make a right on Pitt Street.
  • Pitt Street becomes Montgomery Street.

We are attached to a school building. Look for the blue awning on Montgomery Street.

Tip: Download a map and directions and make sure the bus driver has a copy. 

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