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Design Like an Astrophysicist: Design Thinking for Aliens Planets (Ages 5 - 7)

  • MODA 1315 Peachtree Street Northeast Atlanta, GA, 30309 United States (map)

“Finding potential life-bearing worlds among the stars is NASA's next big challenge.”

One of the fastest-growing fields in astrophysics is the study of exoplanets, or planets that orbit another star. MODA continues its partnership with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics with a design thinking workshop that teaches young space enthusiasts about NASA’s exoplanet explorations and the future of its research. NASA astrophysicists have trained MODA educators to present young designers with their most current findings and plans for 2030 and beyond.

This class focuses on the TRAPPIST-1 system. We’ll investigate how scientists collect and analyze data about TRAPPIST-1. Teams will be guided through design thinking exercises to solve challenges for life on TRAPPIST-1’s planets. Teams can present their designs at the end of class for review by Harvard-Smithsonian astrophysicists.

Designers will:

  • Learn about exoplanets
  • Investigate NASA’s tools for exoplanet exploration
  • Engage in the Design Process
  • Learn and strengthen Design Thinking skills
  • Strengthen collaborative skills
  • Expand on problem solving skills
  • Learn about design briefs
  • Design and build models in design teams

$35 for MODA members / $40 Non-Members
Fee also includes admission to our current exhibitions for the participant and one adult.

If you must cancel your plans, please notify us at least 7 days prior to the event start to receive a refund of the ticket cost minus a $10 processing fee per class. Refunds are not available if we are notified less than 7 days prior to the event start. Refunds are not available if you fail to notify us or attend the event. MODA reserves the right to cancel a program if registration for the event does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements. If MODA cancels a program, a full refund will be issued to all registrants.

This program is not licensed by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and is not required to be licensed. Bright from the Start does not regulate or routinely inspect this program. For additional information, go to or call 404.657.5562.

Earlier Event: December 10
Family Free Day December