SpaceQuest Day 1 Challenge

   Blast Off With SPACEQUEST!



Day 1 Focus Image


3…2…1… Here we go!

Welcome to SpaceQuest, where imagination and critical thinking are the keys to educational flight. If you are new to Real Science-4-Kids challenges, it might benefit you to peruse the science challenge Facebook group posts to get ideas from our last challenge: CoronaQuest.

In this science challenge you will receive one daily challenge image for seven days. That’s it! Based on that image alone, space cadets will be challenged to think up their own questions and produce evidence of learning in a manner of your choosing. This is where imagination is key. Again, if you are short of ideas feel free to peruse the posts from our last challenge:

In space, precision is key. In SpaceQuest, perfection is a hindrance. Don’t be scared off by the idea that you aren’t doing it right. This challenge is about thinking creatively, not finding a right answer. We will be here to cheer you on and lead the way.

Remember to post your findings for the first challenge image to the Facebook group’s discussion feed by Friday, August 14th, at 10 AM Pacific. That is how we track your entry so that you are eligible for prizes at the end of the challenge.


The instructions for this challenge remain consistent throughout the 7 days. Use this image to create your questions and focus your research. Complete details are given in the downloadable challenge document above. We will also be posting the challenge in the blog section of our website.

Remember: No question is wrong. No question too far fetched. Map out your questions and narrow your focus to just one area of SpaceQuest study. Then, get ready to dive deep, learn big, and create something AMAZING!


Download: Registration Form

Please fill out this form and return to melinda@gravitaspublications. It will help us know who is participating and also help us prepare some giveaways!


Download: DAY 1 – Challenge Document and Focus Image

The full document including instructions for the challenge can be printed here. Remember to record your challenge results (experiment, diagram, art project, speech, skit, or other proof of learning) to the Facebook challenge group!



Reference material can be downloaded here:

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For a chance to win the solar system kits or the tabletop telescope:

  • Cadets will track progress each day during the challenge. They can do this by taking pictures of their work, reflecting in a notebook, making a video, or creating a piece of art as part of their daily reflection.
  • Then, post about the challenge in the comments section of the Facebook group, or email us directly at Give us a quick thumbs up or post a picture. We would love to celebrate your success!
  • Day 7 is the accountability challenge. This challenge will bring together the previous 6 days of learning. Cadets will be asked to make a photo collage, written essay, or video compilation (2 minutes or less) of their daily reflections. We are excited to hear what they learned about themselves, SpaceQuest, science, and critical thinking.
  • Final submissions can be sent to One submission can be made for a group as part of a larger organization, or students can be encouraged to enter individually. We leave that up to your discretion. Dr. Keller will choose recipients to receive the SpaceQuest challenge awards.

**Email any questions to