Exploring the Universe: Space Guess Quest

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Space Guess Quest is a fun game that encourages participants to identify the many types of objects in space, from human-made spacecraft to nebulas, galaxies, stars, and worlds. Players ask yes-or-no questions about their opponents' secret object until they can correctly identify it among all the objects on the game board. The first player to guess correctly wins the game! Game includes a facilitation guide with potential misconceptions, Earth & space science infosheets with NASA connections, table sign, and activity & content training videos. All public-facing materials also available in Spanish.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Type:

English, Spanish

Materials List (per group of students)

  • Deck of object playing cards (50)
  • Two game mats with objects
  • Neon dry-erase markers
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Sand timer (optional)
  • Sign, sign stand, information sheets, and activity and facilitator guides
  • “Objects in Our Universe” poster
  • “Tips for Leading Hands-on Activities” sheet
  • Information sheets (see activity webpage for links)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Origins of Universe
      • Stars and Galaxies
      • Probes, Satellites and Spacecraft
    • Solar System
      • The Sun
      • The Moon
      • The Planets
      • Asteroids and Comets
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Light and Optics
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Aerospace Engineering

Informal Categories

  • Games


Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities