FAQ for Parents and School Students in Grades 3-8


Where is Purdue Space Day held?

On the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University. The event day check-in is held in Armstrong Hall.

What time zone is Purdue on?

Purdue is on Eastern Standard Time (same as New York) year round

What is the date of Purdue Space Day 2016?

Saturday, October 22, 2016

How do I sign up my child to participate in PSD?

Stay tuned to www.purduespaceday.com and www.facebook.com/PurdueSpaceDay for information on registration for PSD 2016.


Can I just turn up on the day of the event?

No. You have to register AND receive confirmation before the event day that you have a place on Purdue Space Day.

Can I just come for part of the day?

No. Any student who comes to PSD is expected to stay for the whole day. It is a day-long event with group activities where others in your group will be depending on you. Please do not register if you have other activities planned for that day.


How do I know if I have a place on Purdue Space Day?

You will receive an email with confirmation within 24 hours of registering for Purdue Space Day.  You will receive a second email with detailed information about the day during the frist week of October.  If you have any questions, please email psd@purdue.edu.

What if I have to cancel for any reason?

Please let PSD know immediately you have to cancel in order for another student to have a place. Email psd@purdue.edu

Where can I park?

Northwestern Parking Garage is within close distance to Armstrong Hall.

What time does PSD start?

Check in is from 8:00 am-9:00 am in the atrium of the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering (ARMS on campus map) Click here for a Campus map.

What time does PSD finish?

The day will finish when all the Groups have had a photo with the astronaut at approximately 4:00 pm.

What will I collect at check -in?

You will receive your child's homeroom information and agenda for the day.


When will my child receive their bags and activity booklets?

Each pre-registered student will receive a bag with a booklet which explains the day and has the agenda in their homerooms.


Can I get a t-shirt?

T-shirts are optional and are available for preorder during online registration. If you have ordered a Purdue Space Day t-shirt, you will receive in your bag in the morning.

Alternatively, there will be a limited number of t-shirts available on the event day. Both cash and checks are accepted.

Where do I go after check-in?

Each student will be directed to their "Homeroom." This is where you will meet your group leaders and the rest of your group. Students will be given an activity bag containing a booklet with information about the day and a schedule for the activity sessions and a signed photo of the astronaut VIP. Parents and chaperones can collect their child from this home room both at lunch time and at the end of the day.

What time and where is the astronaut presentation?

9:30 a.m. at the Elliot Hall of Music

What is Mission Control?

There will be an information table, called Mission Control, located in the Armstrong atrium which will be staffed throughout the day. It will serve as a lost & found, meeting area, and information booth. Mission Control will have locations and details of where your child will be during the day.

How much does it cost?

Purdue Space Day is free - but please make your own lunch arrangements. This is made possbile by fundraising and grants. If you'd like to know how you can support Purdue Space Day, please email psd@purdue.edu

What group will I be in?

Your group assignment name will be on your name badge that you collect when you check-in. Each group will have three or four Group Leaders who will be expecting you and are looking forward to meeting your child. Each child will be in a group of approx. 35.

Each group will be split into:

Grades 3-4

Grades 5-6

Grades 7-8

Therefore, if you have children in multiple age groups, they will be in separate groups on the day and will be taking part in different age-appropriate activities in separate parts of the campus. Please note during registration if you are part of a larger group that would like to be placed together or email us for smaller requests. We do our best to honor any group requests that are made in advance; however, there may be times we cannot move groups. Rest assured that your child will have a great Purdue Space Day experience regardless. They will be placed with Group Leaders who are excited and ready for the day and meet lots of new friends.

Each Activity that you will be taking part in during the day is geared towards each age group with the older students' taking part in measurably more difficult tasks than the younger ones. There will always be Purdue students' to help anyone with any of the activities throughout the day. This means that you will be with other students who are more or less the same age as you. Also, you will be with students from the same school or area as you. We will try to put you in the same groups as your friends.


How do I know where to go for each activity?

All groups will be escorted and will be taken to each activity by a PSD Group Leader; they are easily identifiable by their Purdue Space Day T-shirts. The booklet that you collect at registration explains more fully the different activities that you will be taking part in. There will be three activity sessions for each age level. Each activity will be 45 minutes in length.

Can parents or chaperones stay for the day?

Yes, Parents and teachers are welcome to attend along with their students. Children only need to be chaperoned over the lunch period. Please see lunch details below.

What should I know about lunch?

Each child has to have an adult chaperone for the lunch period.

Lunch will be at the end of Activity Session 1 from 12:00 pm. - 1:00 pm.

Parents and guardians - Please return your students to their Group Leaders in their home rooms in Armstrong Hall by 1:00 pm. in order to disperse to the second activity at 1:00 pm.

Where can we eat if we bring our own lunch?

You will be able to use any of the seating areas on all four floors in Armstrong Hall including Amelia's cafeteria in the lower level (cafeteria will not be open). You will also be able to eat outside if the weather is good. Many families bring a picnic lunch and have it ready for when their child finishes the morning session. Please feel free to explore Armstrong Hall. The hallways of the 3rd floor contain many astronaut photos. (Bringing a picnic lunch is the easiest option)

Where can I buy food?

Fast food restaurants are nearby. It is usually very busy at lunch time with very long lines, so plan accordingly.

Purdue Memorial Union- The food court in the Purdue Memorial Union (PMU on map) has many restaurants that will be open but you need to allow an extra 10 minutes (at least) walking each way to that area of campus. Although they will have extra cashiers for this event, it is always busy at lunchtime, so plan accordingly.

Vending Machines- There are vending machines for cold drinks in the kitchenette in Armstrong Hall 3316 and snacks and cold drinks in Armstrong Hall 2116. Both rooms are close to the elevator in the middle of the building.


Will I be able to have a photo taken with the astronaut?

Photographers will be taking pictures and video throughout the day and will try to ensure that each group has a photo taken with the astronaut. Photos will be put onto our website after Purdue Space Day.

What about the weather?

Purdue Space Day will be held regardless of the weather. All the school students will be moving around the Purdue campus and some activities will be held outside. Watch the weather forecast and bring the appropriate outdoor gear!

Email: psd@purdue.edu


Send mail to:

Purdue Space Day

Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, Room 3336

701 Stadium Ave.

West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045