Your classroom lessons are brought to life in an engaging, dynamic, simulation-based learning environment.
“I’ve never seen such positive engagement in a middle school science classroom." — Colorado Lt Governor Joe Garcia, while observing Challenger e-Mission Operation Montserrat in Ovid, CO.
Challenger Learning Center is best known for its engaging, interactive space simulations, but we offer much more!
Simulator Missions at Challenger (grades 5+ to adult)
Classes come to Challenger Learning Center facilities where Transporter, Mission Control and Spacecraft simulators make missions vastly more stimulating than “just a field trip” and infinitely more integrated than multi-player video games. We offer three exciting mission scenarios:
Return to the Moon
Rendezvous with a Comet
Voyage to Mars
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e-Missions delivered via live video conference to your Wired Classroom (grades 4 to adult)
Classroom-to-Mission-Control connections over broadband Internet create live earth and space science simulations that are astronomically more engaging than watching old science videos or reading website pages. Your students can explore our world and beyond with these exciting e-Missions:
Moon, Mars & Beyond
Space Station Alpha
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Planetarium at your School (Kindergarten to adult)
Our portable planetarium system presents fully interactive programs in Life, Earth and Space Science for all ages. All planetarium programs are accompanied by classroom curriculum and hands-on activities. We currently have several planetarium programs to choose from. Click Here for more information about our planetarium programs.
Space Education Programs brought to your School (Kindergarten to 12th Grade)
Living in Space: How can humans work and survive in space? Grades 3-8.
Magic Planet: Our portable, interactive globe captivates students in grades pre-K to adult.
Design Challenges: Hands-on, space-focused Lego® activities. Adaptable for grades K-3.
Engineering Design Challenges (Kindergarten to 12th Grade)
LEGO® WeDos and Simple Machines are exercises in brainstorming and creativity. Students design and build a complex machine according to a set of design criteria. Working in teams, students learn about robotics, problem solving, and engineering through designing, building, and testing their LEGO® Simple Machines. Additional information about LEGO® can be found at www.education.lego.com.
SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to design, build and operate an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). SeaPerch provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics (STEM), engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications. Additional information about SeaPerch can be found at www.seaperch.org.
Moonbase Crisis (5th grade): After reading the Star Challenger series book Moonbase Crisis, students combine 21st century skills with grade-level Colorado state standards in language arts, science, mathematics, and history to design and construct a Moon base or satellite. These multi-week units consist of two sessions with Challenger Flight Directors, using video-conferencing and an optional visit to the classroom.
Salvage for Victory (advanced 4th / 5th grade): Newbery Award-winning author Richard Peck’s story of World War II life on the home front features Davy, a kid whose brother, Bill, flies B-17s. From Scholastic.com: Davy tries his best to follow his heroes’ lead, especially now that “WWII has invaded Davy's home front boyhood. There's an air raid drill in the classroom, and being a kid is an endless scrap drive....It's an intense, confusing time, and one that will invite Davy to grow up in a hurry.” Publishers Weekly calls it "Another delicious mixture of humor, warmth and local color." Students combine math, science, literacy and American history while learning about forces of flight and running their own scrap drive, culminating the unit by building airplanes out of salvaged materials. Includes an optional visit to the Peterson AFB Air & Space Museum.
Teacher involvement and pre-mission training are essential components of all Challenger simulation programs. Therefore, to maintain the highest standards of program quality and service, all teachers participating in Challenger Programs are required to complete a curriculum training session. All training sessions cover classroom curriculum and standards, program logistics, and background content. Professional development credit through individual districts, BOCES, or Colorado School of Mines is available for Challenger simulator missions.
STEM Bootcamp provides some of the best project-based learning teacher professional development offered in the U.S. Over a period of three days about 120 elementary, middle, and high school educators from across the state gather at the U.S. Air Force Academy to learn better ways to engage their students in hands-on, challenging topics.
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