This year, school groups can stay for a full day of immersive, STEM programming featuring three exciting programs:
Half Day Part I Simulated Mission (choose from the options here)
Half Day Part II Explorer Lab Activity (choose from the 5 options below) Interactive Planetarium Sessions (choose from the 5 options below)
Explorer Lab Activities Marsbound (grades 6-12) In this engaging NASA-developed game, student engineering teams work to balance financial, mass, and power budgets while planning a mission to the Red Planet. Greatest scientific gains and most efficient use of funds will identify which team is declared top mission planners! MarsboundÔnaturally draws on student collaboration and communication, making this an excellent activity for secondary students.
Change the Current (grade 6) With its largest energy production plant offline, Colorado Springs Utilities needs help to keep the city from going dark. Taking into consideration energy resources, budget, and environmental impact, student teams will compete to create the best plan to win the contract to “power up” Colorado Springs.
Sphero Robotics (grades 4-12) Students experience a crash course in programming with these interactive, eye-catching, and programmable robots. Utilizing an endless array of coding capabilities, teams will work together to complete an epic and educational programming challenge they won’t soon forget.
Wonder Workshop Robotics (grades K-12) Wonder Workshop Robots encourage tomorrow's out-of-the-box innovators! Students will test their engineering, problem-solving and computations-thinking skills during this drag and drop programming sessions - using Dash and Cue robots- to solving a series of problems leading up to one, monumental challenge!
Extraordinaires Design Studio (grades 4-12) Empathize. Define. Ideate. Prototype. Test…The design thinking process is a Makerspace method that encourages everyone to be part of developing a more desirable future for all.Join us as we challenge your students to conceptualize and create a project that will improve the life of some very unique characters. Creative thinking, problem solving, and teamwork are required!
Breakout Boxes (grades 6-12) Do your students have what it takes to solve a space-themed mystery and escape the room? Using critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication, along with an amped up version of Breakout BoxesÔ, students learn aerospace content, practice collaboration and problem-solving skills and challenge their teamwork in this timed and entertaining session.
Interactive Planetarium Sessions Students interact with trained facilitators who deliver sessions to meet content and create a custom experience for all. Teachers reserving full-day sessions should choose 1 of the following options.
Destination Mars(grades 6-8) Voyage to the red planet with us as we compare Earth and Mars, learn about planetary orbits and gravity, and review and highlight future missions to Mars.
Galaxies in Motion(grades 6-8) Join us as we work our way from the center of the solar system out to the fringes of known space. Along the way, we’ll encounter a variety of celestial objects that scientists are gathering information about every day. Students will see Earth as part of the Milky Way and find out what makes our galaxy alike and different from other galaxies in our universe.
Moon Magic (grades 5-8) Explore our nearest neighbor, the Moon, and discover what causes its phases and lunar and solar eclipses. Hear about past, present and planned missions to the moon and its orbital field, including the first manned mission in 1969.
Patterns in the [Night] Sky(grades 5-8) Observe the night sky through the traditional lens of constellations, the associated stories and their origins. Then, we’ll shift focus to the movement of these patterns over time, as well as the reasons for the seasons and moon phases.
Solar System Tour(grades 5-8) Discover the solar system by experiencing spots and flares, swirling storms, rings, multitudes of moons and foreign worlds. Students will learn about solar system missions from the past to the future, and mankind’s exploration effects on the solar system.
Planetarium Sessions and the CDE Earth Space Science Science Standards
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