“I’ve never seen such positive engagement in a middle school science classroom." — Former Colorado Lt. Governor Joe Garcia, while observing Challenger e-Mission Operation Montserrat in Ovid, CO.
Challenger Learning Center of Colorado offers a variety of simulated space missions -- either at our Colorado Springs facility or delivered to your classroom as distance learning e-Missions, a traveling planetarium, student design challenges, and teacher professional development opportunities.
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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
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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, sponsored in part by the Bruni Foundation, presents fully interactive programs in 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.
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.
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.
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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