The Challenger Learning Center
JOURNEY TO SPACE – WITHOUT LEAVING EARTH!
Kentucky Science Center adds the Challenger Learning Center at the Academy @ Shawnee to its line-up of innovative classes and labs. Offering dynamic, hands-on exploration and discovery opportunities to students in grades 4-12 throughout Kentucky, Challenger Learning Center mission simulations and programs equip students with critical STEM knowledge, confidence, and skills. As a member of a mission exploration team, students put into practice essential tasks astronauts, scientists and engineers perform for mission success.
Challenger Learning Center mission simulations give students the chance to solve real-world problems as they share the thrill of discovery on missions through the Solar System. Using space simulation and role-playing strategies, students bring their classroom studies to life and cultivate the skills needed for future success.
The Challenger Center’s teaching model is an effective approach to strengthen knowledge and interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Hands-on simulation experiences are important contributors to that interest, inspiring students to pursue careers in these important fields.
MISSION SIMULATIONS: GRADES 4-12
HOW A MISSION SIMULATION WORKS:
Simulated space missions let students experience first-hand what it’s like to go on a mission to the Moon, Mars or a comet. Student teams are assigned various jobs that simulate those of actual astronauts, scientists and engineers.
Prior to your visit, you will receive information to help your students understand the theme of their mission and to work on communication skills. When you arrive at the Challenger Center, your class will receive a brief orientation and split into two groups before one group “launches” into space where they perform various activities and experiments on board the space station. The other group works in Mission Control to monitor and guide the astronauts’ activities to successfully complete their mission. Halfway through the mission, groups switch sides so everyone can experience both Mission Control and the Space Station.
During their mission, your students will work as members of a team: they could be assigned to Communications, Life Support, Data, or Navigation to accomplish specific tasks towards mission success. Team Astronauts on board the Space Station build space probes, monitor life support, conduct experiments, and plot navigation courses. Engineers at Mission Control support these tasks: they answer astronaut questions and provide necessary information and research.
Mission simulations are fast-paced and exciting, but they are also engaging learning environments embedded with activities and lessons aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for content, concepts, and practices.
TIME: 2 ½ HOUR MISSION – 9:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. OR 12:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
30 STUDENTS MAXIMUM