The Challenger Learning Center

JOURNEY TO SPACE – WITHOUT LEAVING EARTH!

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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 K-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.

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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.

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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.

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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
COST: $400/MISSION

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VOYAGE TO MARS

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In the year 2076 the latest human crew enters Martian orbit, arriving from Earth on the Mars Transport Vehicle. The new crew is specially trained to replace the existing crew of astronauts as they continue their scientific explorations while overcoming emergencies and environmental variables. Crewmembers must employ teamwork, problem-solving, communications and decision-making skills to build and launch a probe to one of the Martian moons, explore and analyze Martian rocks and soil, and track potentially hazardous conditions on both the spacecraft and the martian surface.

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Please Download the Following:

Mission Prep Booklet

Teachers Activity Guide

 

RETURN TO THE MOON

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It’s the year 2025. For the first time since the last Apollo mission in 1972, humanity returns to the Moon to establish a permanent lunar base to make lunar observations, study the feasibility for developing a self-sustaining lunar base, and create a stepping stone for human planetary exploration. Supported by a team back on Earth, astronauts construct and launch a probe to the lunar surface and select a site for establishing a permanent Moon base – all while avoiding meteor showers, chemical leaks and other hazards.

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Please Download the Following:

Mission Prep Booklet

Teachers Activity Guide

 

RENDEZVOUS WITH A COMET

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In the not-too-distant future, a crew of astronauts is being sent on a mission to explore a comet that is approaching Earth’s orbit. The crew must complete the assembly of a probe and launch it to rendezvous with Comet Encke. Along the way, astronauts use their scientific as well as problem-solving, and decision-making skills – to deal with unexpected and unpredictable solar system objects that may come their way.

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Please Download the Following:

Mission Prep Booklet

Teachers Activity Guide

MISSION SIMULATIONS GRADES 3-5

JUNIOR ASTRONAUTS
Travel high above Earth to the International Space Station to investigate a mysterious object that has been spotted in space. While in space, junior astronauts utilize their scientific, math and engineering as well as teamwork skills and are engaged in experiments and activities to help NASA learn more about our world.
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TIME: 2 HOUR MISSION – 9:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. OR 12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
30 STUDENTS MAXIMUM
COST: $300/MISSION

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HOME SCHOOL MINI-MISSION GRADES K-12

Engaging for both students and teachers, home schoolers journey to the Space Station spacecraft or assist in Mission Control to conduct ongoing science investigations. Plot the course to a comet, conduct mission critical data analysis, and plot your way to a comet!
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TIME: 2 HOUR MISSION 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
ONE DAY A WEEK ONLY

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NANONAUTS GRADES K-2

Even little space explorers can discover the fascinating secrets through exploring our solar system.
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READY TO BOOK?

Contact Maddie Tong, Reservation Specialist, at 502-560-7166 or click here.