The Kentucky Science Center offers a wide variety of programming for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts, including classes that meet specific scout requirements and volunteer and service opportunities.
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Challenger Learning Center
In partnership with Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky Science Center’s Challenger Learning Center at the Academy at Shawnee offers dynamic, hands-on exploration and discovery opportunities to K-12 students throughout Kentucky. Challenger Learning Center mission simulations and programs equip students with critical S.T.E.M. 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 across 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
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 will perform various activities and experiments on board the space station. The other group works in Mission Control to monitor and guide the astronauts’ activities and successfully complete the 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.
In partnership with Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, Kentucky Science Center’s MakerPlace allows kids and families to bring ideas and inventions to life. We’ll help you find inspiration, learn to use cool tools like laser cutters and 3D printers, figure out how to turn a handful of electronics and wires into programmable machines, and much more. We can make anything from robotic pets, to jewelry that senses your heartbeat, to marshmallow shooters, whatever you can dream up! No two workshops are alike; we challenge you to design something new at each workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring a hack-able object from home for a one-of-a-kind creation.
Family-friendly makerspace workshops, led by Kentucky Science Center educators at the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana Head Quarters are a great opportunity to get involved in the exciting makerspace movement. Design, build, tinker, experiment, and invent all sorts of gadgets and gizmos – and take your new invention home!