Challenger Learning Center Missions bring Science to life, giving students in grades 4-12 the exciting opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom to a real life scenario in our state-of-the-art simulated learning environment. Challenger missions are reserved by school and community groups with advanced preparation. Public missions are offered twice a year in February (Valentine's Day) and April (Fiesta).
Fast forward to a future solar max – a time when the greatest solar activity in the 11 year solar cycle of the sun takes place. A major coronal mass ejection (CME) occurred just four weeks ago, with a burst of solar winds blasting from the sun toward Earth. The strength of the CME was so strong that several vital satellites, responsible for collecting Earth science information, suffered critical damage. Without these satellites we can no longer identify and study the changes that are occurring on our planet. While heading back into orbit during this turbulent time of solar activity is a risk, there is no choice. It will take a true team effort of scientists from the Mission Control crew and astronauts in the Space Station to fix this serious problem. They must use their location in space and the instruments on the Space Station to observe the Earth and its changes and utilize the small manufacturing facility on the Space Station to create a new micro satellite to replace the one lost in the CME. Downloard Full Description
The quest begins! This January, students will get the chance to explore the lunar surface in a simulated real world experience. As spacecraft crews and scientists in the research habitat on the Moon, called Moon Base Alpha, they will be tasked to work together to expand our reach beyond the habitat. More building materials are required and bringing supplies all the way from Earth is very inefficient and expensive, so a series of mining operations have been set up around the Moon. Human operated vehicles and ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) work together searching for titanium and iron deposits. Scouting for and mining these sites can be dangerous work, but the future of Moon Base Alpha depends on it! Downloard Full Description
The Micronaut Program at Scobee Education Center provides young children age 4 – 9 with an authentic STEM experience as they travel through a simulated mission to the International Space Station. The mission models “Best Practices” in early childhood education that capitalizes on the young child’s natural curiosity to explore and learn about the world they are a part of. By making STEM education a focus of a child’s early education we begin to change the world one class at a time by instilling a lifelong passion to learn about and care for our planet earth. By inspiring and educating young children we contribute to our national goal of a scientifically literate society.
If you are an educator and are interested in learning more about how you can book a Challenger Learning Center (grades 6-12) or Micronauts (ages 4-9) mission for your students, please contact our Lead Flight Director, Jennifer Becerra at (210) 486-0955 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents, you can share our website with your child's teacher and we would be happy to help them reserve a mission for their class.
For all others, if you would like information on private Challenger Center Missions and/or facility rentals, please visit our Contact Us page.
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Open for Planetarium Programs & Challenger Learning Center missions by reservation only on Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5p.m.
Open Friday evenings for public Planetarium programs.
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