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Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West invites you to join our crew for an experience that’s out of this world!

 

The Challenger Experience

A visit to the Challenger Learning Center is not just a field trip. It’s a unique hands-on learning experience, transforming you into a scientist, engineer, or researcher on a simulated space mission, complete with mission control and a spacecraft! From the moment of lift-off to the completion of the mission, you become a critical member of one of eight teams.

Utilizing skills vital to career and college readiness and that cannot be outsourced (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity); the teams work together to successfully complete the mission.

Whether you are a classroom teacher, a youth leader, a human resource manager or a curious space explorer, we have a program that will fit your needs. Your mission will be an inquiry based experience that will guide you to new paths of discovery.

Inspiring…Exploring…Learning

What is the Challenger Learning Center?

The Challenger Center for Space Science Education is a global nonprofit organization created in 1986 by the families of the Challenger 51-L crew tragically lost during the Challenger’s tenth mission. The Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West  is one of 48 centers worldwide.

The Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West is comprised of a futuristic space station that gives the students a simulated experience of working in space and a mission control modeled after NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Our simulations offer real-world learning experiences.  The curriculum is aligned to Ohio's New Learning Standards. In addition, we offer in-class and large group outreach, an option for on and off-site StarLab Planetarium programs, Scout Badge programs, and summer camps. 

 


 


 

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Return to the Moon

The year is 2040 and the astronauts are on their way to the Moon.  This time, they plan to stay.  Navigating their way into lunar orbit, students launch a probe and analyze a variety of data to select a site for establishing a permanent moon base.  The crew will begin a new era in human exploration during their mission, Return to the Moon.

 

 


​Group Size:  16 - 34

Age Group:  5th and above    

 

Program Costs:  

$700 per mission with teacher training
$600 per mission with same trained teacher

 

Fall Specials: 

$550 per mission with teacher training
$450 per mission with same trained teacher

**Fall rates apply to missions scheduled and completed prior to December 20th.*

School and Group Mission Specifics

A school or youth group mission includes the curriculum package with pre and post visit classroom activities and a one-day teacher workshop with light snacks.

Mission Hours:  AM and PM Missions Available

Mon—Friday (example)                     

9:00am—11:30am*                

12:15pm—2:45pm*

*There is some flexibility here. We understand that some schools start later or that busses run on different schedules at various districts. Please feel free to call with any questions or concerns.                  

Evenings and weekends are schedule by request. Call for more information.

Scheduling:  Reservations are required. The teacher workshop is scheduled at the time of the mission reservation. Call (419) 725-5926 for a reservation form today.

Our “lunch pad” is available for groups who wish to bring their own lunches. Our science lab is also available for for teachers to utilize with their students for additional inquiry based learning time!

Call 419-725-5926 or email Challengerlc@esclakeeriewest.org to schedule your mission today! Don't wait, our schedule fills up quickly. 

Some schools book up to a year in advance!

 

 

 


Job Descriptions:

Communication Team: The Communication team (COM) is responsible for all verbal messages between the Spacecraft and Mission Control.

Data Team: The Data team (DATA) is responsible for all written communication between the Spacecraft and Mission Control.

Navigation Team:  The Navigation team (NAV) is responsible for finding navigating the spacecraft. They must make sure all Earth-based tracking stations are online so that the spacecraft can leave Earth’s orbit. They must also work with the Probe and Remote team to choose and locate a lunar landing site. 

The Mission Control team will conduct landing simulations to determine the best option for landing on the moon.

Probe Team:  The Probe team (PROBE) is responsible for downloading data from an Earth-orbiting probe and then retrieving the probe. They will then be responsible for assessing if there was any damage to the motherboard. After completing that, they will also correctly have to assemble a probe to be launched to the lunar surface prior to landing.

The Mission Control team is responsible for analyzing the downloaded data and identifying a replacement part for any faulty probe parts. They will also give instructions on how to assemble the probe over the headsets.

Life Support Team:
The Life Support team (LS) will monitor the temperature, air pressure, humidity levels, LiOH filters, oxygen system, solar panels, and water sources..

The Mission Control team records and analyzes this data to determine if the results are within acceptable levels.

Medical Team:  The Medical team (MED) is responsible for monitoring the health of the crew. They will monitor the following: visual reaction time, auditory reaction time, heart rate, skin temperature, and respiration.

The Mission Control team records and analyzes this data to determine if the results are within acceptable levels for that crew member.

Remote Team:
The Remote team (REM) is responsible for conducting tests on the samples of lunar rock and regolith collected from the Probe.

The Mission Control team records and analyzes the data to learn more about the geological composition of the Moon.

Isolation Team:
The Isolation team (ISO) works at three stations aboard the Spacecraft and uses robots to manipulate hazardous materials in isolated chambers.

ISO 1 will determine the volume and mass of various chemicals.

The Mission Control team compares the current mass of each chemical to yesterday’s mass to determine if the chemical is leaking.

ISO 2 will monitor the solar array. They will check these frequently.

The Mission Control team records, researches, and analyzes this data provided by the spacecraft astronauts to determine if a shield must be placed over the solar array to protect it from impending meteoroid shower.

ISO 3 will check for normal levels of radiation from each radiation detector using a Geiger counter.

The Mission Control team records, averages, and analyzes this data to determine if the radiation levels are within acceptable levels.

​Press Team: This team is optional. Please click to access the Press Team description.

 


Program Documents (click to download)

​Transportation Team     Mission Observation Form      Crew Manifest           

Media and Liability Release     Mission Patch   

 

Pre-Mission Lessons (click to download)

1) Comet Thermal Insulator Team Building - Teacher Guide

2) Experiment with Acids and Bases - Teacher Guide 

3) Experiment with Acids and Bases - Student Worksheet

4) Vital Signs 

5) Craters - Teacher Guide

6) X and Y Coordinates - Teacher Guide

7) X and Y Coordinates - Background page

8) Communication - Build an Airplane (with Task Cards) - Teacher Guide

9) Communication - Airplane side 1

10) Communication - Airplane side 2

11) Communication Extension - Test Flight Data

12) Crew Assignments - Teacher Guide

13) Job Application - Teacher Guide

14) Job Application - Student

15) Moon - Mission Patch

Post-Mission Lessons (click to download)

1) Post Mission Reflection - Teacher's Guide

All of our missions are aligned to the Ohio Content Standards as well as the Common Core and Revised Standards.

Math  Language Arts  Science  Social Studies

 


Teacher Training

Teachers who schedule Challenger Learning Center missions for their classes will attend a half day mission preparation workshop the first year of their involvement in a particular scenario. During the workshop, they will participate in mission activities, learn about the logistics of their students' mission day, and receive a curriculum package.

During training, educators will receive a Mission Preparation Manual, which includes information on the following:

       1. Challenger Center's Pedagogy the New State Standards
       2. Mission Prep Tips
       3. Team Assembly
       4. Team Descriptions
       5. Crew Manifests
       6. Job Applications for these positions

Supplemental Resources:

       1. Content Background
       2. Name Tags with Team Assignment Template
       3. Mission Day Logistics

​Top Gun Training - Optional

Top Gun Training is a 2-hour after school training for teachers who have completed Teacher Training Levels I and II in the same scenario. The major objective of the training is to prepare the teacher as an Assistant Flight Director in Mission Control during the student mission. At the completion of the training, the teacher will:

      >   be able to assist the Flight Director in Mission Control during the mission

       >   feel comfortable and competent in assisting the students through the mission by having a
            general understanding of the station manuals and computers
                              

       >  be able to guide the students to find solutions to problems on their own

       >   be fitted for a loaned flight suit that he/she will wear the day of the mission

       >   be able to share input during the mission briefing and de-briefing

       >   in some cases be able to lead the mid-briefing during the crew exchange

       >   have a general understanding the imbedded emergencies and their solutions

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Voyage to Mars

In Earth years, it is 2076 and a now routine Voyage to Mars has brought the latest human crew into Martian orbit.  Both the relief crew and the planet based crew will be under tight deadlines to gather and analyze important data and communicate information to the teams in Spacecraft and in Mars Control.

 

 


 

Group Size:  16-34

Age Group:  6th and above                               

Program Costs: 

$700 per mission with teacher training
$600 per mission with same trained teacher

Fall Specials:

$550 per mission with teacher training
$450 per mission with same trained teacher

**Fall rates apply to missions scheduled and completed prior to December 20th.*

School and Group Mission Specifics

A school or youth group mission includes the curriculum package with pre and post visit classroom activities and a one-day teacher workshop with light snacks.

Mission Hours:  AM and PM Missions Available

Mon—Friday (example)                     

9:00am—11:30am*                

12:15pm—2:45pm*

*There is some flexibility here. We understand that some schools start later or that busses run on different schedules at various districts. Please feel free to call with any questions or concerns.                  

Evenings and weekends are schedule by request. Call for more information.

Scheduling:  Reservations are required. The teacher workshop is scheduled at the time of the mission reservation. Call (419) 725-5926 for a reservation form today.

Our “lunch pad” is available for groups who wish to bring their own lunches. Our science lab is also available for for teachers to utilize with their students for additional inquiry based learning time!

Call 419-725-5926 or email Challengerlc@esclakeeriewest.org to schedule your mission today! Don't wait, our schedule fills up quickly.  Some schools book up to a year in advance!

 

 

 

 


Program Documents (click to download)

Transportation Team     Mission Observation Form      Crew Manifest          

Media Release     Mission Patch    

 

All of our missions are aligned to Ohio's New Learning Standards!


Teacher Training

Teachers who schedule Challenger Learning Center missions for their classes will attend a half-day or evening mission preparation workshop the first year of their involvement in a particular scenario. During the workshop, they will participate in mission activities, learn about the logistics of their students' mission day, and receive a curriculum package.

During training, educators will receive a Mission Preparation Manual, which includes information on the following:

       1. Challenger Center's Pedagogy and National and State Standards
       2. Mission Prep Tips
       3. Team Assembly
       4. Team Descriptions
       5. Crew Manifests
       6. Job Applications for these positions
       7. Preparation Activities - Click here to see the list of preparation activities.

The Mars Mission Activity Guide contains the following pre-mission activities:

       1. Navigating a Spacecraft
       2. Spacesuit design
       3. Mars Geologic Mapping
       4. Mission Meals
       5. Hydroponics
       6. Searching for Signs of Life

 

Supplemental Resources:

       1. Content Background
       2. Name Tags with Team Assignment Templates
       3. Mission Certificate Template
       4. Mission Day Logistics

​Top Gun Training - Optional

Top Gun Training is a 2-hour after school training for teachers who have completed Teacher Training Levels I and II in the same scenario. The major objective of the training is to prepare the teacher as an Assistant Flight Director in Mission Control during the student mission. At the completion of the training, the teacher will:

      >   be able to assist the Flight Director in Mission Control during the mission

       >   feel comfortable and competent in assisting the students through the mission by having a
            general understanding of the station manuals and computers                             

       >  be able to guide the students to find solutions to problems on their own

       >   be fitted for a loaned flight suit that he/she will wear the day of the mission

       >   be able to share input during the mission briefing and de-briefing

       >   in some cases be able to lead the mid-briefing during the crew exchange

       >   have a general understanding the imbedded emergencies and their solutions

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Micronaut Mission PK-4

Traveling 230 miles above the Earth's surface aboard the International Space Station, the Discovery crew continues the mission of the largest scientific cooperative program in history.  The students take on the roles of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians engaged in unique research using a variety of hands-on experiments to learn more about the planet Earth.  The highly specialized crew will examine insects for radioactivity, assemble the solar array, and explore the day and night sky.

 

 


Group Size:                       Program Cost:

1.5 Hours: up to 36               $250.00

​2.5 Hours: up to 54               $350.00

 

Call 419-725-5926 or email Challengerlc@esclakeeriewest.org to schedule your mission today! Don't wait, our schedule fills up quickly.  Some schools book up to a year in advance!

 

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Starlab Planetarium K-12

The Starlab mobile planetarium allows the Challenger Learning Center to bring the night sky to schools or special events! The planetarium can be set-up and ready in as little as thirty minutes.  In addition to brining this traveling exhibit out to different sites, it can also be added as part of a Challenger Mission.  While inside the Starlab, participants view the night sky as if they are outside in an open field with no city lights distracting the view. Our program includes instruction about the day and night sky, celestial navigation, constellations, moon phases, size and temperature of stars, nebulas, planets, and current celestial events. Our lessons are aligned to the Ohio's New Learning Standards. The Starlab experience opens up a new understanding of the universe!  All those who participate are also give a star chart to help guide them on their own star gazing journey with family and friends.


 

Group Size:                       Program Cost:

 

Up to 30 for elementary              $150 for the 1st group

Up to  25 middle and high           $125 for the 2nd group

 school students                          $100 for the 3rd group

                                                    $75 for the 4th group

                                                    $50 for the 5th group

 

You'll want to make sure that you have a 22 foot space in diameter available with about a 12' ceiling.  A gymnasium is the perfect place to set up the StarLab!

 

Call 419-725-5926 or email Challengerlc@esclakeeriewest.org to schedule this amazing outreach program today! Don't wait, our schedule fills up quickly.  Some schools book up to a year in advance!

How does space travel affect an astronaut's body?

Learn what happens to astronauts when they are in space dealing with fitness, nutrition, sleep patterns, balance, radiation, pressure, and temperature.  Students will be engaged in this educational experience that provides insight into survival in a dramatically different habitat while promoting further questions about future research of Life Science in space.

 

 

 

Length:  approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour

Fee:  $250

Group size:  Auditorium

 

Call 419-725-5926 or email challengerlc@esclakeeriewest.org for further questions or to schedule your Space Flight and the Human Body Outreach today!

 

 

 

This program provides students with an integration of Science and Social Studies while they are taken through a journey through the History of American Space Flight.

Students will love this interactive presentation while getting to know Galileo, Isaac Newton, Jules Verne, and Robert Goddard.  In addition, they will also learn about Projects Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, the Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station.  They will also have the opportunity to discover more about telescopes, laws of motion, and the future of NASA.

 

Length:  Approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour

Fee:  $250

Group Size: Auditorium

 

Call 419-725-5926 or challengerlc@esclakeeriewest.org for more information or to schedule your History of American Space Flight Outreach today!

 

 

 

Geology Outreach K-6

We bring this program right to your classroom! A highly qualified science educator will provide this inquiry based experience right into your classroom.  Our programs are aligned with Ohio's New Learning Standards.

Length:  Approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour

Fee:  $180

Group size: Up to 30 students

Call 419-725-5926 or email challengerlc@esclakeeriewest.org for further questions or to schedule your Space Flight and the Human Body Outreach today!

 

 

Badge Programs for Scouts

We offer a variety of Scout Badge programs including the Space Exploration, Astronomy, Robotics and Radio badges.  Please call for more details and to schedule your event.  The group minimum size is 12.  Siblings are welcome to join in. The cost is $12.00 per child plus cost of the badge if you would like us to have them ready on the day of the event.  Evening and weekends are available. 

Call 419-725-5926 or email Challengerlc@esclakeeriewest.org Don't wait, our schedule fills up quickly. 

Welcome to the Educational Links page!  We will continue to check and update this site as new information comes out and/or if we notice that any links are not working.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Brenda Gift at bgift@esclakeeriewest.org.

 

 

Lessons plans for teachers for before and after your mission:

This site developed by the Challenger Organization allows teachers to search by program, grade level, or key word.  Teachers may pick out pre- and post- lessons that tie directly to the missions.

http://www.challenger.org/teachers/lessons/index.cfm

 

The James Webb Telescope site has a number of great resources and lesson plans for teachers.  Click HERE to see them all.

 

General Links:

All about the Shuttle – interactive
http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/the_shuttle/

Interactive Press Conference – a little piece of NASA history
http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/50th_announcement/

NASA’s Student Site:
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html

Great for the classroom or for research: Clips from NASA for just about anything space related
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/nasaeclips/search.html?terms=&category=1000&disp=grid

Amazing Space: A great resource for background information and additional links
http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/resources/explorations/

Edtech at Kennesaw.edu: A wide variety of Space and Earth Science resources.
http://edtech.kennesaw.edu/web/solar.html

 

Earth and Space Science:

Rock Around the World:
http://ratw.asu.edu/
Send a rock from your area to a Mars scientist! Find out what the rock is made of and how it compares to the red planet.

http://scijinks.jpl.nasa.gov/hurricane
How does a hurricane form?

Explore the planets through puzzles
http://sse.jpl.nasa.gov/kids/puzzles.cfm
Planetary Puzzles

National Geographic: Video clips, information, and simulations of the solar system
http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/solar-system

 

Life Science:

Incorporates Life Science and Project Based Learning!
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/moon-habitat/en//redirected/
Can use with - Return to the Moon - Build a Moon Habitat

 

Physical Science:

Rocketry:
http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/k-12/rocket/rktsim.html
This is a beta 1.2g version of the RocketModeler III program. You are invited to participate in the beta testing. If you find errors in the program or would like to suggest improvements, please send an e-mail to Thomas.J.Benson@nasa.gov.

Robotics:

http://www.barcodediscount.com/articles/robotics-building-the-ultimate-computer.htm
 Thanks for the link Jack! Keep researching.

http://world.honda.com/ASIMO/ 

Check out Honda's humanoid robot!

http://robotics.nasa.gov/ 

Check out NASA's robotics

Games:

http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/classroom/illustrations/SunSize.jpg
Compare the size of the planets to the sun.

http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/LaunchIt/
Launch it!  Select astronauts, rockets and goals to see which historical mission you will launch.

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/BuildMissionGame.cfm
Build your own space mission

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/robotics/home/ROVER.html
Rover – test your programming skills

http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/resources/explorations/impact/home.html
Planet impact - pelt Jupiter with asteroids.

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/3d_resources/station_spacewalk_game.html
International Space Station game

More Fun:

What is Microgravity?
http://www.nasa.gov/microgravity/
Astronaut Don Pettit shares the thrill of concepts like gravity and trajectories with some help from Red Bird.

Planet Quest
http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/system/interactable/5/index.html
How long does it take to travel to different planets and stars?

Questions Answered:

How do toilets work in space?
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/brainbites/nonflash/bb_home_bathroom.html

What about future space flight?  Here’s an interactive view of the future.
http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/human_space/

 

College and Career:

NASA Internship Opportunities:
http://intern.nasa.gov/
Eligible students can access a portfolio of NASA internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities through a single portal and a single application.

NASA Career Opportunities:
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
Students can use this page as a starting point to learn about jobs at NASA.

 


Click here to view NASA TV

The ESC of Lake Erie West is pleased to be able to provide the convenience of online payment for your Challenger Learning Center experiences. Please use the links below to navigate to the appropriate payment page.

 

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Staff Members - click HERE to access your email.
 

Challenger Learning Center Fees are listed here.

Are you ready for new and exciting summer camps at the

Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West?

This year, the Challenger Learning Center is bringing dynamic and interactive content from NASA to engage campers in hands-on, minds-on learning that's out of this world!

Our Partners in Education:

 

Thanks to STEM Partner BP for providing Challenge Grants that will fund 50%-100% of qualifying camper's camp costs based on need!  Download the application on this site.

Click below for the Summer Camp Brochure and BP Grant Application:

Challenger Learning Center Summer Camp Brochure 2014

BP Challenge Grant Application for Summer Camp 2014

 

Click the "Contact Us" tab for more information.

 

Mission & Outreach Scheduling
Program Secretary
Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West
4955 Seaman Road
Oregon, OH 43616
challengerlc@esclakeeriewest.org
(419) 725-5926 (office)
(419) 245-6201 (fax)

Brenda Gift, Ed. S.
Director of Student Services & Special Programs. 
(419) 246-3120 (office)
(419) 245-6201 (fax)

 

Teacher training is required for all teachers who have never flown a mission.  Refreshers are recommended for those who have not had training in over two years.  We have new and exciting information, materials and resources to share!

Teacher Training Dates are as follows:

August

Voyage to Mars:  August 11, 2014 -  8:30am - 12:30pm

Mission to the Moon:  August 13, 2014 - 8:30am - 12:30pm


September

Voyage to Mars:  September 13, 2014 -  8:30am - 12:30pm

Mission to the Moon:  September 20, 2014 - 8:30am - 12:30pm

Top Gun: September 27, 2014 8:30am - 4:30pm

October

TBD

 

 

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