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A STEM field trip to Challenger Learning Center in Woodstock, IL includes one simulated space mission based on a real NASA mission plus a robotic engineering and Digital Starlab session. Over 9,000 students each year enjoy three STEM experiences all wrapped into a day of discovery. Hands-on learning results in a one-of-a-kind STEM experience.
Targeted for Grades 5 to 8
Number of groups served per day: 2 groups per day
Field Trip Day: 3.5-4.5 hours (depending on transportation needs)BOOK A FIELD TRIP
The Challenger Learning Center mission simulator offers students from 5th-8th grade a totally immersive, hands-on STEM educational experience. Our Expedition Mars scenario puts young learners in charge of a simulated flight between Mars and Phobos. For approximately two hours students are transformed into astronauts, scientists, and engineers with a single common purpose – the success of the mission. Teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and decision making skills are put to the test. Challenger Learning Center’s space simulations are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.
It is the year 2076. Humans have established a permanent settlement on the martian moon Phobos. A daily space shuttle travels to the martian surface carrying scientists and engineers who are exploring the planet searching for signs of ancient life. The discovery of frozen surface water has allowed scientists to break it down into hydrogen and oxygen to assist in the creation of liquid fuel. With the possibility of a near asteroid collision, teams will need to remain on high alert and handle any repercussions that come along with an impact.
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Underneath an inflatable dome, participants will feel like they are travelling through space as they learn about the future of space exploration. This computer-based, portable planetarium provides a unique learning opportunity as students explore the wonders of our universe.BOOK A FIELD TRIP
Engineer. Explore. Excite! We introduce robotics and engineering through the use of the MOSS or Cubelets robotics systems. Our teachers share these introductory robotics systems built especially for children to learn how robots work and to engineer structures that could solve real life problems.BOOK A FIELD TRIP