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The school group experience consists of three components:
1. Pre-Mission Planning
Teachers leave with a comprehensive curriculum aligned with Missouri and Illinois state education standards which includes lesson plans to prepare students for their mission and post-mission activities for teachers to use with their students after they experience their simulated space mission.
2. The Challenger Learning Center Experience
Grades 5-8 (maximum
Kindergarten-4th grade (maximum 54 students):
The two-hour Junior Astronauts program includes the Mystery in Space mission and one or two (depending on the size of the group) Mini Discovery workshop(s). Mystery in Spacetakes place in the Challenger Learning Center's replica space station where students are engaged engages in an immersive “mini-mission” in which they will work as a team to navigate their spacecraft through space in order to locate Comet Encke. Each Micronaut is assigned a job with duties that are critical to the overall success of the entire team. The Junior Astronauts workshop will challenge the students to construct a paper rocket that launches using a high-pressure air launch system.
Junior Astronauts A
(groups of up to 40 students) includes the Mystery in Space
mission as well as the mini-rocket building workshop: $600.
3. Post-Visit Activities
Discovery Workshops (for students in grades 5-8)
Extend your Challenger Learning Center experience with either The Great Rocket Design Challenge or Field Trip to the Moon Discovery Workshop. Each program is two-hours in length and is intended to complement the simulated space mission to create a full-day experience for students. Below are the workshop descriptions:
Great Rocket Design Challenge
Distance Learning Programs
Educators looking for ways to further enhance their Challenger Learning Center experience or are too far to attend programs at our facility can now experience one of two Video Conference programs. These programs are geared towards students in grades 1-8 and range from 20-35 minutes.
Digital Portable Planetarium
Our new digital Portable Planetarium is now available for bookings. The program runs from 30-45 minutes and accommodates up to 30-40 participants. Our highly experienced facilitators will lead your group in planetary explorations right in your own facility, covering the astronomy of the night sky and the legends it has inspired around the world!
Call (314) 521-6205 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and more information.
Both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts can participate in a wide range of activities including ones that will help them earn badges. Scouts will be abe to do hands-on activities such as making and launching paper airplanes and gliders, building a model rocket, discovering Earth's satellites (man made and natural), and learning how astronauts travel to space and keep their bodies safe when they do space walks.
Girl Scouts Journey Sessions Now Available
Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts can now complete several requirements for the new Journeys program. Programs include the WOW! Wonders of Water Journey session for Brownies, the Get Moving Journey session for Juniors and options to include requirements for the Cadettes Breathe and the Senior Journey, Sow What?
We also offer Our Own Council Badges for Brownies and Girl Scouts as well as an overnight program just for Girl Scouts!
Please call the Challenger Learning Center at (314) 521-6205 for available program dates and times.
2012-13 Boy Scout programs
Workshops for Bears, Webelos, and Boy Scouts are available at the Challenger Learning Center. Bear Scouts can earn Arrow Points for the Space Elective Badge, Webelos can participate in the Scientist Activity Badge workshop and Boy Scouts can earn their Space Exploration Badge (with a minimal of pre-requisite work). New this year are Electricity and Astronomy Merit Badge workshops for Boy Scouts.
Experience an out-of-this-world summer camp experience at one or more of the Challenger Learning Center's Summer Space Adventures! Dates, cost and other details for the 2012 season will be available in late fall.
Go to our "Press Room" to see photos from some of our recent summer camps!
The Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis offers a unique corporate program designed to promote teamwork, problem-solving, decision-making and communication skills. By participating in a hands-on, innovative, simulated space mission, employees and employers will face the same challenges and problems encountered by astronauts in space.
Option 1: Simulated space mission only
Spend three hours in state-of-the-art space simulation environments and complete the Voyage to Mars™, Return to the Moon™ or Rendezvous with a Comet™ mission. All missions include a briefing session and a facilitated discussion of how to apply what's been learned to the working environment.
Option 2: Simulated space mission and additional team-building activities
Spend three hours participating in one of the simulated space missions listed in Option 1, plus participate in additional team-building and communication activities. Meals/light refreshments can be provided at an additional cost.
Option 3: Full-day program
Experience a full day at the Challenger Learning Center. Participate in one of the simulated space missions listed in Option 1, plus additional hands-on activities such as rocket building that will enhance communication and teamwork skills. Meals can be provided at an additional cost.
When available, dates for Public Missions are posted on our Calendar.
(NOTE: public missions are subject to cancellation if there are fewer than 14 people signed up. Participants will be notified of any cancellation.)
Have a cosmic birthday celebration at the Challenger Learning Center!
This two-hour program includes a mini-mission, a private room, cake, invitations and other far-out festivities. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Call (314) 521-6205 or download a birthday party flyer.
Become a member of the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis to extend your space experience throughout the entire year! Our membership program is designed to enhance your space adventure beyond a single mission. Member benefits include public mission vouchers gift shop certificates, and discounts on summer camps and birthday parties.
Applications may be mailed, faxed or brought in to:
Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis
205 Brotherton Lane
St. Louis, MO 63135
fax (314) 524-3764