The Challenger Learning Center mission simulator offers middle & high school students a totally immersive, hands-on STEM education experience that is like nothing else. Our mission scenarios put young learners in charge of a simulated space flight to the red planet, the Moon, or studying the Climate Change from the International Space Station. For 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.
A recent coronal mass ejection has destroyed a vital space satellite responsible for gathering key Earth science information. Working together, the team at Mission Control and another aboard the Space Station, must build a new micro satellite to replace the one lost. However, traveling into orbit during this time of increased solar activity poses risks of its own.
It is the year 2076. Humans have established a permanent settlement on the Martian moon Phobos. Daily space shuttle travels to the Martian surface carrying scientists and engineers who are exploring the surface in search for signs of ancient life. The discovery of frozen surface water has allowed scientists to break down into hydrogen and oxygen to assist in the creation of liquid fuel. With the possibility of a near astroid collision, teams will need to remain on high alert and handle any repercussions that come along with an impact.
Two teams set out for the moon to help with the expansion of Moonbase Alpha. Together they must navigate through space, to the moon and choose a suitable location for mining resources needed for the expansion of lunar research. However, scouting locations are dangerous and the choices the crews will need to make impact not only the success of their mission, but also the health and safety of each other.
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