Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West

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Inspiring. . . Exploring. . . Learning

What is the Challenger Learning Center?

As a leader in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education; Challenger Center and its international network of more than 40 Challenger Learning Centers use space-themed simulated learning environments to engage students in dynamic, hands-on opportunities.  These experiences strengthen knowledge in STEM subjects and inspire students to pursue careers in these important fields.  Founded in 1986, the Challenger Learning Center program was created to honor the crew of shuttle flight STS-51L. Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West is part of a global network that reaches hundreds of thousands of students and tens of thousands of teachers each year.  To learn more, visit www.challenger.org.  

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. 

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 (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.

Our Mission & Vision

Our Mission

Engage students and teachers in dynamic, hands-on exploration and discovery opportunities that strengthen knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), inspire students to pursue careers in these fields, and provide an outlet to learn and apply important life skills.

Our Vision

Build a scientifically literate public and shape our future leaders to help improve quality of life across the globe – not just through pragmatic teaching, but by the power of vision, inspiration, and innovation.

 

 

 

 

Schedule Your Mission Today!

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

We are scheduling missions for the 2016-2017 school year.  We book up quickly, so reserve your spot today!

Call 419-725-5926 or email challengerlc@esclakeeriewest.org to schedule your mission today!


BP Thank you for the generous Challenge Grant provides 50% matching funds to qualified schools interested in going on missions to the Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West!

Download your BP Challenge Grant Application Today!  

Once complete, fax to Brenda Gift at 419-245-6201 or email to bgift@esclakeeriewest.org.

 

Mission Logo Return to the Moon Grades 5+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 Return to the Moon.


The Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West Return to the Moon Mission aligns with Ohio's New Learning Standards!

Language Arts - Math - Social Studies - Science


Group Size:  16 - 34

Age Group:  5th and above    

Program Costs:  

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

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
  • Monday—Friday                     
  • 9:00am—11:30 am*                
  • 12:15pm—2:45 pm*

*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 scheduled 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

 

 

 

Students at Mission ControlChallenger Clean RoomStudents on Shuttle during mission


Program Documents (click to download)

Crew Manifest          

Media Release     Mission Patch    

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


Job Descriptions for Mission Participants:

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 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.  The press team interviews the mission controllers and astronauts and prepares articles and news releases about the mission.


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

Voyage to Mars LogoVoyage 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.


The Voyage to Mars aligns with Ohio's New Learning Standards for 7th grade through High School!

Language Arts - Math - Science - Social Studies


Group Size:  16-34

Age Group:  6th and above                               

Program Costs: 

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

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

  • Monday—Friday                     
  • 9:00 am—11:30 am*                
  • 12:15 pm—2:45 pm*

*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 scheduled 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!

 

Mars  Mars with planetsNext stop Mars


Program Documents (click to download)

​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

 

 

Micronaut Patch Micronaut Mission PK-4

With the addition of the Micronauts program, our Challenger Learning Center has opened its airlock doors to space adventures for students in grades PK-4. With their natural curiosity and excitement about space and space travel, these students are the perfect age for an awe-inspiring learning experience. Students begin their mission in our transporter as we travel 230 miles above Earth to the International Space Station As we dock with the space station, students step inside our one-of-a-kind Micronauts simulator. There they become astronauts and scientists for the day as they conduct a series of innovative, standards-based, hands-on activities and experiments. This endeavor challenges students to learn principals of science, math, engineering, and important early messages about cooperation and problem solving—all while having fun! The Micronauts program is a unique opportunity designed to provide you and your students an unforgettable encounter with space, science, and technology.


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!

 

 

 

 

StarLabStarLab 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 bringing 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:                   

Up to 30 for elementary students; Up to 25 middle or high school students.

We offer the Star Field, Moon Phases, Greek Mythology and Native American Mythology planetarium programs! 

Program Cost:

  • $150 for the 1st group
  • $125 for the 2nd group
  • $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!

Tiger Team Mission Logo When Things go Wrong A Space SimulationTiger Team: When Things Go Wrong (Distance Learning)

Click HERE for a Distance Learning brochure.

Grades 6-12

The Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West offers distance learning opportunities that will bring the excitement of a simulated space emergency into your classroom.  True to the Challenger Center philosophy, this simulation emphasizes experiential activities that promote teamwork, problem solving, communication and decision making skills. The "Tiger Team" seeks to find the solution to the oxygen emergency that faced the crew of Apollo 13 (grades 5-12) or the STS-114 heat shield problem (grades 9-12).  Your students will devise solutions, test these solutions, modify and retest as needed, and instruct the spacecraft commander as to the implementation of the solution. 

What if your school doesn't have a distance learning room or equipment?  No problem!  If you have an internet connected computer in your classroom, we can connect by video calling using a webcam.  We will loan the webcam if you do not have one available.  If you have a distance learning room or a Polycom conferencing system, we can also connect using those technologies.

Length:  approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour (one class period)

Fee:  $175

Note:  The program fee includes the curriculum, use of the pre-connection activity materials, distance connection activity materials and teacher training.  Prior teacher training may be completed via webinar and will take approximately 1 hour online.

Call 419-725-5926 or email challengerlc@esclakeeriewest.org if you have further questions or to schedule your Tiger Team Distance Learning experience today!

The effects of space flight on the human body - convocation for up to 300Effects of Space Flight on the Human 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!


 

The History of American Space Flight Convocation for up to 300

History of American Space Flight

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 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!

 

 

Call today to book a night with the Challenger crew!

  • We come to your school or program.
  • We will customize your event based on participants.
  • The following may be incorporated:
    • ​StarLab - portable planetarium presentations
    • NASA Expo
    • STEAM centers - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math activities that participants of all ages will enjoy!
    • Presentations from Effects of Space on the Human Body to the History of Space Exploration!
  • Prices vary depend on the time and materials involved.  Call today for a quote.

Image of Scout BadgesBadge Programs for Scouts

We offer a variety of Scout Merit Badge programs.  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. 

 

 

 

Current Scout Merit Badge Programs:

Astronomy

Environmental Science

Exploration

Insects

Nature

Oceanography

Robotics

Signs, Signals, Codes

Soil and Water Conservation

Space Exploration

Weather

Exciting times are ahead! The Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West has upgraded!

We have new and exciting information, materials and resources to share!

Our trainings are engaging and interactive. They run for four hours and are offered both during the work week and evenings.

 

Return to the Moon Teacher Trainings

 

March 20 Monday 12:00pm-4:00pm

 

Voyage to Mars Teacher Trainings

 

February 27 Monday 12:00pm-8:00pm

March 22 Wednesday 4:00pm-8:00pm

 

*Registration for trainings must be received twenty-four hours in advance of the scheduled training.

Please complete the following form to schedule your training!  Call 419-725-5926 for more information.

 

Fees

Program Fees are listed under the individual programs. A combined sheet of Board approved Challenger Learning Center Fees can be found here.

Check here for the latest news and updates about the Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West.

Challenger Learning Center Staff


 

Brenda Gift

Director of Student Services

 

 
 

Tyler O'Brien

 

Tyler O'Brien

Interactive Science Specialist Team Leader

 

 

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Maureen Davis

Interactive Science Specialist

Charles Wunderlich

Interactive Science Specialist

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Tony Renwand

Interactive Science Specialist

Sally Hower

Interactive Science Specialist

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Sue Stamm

Interactive Science Specialist

 

 

 
 

Beth Tolson

Administrative Assistant

 

 

Staff Members - click HERE to access your email.

Mission & Outreach Scheduling

Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West
4955 Seaman Road
Oregon, Ohio 43616
challengerlc@esclakeeriewest.org
(419) 725-5926 (Office)
(419) 245-6201 (Fax)
 
Tyler O'Brien
Interactive Science Specialist Team Leader
419-725-5926 (Office)
 

Brenda Gift, Ed. S.
Director of Student Services
(419) 246-3120 (Office)
(419) 245-6201 (Fax)

 

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Welcome to the Cool 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.

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

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

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?

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:

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

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