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How are Students Prepared for School Missions?
Classroom teachers/staff attend training prior to the mission.
Concepts are taught prior to the mission.
Curriculum based follow-up activities are used in the classroom after the mission.
Highly qualified educators guide each mission using an inquiry approach resulting in students creating, researching and answering key questions.
Who Can Attend?
Groups of up to 34 participants may attend a mission.
Youth groups such as day camps, scout troops, and church groups can attend evening, weekends and during summer as a team building event.
Adult, business and corporate groups attend for teamwork, leadership, decision making, and problem-solving skills in this unique environment.
What Does It Cost?
School and youth missions for up to 34 students cost $600.00. This includes teacher training. There are scholarships available at the beginning of every school year..
Customized corporate/business missions are $1,000. Please call for details.
Are there any dangers involved?
The simulation does not involve any kind of ride or being lifted or turned in any way.
The Indianapolis Challenger Learning Center is handicap accessible.
How Long Does It Take? Can a Student Attend Again?
The average school/ youth mission takes 2 1/2 hours.
Corporate and adult group missions can be 3 hours, half day, or full day.
Participants may attend multiple times, doing different missions or jobs.
What are Some Key Outcomes?
Hands-on application of authentic Math and Science skills.
Increase positive attitudes toward STEM careers.
Improve critical thinking, leadership and life skills.
Promote standards-based best practices in teaching and learning.
What is the Challenger Learning Center?
A space science simulation for young people in grades 5 and older with additional opportunities for adult leadership training groups.
Challenger Center of Indianapolis offers 3 different simulations each based on National Academic Standards.
Individuals assume the role of a mission specialist operating a spacecraft and Mission Control to navigate the spacecraft and complete the mission.
Individuals work as a team performing jobs that simulate STEM careers in the 21st century.
Individuals conduct experiments and model real astronauts during their space mission.