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Challenger’s e-Missions connect Mission Control with classrooms anywhere in the world for unique, interactive learning adventures that allow teachers to utilize technology. Challenger’s e-Missions are a motivating way to engage students with the power of math and science in real-life situations.
Working in teams, students apply their critical thinking skills to make recommendations that may potentially save lives. Prior to the mission, students complete classroom "training" activities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills.
Prior to the mission, students complete classroom "training" activities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. Then, working in teams, students apply their critical thinking skills to make recommendations that may save lives.
For teachers, the mission and the pre-mission curriculum are a new way to introduce various science and math topics. Resources for teachers include: training workshops, all lesson plans, assessment materials, and online support. The mission package also includes technology support to help teachers prepare their classrooms for mission day.
Space Station Alpha – Grades 9 and up
Ninety three million miles away a major solar flare is about to erupt. The GOES-8 satellite detects and transmits early warning data to Mission Control. Mission Control must warn the astronauts aboard the Space Station and help guide them through this dangerous event.
– Grades 6 and up
With the help of computers, the Internet and satellite imaging, students interact with the flight director to track the hurricane, predict volcanic rock fall and determine how these conditions will impact the island’s air, land, water and vegetation. The e-Mission allows students to participate as Earth Systems Science Experts using distance learning technologies.
Moon, Mars and Beyond – Grades 3 and up
On mission day, the students are in Mars Mission Control anxiously awaiting the arrival of a space ship that is launching from the lunar base. The space ship is on a rescue mission. It has been five days since a research vessel exploring the outer regions of our solar system has checked in with the Mars base. They are thought to be lost or having communication problems. The rescue ship just launched from the Moon will hopefully bring the two astronaut crews back to the Mars station safely. The rescue ship will have to stop at the Mars base to pick up the supplies needed for the rescue of the astronauts and for the trip back to Mars.