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Challenger Center and Sarah Brightman Launch STEM Initiative

This September, Challenger Advisory Board Member Sarah Brightman will travel to the International Space Station (ISS) to fulfill her lifelong dream of traveling to space. To commemorate Sarah's once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and recognize how combing the arts with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEAM) can unlock creative thinking and innovation, Challenger Center and Sarah will launch a larger-than-life program to excite students around the world about space and engage students in a unique STEM challenge.  

Full program details will be announced later this Springs. Visit for more information.


Learning Launched by Outstanding Content

Space, the compelling “final frontier,” is the setting for educational enrichment and excellence through age-appropriate on-site and distance-delivered interactive programs aligned with national and state STEM education standards and promoting educational excellence.

Educator Training: A full day of on-site training and up to six weeks of classroom resource 

        materials and lesson plans for teachers to prepare their classes.

Teachers for distance-delivered “e-Mission” scenarios receive their training and relevant materials online via interactive, synchronous, two-way audio and video broadband.

High School Missions: To Planets and to the Rescue!

Students work together to solve tough problems in a real-world environment while experiencing 100% engagement and 100% participation. This foundation provides an excellent opportunity for educators and students to dialog about successes and struggles.

Voyage to Mars (Grade 8 and up, on-site): In 2076 the latest human crew enters Martian orbit, arriving on a transport vehicle from Earth. The new crew is specially trained to continue explorations of Mars’ two moons while overcoming emergencies and environmental variables.

Space Station Alpha (Grade 9 and up, e-mission): Applying the physics, biology and chemistry of solar radiation, students protect the International Space Station from the dangers of a major solar flare eruption. Two elective physics credits are available through University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS).


Middle School Missions: Earth and Space Science

Middle school is a critical age for engaging students in studies related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Challenger programs will launch their love for learning through missions tailored to their cognitive levels, skills and interests.

Rendezvous with a Comet (Grade 6 and up, on-site): Scientists and engineers take on a daring exploration of comets, plotting a rendezvous course, launching a probe, collecting scientific data and surviving surprises and emergencies.

Operation Montserrat (Grade 6 and up, e-mission): Earth science experts use computers, the Internet and satellite imaging to determine how a simultaneous hurricane and volcanic eruption will impact the environment and the safety of the inhabitants of a small Caribbean island.

Voyage to Mars (Grade 8 and up, on-site): It’s 2076. The latest human crew arrives on a transport vehicle from Earth and enters Martian orbit. The new crew is specially trained to continue explorations of Mars’ two moons while overcoming emergencies and environmental variables.


Elementary Programs: Hands-On Learning

In programs aligned to national and Colorado State education standards and building basic science and math skills, students work in small groups so that every child enjoys the opportunity to learn while using all senses. Elementary students have a blast in this series of programs that build progressively!

Pioneer & Gemini  (Preschool & Kindergarten): discoveries about day and night, the Sun,                                     the Moon and Earth.
Voyager I (Grade 1): Take an imaginative exploratory mission to Earth using various hands-                   on discoveries.
Voyager II (Grade 2): Explore the wonder and reality of spaceflight
Voyager III (Grade 3):  Our Solar System and the broad range of celestrial objects it                                  contains 

Moon, Mars and Beyond (Grades 3–5, e-mission): A research vessel exploring the outer regions of our solar system may be lost. A rescue ship is being launched from the Lunar Base. Students in Mars Control must determine the amount of cargo required, locate the missing astronauts, and safely return all crews to Mars.

Return to the Moon (Grade 4 and up, on-site): The year is 2025. For the first time since the final Apollo mission in 1972, humanity returns to the Moon. The crew has come to establish a permanent lunar base that will be used for making cosmic observations, studying the feasibility of developing a self-sustaining off-planet settlement, and creating a stepping stone for human planetary exploration. 



Also see our Traveling Programs for opportunities to have our Flight Directors come to your school!



Satellite Tool Kit for Your Classroom 

Have you admired the AGI Satellite Tool Kit (STK) that we use in our onsite simulator missions to show the paths of objects traveling through space?  Would you like to have that capability at your school, in your classroom?  You may be able to get your own copy -- for free!  Click on the AGI logo below.

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