ABOUT CHALLENGER LEARNING CENTER NEW MEXICO
The Challenger Center New Mexico completely engages students in an exciting simulated space mission adventure that includes a realistic Mission Control room and an orbiting Space Station, produced with guidance from NASA. Students are momentarily transformed into astronauts, scientists, engineers, researchers, journalists, even artists as they work collaboratively to solve problems, make decisions and share in the thrill of victory.
The mission is accomplished when the student crews come away inspired with a life-long passion for exploration and learning that will help them command their own destinies.
Dedicated to the educational spirit of the space shuttle Challenger Mission 51-L, the Challenger Center for Space Science Education develops learning centers and other educational programs worldwide to engage students in science, technology, engineering, and math education. The Challenger Learning Center New Mexico is part of a network of over 50 centers around the world.
Challenger Learning Center New Mexico uses students’ natural enthusiasm for space to create innovative learning experiences for imaginative minds. By transforming the way teachers teach and students learn, the Challenger Learning Center is creating a new generation of explorers.
THE CHALLENGER EXPERIENCE
A visit to the Challenger Learning Center is not a field trip – it’s a unique hands-on learning experience that completely engages students in an exciting simulated space mission that includes a realistic mission control and an orbiting spacecraft – produced with guidance from NASA. Students are transformed into astronauts, scientists, engineers, and researchers as they work collaboratively to solve problems, make decisions, and share in the thrill of victory through accomplishing their mission.
ALIGNMENT WITH STATE ACADEMIC CONTENT STANDARD
Curriculum Connection – At a Glance
All simulation programs align with national and state science, math, language arts, and social studies standards.
Message to Teachers…
The Challenger Learning Center simulation is a great opportunity for students of any age, with special emphasis on grades 5 – 8 and 9 – 12, to do science in a fun, yet educational way. The activities offered cover topics in physics, chemistry, earth science, and biology. Plans for all the activities are provided, but the teacher can adapt the program to different abilities and grade levels.
Key Benchmarks Addressed
- Understand the processes of scientific investigation and how scientific inquiry results in scientific knowledge.
- Use scientific methods to develop questions, design and conduct experiments using appropriate technologies, analyze and evaluate results, make predictions, and communicate findings.
- Use mathematical ideas, tools, and techniques to understand scientific knowledge.
- Describe and explain forces that produce motion in objects.
- Describe how the concepts of energy, matter, and force can be used to explain the observed behavior of the solar system, the universe, and their structures.
- And more…