Challenger Center transports students to a cutting-edge Mission Control room and a high-tech space station for an unforgettable learning experience! 

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challenger teamwork crewDuring the Expedition Mars mission, students take on the roles of scientists working in mission control on Mars’ moon Phobos and astronauts working on the surface of Mars. They work together to collect Martian geological data, determine and assess evidence of life and water on Mars, and physically build a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) which will seek a new source of water on the Martian surface. Tasks completed during the mission will allow students to increase their understanding of the following major topics:

  • The relationship between freshwater resources and geologic processes on Mars and the Earth;
  • The interdependence between biotic and abiotic factors that exist in ecosystems;
  • The impact of energy transfer between the Sun and planetary climate and biotic/abiotic systems;
  • How remote sensing has enabled us to observe our dynamic planets in ways that would otherwise be impossible.
  • The use and interpretation of charts, graphs, and maps as applied in space exploration.
  • The importance of working collaboratively and creatively as a team to problem solve relevant challenges.

Class size is limited to 32 students. Standards of Learning: 2010 Science (6.1, 6.3, 6.5, 6.6, 6.8); 2010 Earth Science: (ES.3, ES.6, ES. 8, ES.11, ES.12); 2010 Life Science (LS.6, LS.9); 2010 Physical Science (PS.6, PS.7); 2012 Computer Technology: (C/T 6–8.1, C/T 6–8.10, C/T 6–8.13)



Quotes from students

Consortium student
Consortium student
This was the most fun I've had at school in forever! I want to come back soon and do it again.
Consortium student
Consortium student
That was awesome. I felt the pressure when we were trying to figure out fixing the satellite. We were able to do it because we worked as a team.


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