The Dresser-Rand Challenger Learning Center is proud to announce its newest mission:

S.P.A.C.E. ACADEMY

(Space Program and Curriculum Enrichment Academy)

(Pre-K to Grade 4)

DISCOVERY LAB

Aspiring scientists, engineers, and mathematicians are engaged in a variety of hands on experiments as they rotate within the lab at 10-20 minute intervals.  Students work in pairs to foster working together. The usual visit would involve a 10-minute briefing and 2-3 rotations based on grade level. This can be increased to as many rotations as are requested, along with a small addition cost.

 

S.P.A.C.E. Academy Selection Program

A typical experience is to bring a school bus of 50 to 60 students and divide them into two groups. For the first hour, one group begins in the Discovery Lab and the other group is engaged in the grade level EVA.   Groups then switch for the second hour.  

1 hour block-Discovery Lab only... $275

(One (1) class or group, up to 25 students total)

 

2 hour block-Discovery Lab and 1 EVA ... $500

(Two (2) classes or groups, up to 50 students total)

 

3 hour block-Discovery Lab and 2 EVAs ... $700

(Three (3) classes or groups, up to 75 students total)

 

4 hour block-Discovery Lab and 3 EVAs ... $850

(Four (4) classes or groups, up to 100 students total)

 

FOR A REGISTRATION FORM, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW

EVA(s) (Extra Venue Activity)

EVAs are 30-60 minute hands on, whole group STEM activities, all tied to Common-Core & NGSS standards.  Each EVA is specifically designed for each grade level's abilities.

PRE-K EVAs-INTERACTIVE SOLAR SYSTEM: students simulate the movement of planets (30 min.); THE OTHER LITTLE PIG: students build a house for "the other little pig" out of Zoomtools (30 min.); STEM STORIES: students work together to help the main character solve a problem through design, development and testing (60 min.)

KINDERGARTEN EVAs-S.P.A.C.E. TRAINING: as a team, students train to become astronauts. Reinforces that astronauts need to be healthy, good readers, mathematicians, problem solvers and productive team members (60 min.); STEM STORIES: students work together to help the main character solve a problem through design, development and testing (60 min.) 

GRADE 1 EVAs-MICROROCKETS: students learn about the 3 basic parts of a rocket and Newton's Three Laws of Motion while building, launching and measuring distance using nonstandard measurement (60 min.); STEM STORIES: students work together to help the main character solve a problem through design, development and testing (different than Kindergarten story) (60 min.) 

GRADE 2 EVAs-LESSONS IN LIGHT: students learn about reflecting and refracting light and how we use both to discover more about our Solar System (60 min.): INTERACTIVE CIRCULATORY SYSTEM: students learn about the 4 basic components of blood, analyze a "blood sample", observe how our lungs work, and walk through the human circulatory system on Earth and in space (60 min.)

GRADE 3 EVAs-COTTON BALL CATAPULTS: students learn about Newton's Three Laws of Motion, work together to build a catapult, launch 3 different projectiles, collect data, analyze data, and identify where they see evidence of Newton's Three Laws of Motion (60 min.); IT'S MAGIC (or is it?): Astound your parents! Amaze your friends! Students perform fabulous feats of magic (and learn a little science in the process) (60 min.)

GRADE 4 EVAs-BROWN BAG IT: students work in teams of 2-3 to meet the challenge contained in their bag.  Each team solves one of 12 different challenges covering such topics as simple machines, magnets, engineering, motion, hydraulics and wind power.  Each team reports their findings to the rest of the group (60 min.); IT'S ELECTRIFYING: Using the basic concepts of electricity , students will troubleshoot a variety of circuits using voltmeters (60 min.)

NEW WORLD 2.0: after suiting up (helmet, backpack, gloves) students voyage to a newly discovered planet via our transporter room and examine the planet for "signs of life" (water, rocks, geodes, fossils, etc.) (60 min.)

New World 2.0

New World 2.0

Note: GROUPS COMPLETE THE FIRST EVA LISTED DURING THE 2-HOUR BLOCK (DISCOVERY LAB AND 1 EVA): FIRST EVA LISTED IS COMPLETED DURING THE 3-HOUR BLOCK (DISCOVERY LAB, 1 EVA AND NEW WORLD 2.0) : BOTH EVAs ARE COMPLETED DURING THE 4-HOUR BLOCK (DISCOVERY LAB, 2 EVAs AND NEW WORLD 2.0)

ALTERNATE EVA (dependent on Commander availability)-TRAINS, TRAINS, TRAINS: students build a train track "circuit" and test the track with the Challenger Express. Working together in a cooperative group, students take an active role in building the physical and electrical circuit. Problem solving in groups is stressed. Adaptable for all age groups. (60 min. up to 2 hrs.)

Other EVAs are in development stages and will be added throughout the year.  Check back with the Center and Web Page.

 

CREW MANIFESTS DEPEND ON AGE GROUP AND WILL BE SENT TO YOU UPON REGISTRATION.

This whole experience was fantastic for the students. They were engaged and learning all afternoon. - Time flew - I couldn’t believe our time was up at the end of the day! I believe every grade level should come. The students could then rotate through all the stations by the time they get to 6th grade. It is all very educational and definitely will help with their State Science, ELA and Math tests. It all goes together.
— Lisa Morrow, 3rd grade teacher, Hinsdale Central School, Hinsdale
Fantastic day! I am very excited to see where this crew of teachers take this! The sky is a limit!
— Mr. Ed, Principal, Genesee Valley School, Belmont
It is very hard to teach to this grade level, at times, and I felt all three presenters did a wonderful job! The kids enjoyed it very much!
— Julie Hirlman, Kindergarten teacher, Washington West School, Olean
Thank you for a wonderful day! The kids had such a fantastic learning experience today!
— Katlyn Hillard, 4th grade, School Street Elementary, Bradford
Overall great experience for the kids. They learned while having the ability to communicate and have some fun.
— Patrick Swanson, 4th grade teacher, School Street Elementary, Bradford
What a great learning opportunity for our students. Thank you!
— Rachel Brisky, 1st grade teacher, Franklinvill Central School, Franklinville