E-Missions are simulated, problem-based, learning adventures delivered right into the classroom via distance learning technology. With the use of the internet and video conferencing equipment, these “live” scenarios are conducted in your classroom by a Flight Director at Mission Control from the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska. The eMission is a student-centered, team-based interactive educational experience that uses scientifically accurate data to solve problems. Participating classes assemble as emergency response teams and then connect via technology to the Flight Director at Mission Control. All teams work together with Mission Control to handle the problem situation as the scenario unfolds. Every few minutes, new data is received in the classroom via satellite. Teams will then use this data to perform calculations, create graphs, and assess the situation. The expert teams will then update Mission Control and make recommendations based on their analysis.
- 3-5 Computers with internet access (number will vary depending on class size)
For an Alaskan Themed Option:
Alaska on Alert
An earthquake in the Pacific Ocean has triggered a tsunami wave headed for the Alaskan coast. Separated into a Tsunami team, Earthquake team, Evacuation team, and Communication team, the Emergency Response Crew manages the situation, providing key information and updates to coordinate the evacuation efforts of the town they deem to be in the most danger. Utilizing math, science, map reading, research, problem solving, and communication skills, the four teams provide Challenger Mission Control with recommendations for securing the safety of the coastal residents. Please note that students complete this distance learning mission in their own classroom, with CLCA staff commanding over a live video feed. The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska provides all the necessary components for each participating class to have a successful mission. Each distance learning mission provided by CLCA includes a wealth of mission preparation lessons all aligned with state standards and grade level expectations. Teachers are encouraged to complete every pre-mission lesson in their classroom but if time is a limiting factor there are four essential lessons. Funded in part by Alaska Space Grant- For Grades 7-12
- 5 or more computers with internet access (number will vary depending on class size)