VIRTUAL MISSIONS

Virtual Simulated Missions *FREE UNTIL END OF 2020*

Give Your Students a Virtual Space Mission Experience!

  Destination Mars 

Researchers are ready to explore Mars,
but there’s one glaring problem – more
than 40 million miles separate Earth from
Mars. Students will go on a mission to
analyze data and determine which of the
Red Planet’s moons is the best location
for building a research base.

  Destination Moon

Coming Soon

 

  • Designed for 5-6 grade students and aligned
    to national education standards
  • Minimum number of students 8 to 28
  • 1-hour experience delivered from start to
    finish by a CLCA Flight Director
  • Perfect for remote, hybrid, and socially
    distant classrooms
  • Features small group and whole class
    activities
  • Students need a device with audio and
    video capability and an internet connection
  • No handouts or supplies needed
$300 a Mission
Can accommodate between 8 and 28 students
Call to Book one Today

Classroom Adventures!        *FREE UNTIL END OF 2020*

Classroom Adventures is a suite of digital experiences that drives student collaboration and delivers STEM content in the context of real-world scenarios.
Each Adventure serves as a launch point to earth science, life science, and/or physical science units in 3rd-5th grade classrooms and includes three, one-hour blocks of programming – an interactive simulation, a problem-based learning engineering activity, and a nonfiction writing activity.
Throughout each Adventure, students role-play STEM careers as they work individually, in small groups, and in whole group settings.

To inquire or purchase licenses for your classroom call us 907-283-2000 or email laura.mese@akchallenger.org

Designed by Teachers for Teachers

  • Done in the Classroom
  • Groups of 4-35 students
  • Simple, one-hour online training embedded in software
  • Software ease of use rated a 4.6 out of 5 (5 = very easy)
  •  Ability to set class reading levels
  •  Read aloud and closed caption functionality
  • Integrated student assessment 
  • Aligned to NGSS and Common Core Standards. It has also been aligned to Alaska specific state standards.
  • Administered by the Teacher in the classroom, or guided through by our Flight Director
  • Can be extended over weeks of curriculum, with a written portion and an engineering portion
  • Program can be paused and continued over several days
  • Three themes to choose from: Dirt Decoders, coming soon: Aquatic Investigators and Nature Randers
  • Three one-hour components per Adventure:

    Simulation
    Engineering Activity
    Science Writing Exercise

    Program Goals
    Deepen Student Engagement
    • Increase Self-Efficacy
    • Develop Collaborative Problem-Solving Skills
    • Role-Play STEM Careers
Adventures

Aquatic Investigators
The Commander of an undersea lab asks students to determine why Hawaiian monk seals are missing from their usual home in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. As they work to find the answer, a seaquake takes place and damages the undersea lab. The team must work together to quickly repair the lab and ensure the safety of the crew. Only when the crisis is averted can the group return to their search for the Hawaiian monk seals.
Dirt Decoders
A paleontologist in the American Southwest finds two ground sloth bones in a place they don’t belong and calls on students to determine where they came from, how they got there, and where the rest of the bones are located. As they examine a series of scientific breadcrumbs the students learn that a nearby geologist is trapped in a flooded cave. They must rescue the geologist and then return to decode their findings.
Nature Rangers
A park ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains asks students to identify a plant that may not be native to the area. They find that the plant is invasive and begin working to remove it quickly. But when a bridge leading to their supplies is washed out by a storm, the students must use teamwork to access what they need. Only then can they continue their work of eliminating the invasive plant and saving the Great Smoky Mountains.

E-Missions - (Temporarily Unavailable)

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. The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska provides all the necessary components for each participating class to have a successful mission.  Each mission provided by CLCA includes a wealth of mission preparation lessons all aligned with state standards and grade level expectations.  Teachers will have the option of applying every mission prep lesson to their classroom or to simply select three essential lessons if time is a limiting factor.  Furthermore,  CLCA will provide a live video conference(s) to each classroom as they prepare for the big mission. eMissions:   2.5 hours Discounted School/Class Rate: $500

Moon, Mars, and Beyond
for Grades 3-5logoMMB  

Operation Montserrat
for Grades 6-8     OMlogo

Requirements:
  • In classroom setting
  • Students team up to work at a station together
  • 3-5 Computers with internet access (number will vary depending on class size)
  • Webcam with internal or external microphone

For an Alaskan Themed Option:

Alaska on Alert, for Grades 7-12 

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- and Marathon Petroleum  

Pre Mission Curriculum

Mission Materials