Museum sending Chester-East Lincoln
students to Challenger Learning Center
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[NOV. 12, 2004]
In February of 2005, a group
of seventh-grade science students from Chester-East Lincoln School,
with sponsorship from the Heritage In Flight Museum, will attend the
Challenger Learning Center in Bloomington. The center's facility is
set up to realistically simulate a NASA mission control center and
space station. The hands-on tour gives students the opportunity to
work as a team, with individualized skills, to creatively solve
problems and learn from them.
The local aviation museum elected to
send a group of area elementary students to the center after HIF
members toured the facility at the Bloomington Airport.
Chester-East Lincoln science teacher Doug Rader will lead the field
trip. Mr. Rader attended the Challenger Center in October to receive
one-on-one training from the center's certified teachers. The
teacher training session is designed to give science teachers the
tools necessary to present a special module to their students before
the actual trip to the center in February.
The students will use the skills gained in their preparation to
participate in a simulated space mission, with the class divided
between ground controllers and astronauts on a space station in
orbit. The students will switch roles during the half-day mission in
order to get experience at very position. Certified teachers at the
center will lead the mission.
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Challenger Learning Centers, located throughout the United
States, are the local sites for the Challenger Center for Space
Science Education, headquartered in Alexandria, Va. The center was
organized to continue the educational mission that was tragically
cut short during the Challenger shuttle mission in 1986.
The Heritage In Flight Museum is located at the Logan County
Airport. The museum contains aviation displays from the earliest
days of flying to the present, with special emphasis on spreading
the word through educational outreach that aviation is a vital part
of our community. In addition to the museum, HIF also has several
flying aircraft used for member flight lessons. It is the intent of
HIF to sponsor a class from the community each year to travel to the
Challenger Learning Center.