Challenger Learning Center hosting launch day celebration for Space
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[November 02, 2016]
- The Challenger Learning Center (CLC) at Heartland Community
College was selected as an official “Mission Support Center” to help
launch preschool television show Space Racers on its new network,
Sprout TV. As a result, the CLC is inviting families to attend Space
Racers: Countdown to Launch on Saturday, November 5 from 10:00 a.m.
Space Racers is an animated series that introduces preschoolers to
exciting, humorous tales of action and adventure in space, on Earth
and on other planets in the solar system. It hopes to inspire a new
generation of future astronauts and scientists.
CLC Flight Director Susan Evens says it’s a great opportunity to be
chosen as a mission support center for the show’s launch. “Part of
our mission to engage individuals in dynamic activities that
strengthen knowledge in STEM (science, technology, engineering and
math). Having this kind of event is a great way to introduce young
children to space and STEM learning.”
The event includes a skype session with retired NASA astronaut and
Space Shuttle commander Robert L. “Hoot” Gibson. He’ll be live from
“Mission Control” at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville,
AL and will help countdown the launch of Space Racers’ first episode
on Sprout. Attendees will also skype with representatives from the
show, participate in hands-on science activities and receive an
iron-on mission patch.
Registration for the event is requested and can be done by calling
Heartland’s Continuing Education department at 309-268-8160. A per
child registration fee will be charged, parents will be admitted at
In addition to launch day celebrations, Space Racers kicked off a
nationwide contest to engage future astronauts. Now through November
6, participants can enter to win an all-expenses paid trip to Space
Camp for their family or a one-year family membership to a science
museum. To enter, parents can bring their children to the CLC and
snap a photo of them in front of the Space Racers banner. Details
and entry forms are available at contest.spaceracers.org.
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About Space Racers
Space Racers follows Eagle, Robyn,
Hawk, Starling, Raven and their fellow cadets as they explore the
solar system and the universe. Headmaster Crane, Professor Coot and
other faculty members of the Stardust Bay Space Academy guide the
cadets on missions that cover heliophysics, earth science, planetary
science and astrophysics among many science disciplines explained at
a preschool level.
The stunning CGI animation plus authentic sounds and images from
outer space provided by NASA bring the richness of space and
diversity of planetary landscapes, as well as the characters,
vividly to life for young minds.
Season two focuses on some important emotional issues, including
bullying and growing up with physical challenges, by introducing new
Stardust Space Academy cadets like brash transfer student Kite and
young Merlin, a rocket born with one short wing.
Season one of Space Racers is currently available on Netflix and the
characters are available via the Space Racers app for iTunes or
Google Play (Android).