Mission programs for schools

NOTE: Currently, all simulated mission are not available due to Covid 19 restrictions and safety protocols. 

Missions Available

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Tel: (623) 322-2001

17835 N 44th Street,  Phoenix, AZ 85032 US




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This program is eligible for Field Trip Assistance Funding

STEM-based simulated space mission programs take place in Challenger's unique simulator Monday – Friday. Minimum number of students per simulated mission is 16; maximum number of jobs available is 32. Please let us know of any special needs in your classroom. 

Field Trip Assistance may be available. Two Chaperones and the Educator are included in the price. Call for available dates/times of programs.  

Teacher Training is required for all simulated space missions. 

Comet, Moon and Mars Missions are designed for one classroom (classes in excess of 32 please call for additional instructions) in grades 5-12. Each 2 hour simulated space mission incorporates hands-on learning, problem-solving and applied STEM skills to provide a rich and memorable experience.

Mission preparation begins well in advance of the scheduled lift-off of the students.  The classroom teacher attends a 1 hour seminar in preparation for the 4-6 week curriculum. Resume writing, chromatography, developing a mission patch and team building exercises are just a few of the activities in the curriculum.

After several weeks of preparation, the students arrive at the Challenger Space Center for their scheduled lift-off.  The crew is divided in half with one group going into space and the other group coordinating  the operation in Mission Control.  The simulation includes a space launch.  An "emergency" in both Comet and Moon allows students the opportunity to experience both Spacecraft and Mission Control.