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The development of Moon, Mars, and Beyond was funded by a grant from Computer Associates.

This curriculum has undergone an extensive development process that involved collaboration throughout, beginning with students and teachers. In addition, the team below worked to make version 1.0 of Moon, Mars, and Beyond the best program possible:

  • Jackie Shia, Director, Challenger Learning Center® – Field Tester, Teacher Trainer
  • Dr. Bruce Howard – Program Designer, Curriculum Director and Project Manager, Lead Writer, Field Tester, Teacher Trainer, Evaluation and Research
  • Damián M. Piccolo – Lead Web Site Developer, Instructional Technology Designer
  • Nancy Sturm – Program Management (alpha phase)
  • Laura Curtis – Development of Mission Day and Curriculum Materials
  • Manetta Calinger – Development of Mission Day and Curriculum Materials
  • Kathleen Frank – Script Developer, Writer
  • Janis Worklan – Editor
  • Sean Duffy – Intellectual Property
  • Don Watson – Video Support
  • Wes Ebeling – Graphic Design

Special Thanks

Dr. Lawrence Tomei and Dr. David Carbonara from the Duquesne University Instructional Technology Program led a curriculum development team made up of the following people:

  • Jeanette Clement

  • Eric Fogle

  • Heather Hilterman

  • Beth Kovalcik

  • Mara Linaberger

  • Rick Napoleon

  • Aileen Owens

  • Nicole Roth

  • Glory Smith

  • Jan Smith

  • Nina Stohovic

  • Amy Tucker

  • Bobbi Womeldorf

About Us

The Challenger Learning Center® is located in the Center for Educational Technologies® at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV. The Challenger Learning Center provides students, teachers, and adult learners with simulations that emphasize teamwork, problem-solving, decision-making, and communication skills. It is one of 51 centers worldwide established by the Challenger Center for Space Science in memory of the space shuttle Challenger. More than 40,000 students fly missions each year either at the Wheeling facility or through distance learning. The Challenger Learning Center has been honored nine years for having served the most children of all the centers.

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The Challenger Learning Center’s innovative program for digital learning, the e-Mission™, provides teachers with curriculum aligned with state and national standards and a mission conducted via distance learning. e-Missions are designed around best practice models and principles derived from the latest educational research.

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