What is a Live Simulation?
Advances in technology and connectivity allow our
Wheeling Challenger Learning Center (CLC) to offer
new programs that bring Challenger missions into your
classroom. These programs - called "e-Missions" -use
the Internet or other distance learning technology
to create a live link between the students and our
Flight Directors at "Mission Control." Before each
live simulation Mission, students complete studies,
hands-on activities, and practice that open doors
into science and math discovery. On mission day, they
form teams of "experts," examine real-time data, analyze
it, and make their recommendations to Mission Control.
Challenger's Flight Directors guide the students to
a successful solution of each crisis situation.
During the e-Mission: Moon, Mars, and Beyond,
students help rescue an exploration vessel in the
outer solar system. The vessel has not been heard
from in five days and they may be lost and experiencing
communication problems. Students must decode messages
that allow them to plot the course of the vessel and
plan supplies for the vital rescue mission to bring
the astronauts safely back to the Mars base.
With one Internet hook-up and five computers, this
program can be conducted in classrooms everywhere
across North America and the World. The number of
missions available is unlimited. We can reach into
every elementary, middle, and high school classroom.
Developed by the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling
Jesuit University, e-Missions offer teachers and students
a chance to use their classroom technology in new
ways. Science teachers, educational researchers, and
subject matter experts designed the programs and teachers
and students worldwide have participated in these live
simulation learning experiences.