Welcome to the FSI live simulation web site.
Here, you will find everything you need to run
this simulation effectively in your classroom.
What is the FSI live
Fire Scene Investigation: Tranquility Base (FSI) is a live
“mission” conducted in your classroom through
videoconferencing. It features teams of students
using real-time data to complete the mission
directive. The accompanying website provides
five to ten class periods of mission preparation
materials including the standards addressed,
scope and sequence, lesson plans, and student
Is this only for math
FSI was created to reinforce certain math
concepts for grades 5-8:
Calculating the area and
volume of an odd-shaped room
Determining measures of
central tendency (mean, median, mode)
interpreting box-and-whiskers plots
The program is an innovative
way to engage students by integrating both math
topics and authentic space science in a
real-time context. The website includes
resources for integrating science topics.
How is the program used?
|Schedule date →
||Brief the students
||Math lessons →
||Pre-Mission Prep →
||Conduct the mission
Schedule a mission date
with the Challenger Learning Center.
“Brief” the students on
Use lesson plans
provided on the website to reinforce the
relevant math concepts.
Prepare students for the
mission by completing a “mini-mission” to
apply math concepts.
Split students into
teams, set up the classroom with data
videoconference link with the Challenger Learning Center.
Link with the Challenger Learning Center;
what way is the simulation conducted in
The mission is a student-centered,
team-based, interactive educational experience
that makes use of scientifically accurate data
to solve problems. Teachers run the simulations
in their own classrooms through the Internet
using video conferencing equipment or they use nearby
distance learning labs. The classroom is
connected with a Mission Director who
guides the problem-solving activities to a
In the FSI simulation,
students work as Fire Scene Investigators,
Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide Specialists, and
Communications Specialists in teams of eight. Each
team is using fire scene data collected by
sensors in a lunar base to determine the cause.
Investigators calculate the volume of the room,
and use a graph to track oxygen percent & heat release over time. Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide
Specialists use an online tool to change certain
variables and match results against the actual
data. Communications Specialists coordinate all
these activities with the Mission Director and
examine all the evidence to determine the cause
of the fire.
this just for fun or do students really learn?
The program was designed by middle and high
school teachers, educational researchers, and
subject matter experts. FSI joins the lineup
of innovative distance learning programs offered
by the Challenger Learning Center and the
Center for Educational Technologies. Simulations
are an interactive way for you to effectively
use technology in your classroom. Research
indicates that this way of learning leads to
improved problem-solving and critical-thinking
skills and teaches students the importance of
teamwork and communication.
Shifting to digital learning
is critical to the success of education in
America. FSI creates an opportunity for you
to apply various technologies and provides
necessary digital content lacking in so many
Good luck on your mission!
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