STEM Igniter Program

An (Almost) All-Expenses Paid Trip to Space for St. Louis Students

The Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis has received a grant from The Boeing Company for its “STEM Igniter” program. The program will serve over 1,300 underserved elementary and middle school students in the St. Louis region, primarily from North County and St. Louis City, and will include simulated space missions, engineering design challenge workshops, classroom activities, and professional development workshops. (More about all of our school programs can be found here.)

New this year: The classroom activity will focus explicitly on preparing students for their mission.  A Challenger Flight Director will come to your class before your mission date to tell your students what to expect and what is expected of them, answer their questions, and lead them through pre-mission activities.

Teachers and schools wishing to participate are asked to fill out this form. A minimum of two teachers (and preferably four) from each participating school must commit to participating in the program.

Grades K-5:

$25/group (40 students/group, maximum of 4 groups/school) includes:
2-hour Jr Astronaut Program at the Challenger Learning Center
Mission Prep program at school (about 1 hour per class, can do two classes)
Professional development workshop on November 12, 2019

Grades 6-8:

$50/group (30 students/group, maximum of 4 groups/school/day) includes:
2-hour simulated space mission at the Challenger Learning Center
2-hour engineering design challenge workshop at the Challenger Learning Center
Mission Prep program at school (about 1 hour per class, can do two classes)
Professional development workshop on November 13, 2019

School requirements:

Commit to a minimum of 2 (preferably 4) teachers from each participating school
Attend a one-day professional development workshop (see above for dates)
Provide student transportation to the Challenger Learning Center for student program(s)
Return registration form with payment
Have students complete an assessment (administered at the Challenger Learning Center at the conclusion of the student program OR at school the following day)

 

Early applications are encouraged as space is limited. Schools wishing to bring more than four groups should contact us; larger groups will be accommodated if space is available.

The exact mission your students participate in will be determined by a combination of student age, CLC schedule, and teacher preference. General guidelines:

K-3rd: Jr. Astronauts: Mystery in Space
2nd-5th: Jr. Astronauts: Destination Moon
4th-5th: Jr. Astronauts: Mars Pioneers
6th-8th: Rendezvous with a Comet (simplest mission; good for 6th grade), Lunar Quest, Expedition Mars
9th Grade & Up: Lunar Quest, Expedition Mars