NATIONAL SPACE CENTRE
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The Challenger Learning Centre is one of only two educational space mission simulators of its type outside of North America. It was founded by the families of the astronauts lost during the last flight of the Challenger Space Shuttle in 1986.Controller. I had a fantastic time and I will definitely be coming again!" Bronte Highfield,
"The best bit was when I went into the Challenger Centre where I became a Mission control" St. Andrew's Primary School
When students arrive, a short briefing is held in which the Mission Commanders and the student astronauts review their mission objectives.
The group is then divided, so that the Mission Controllers can take their stations and the astronauts "blast off" to the Space Station.
Throughout the mission, students are presented with tasks and realistic dilemmas that build problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills.
Halfway through, the mission requires a crew exchange so everyone has an opportunity to experience both Mission Control and the Space Station.
The Missions have been specifically adapted by the University of Leicester to fit the requirements of the National Curriculum. The missions are designed for groups of between 14 - 34 participants
we can come to you with our amazing star dome
The StarDome is a portable, inflatable planetarium, which fits into most school halls or gyms. It is 6 meters in diameter, approximately 4 meters high and with space inside for about 30 children or 25 adults to take part in a session within the dome at any one time.
The StarDome recreates a dark night sky with hundreds of brilliant points of light splashed across the inside of the dome. The stars are projected into their positions for any time of the year. It is also possible to draw the constellation pictures from different civilisations so that you have a show that will entrance your students.
Our StarDome presenters use a range of media both inside and outside the dome to bring space and astronomy to life.