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The Soufriere Hills volcano located on the small island of Montserrat is ready to erupt at the same time a Category 2 hurricane is approaching the island from the east. The volcano team calculates rock fall and volcanic tectonic data to predict what will happen with the volcano. The hurricane team tracks the approaching hurricane and calculates estimated times of arrival on the island. The evacuation team uses population maps and available transportation options to move residents out of the danger zones to safe shelters on the island. Your team receives satellite data from the island every 5-6 minutes to assess the situation. The communication team's job is to keep Mission Control informed about this brewing situation on Montserrat and to relay recommendations from all teams.

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About This Program


By Request: $400.00
By Request Premium: $400.00

Included in the cost of the program is a FREE Teacher Training session conducted with a group of teachers from your school/district via video conference. These training events are scheduled on-line at www.e-missions.net and we schedule them at your convenience. This is the best way to realize how robust this curriculum package is and to help you as you begin to prepare your students for the event. CILC members automatically receive a discount price from $550 to $400/mission.


Montserrat is a 2 hour mission/live event; appropriate for grades 5 - 12

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

30; options are available for larger groups - contact us

Primary Disciplines

Gifted & Talented, Mathematics, Problem Solving, Sciences, Social Studies/History, Technology/Information Science

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Google Hang Out

Booking Information

Please call us at 304-243-2029 or register for a session on-line at www.e-missions.net to schedule a student mission or a FREE Teacher Training. Sessions are scheduled at your convenience; you select the date/time of the connection.

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Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

However, there are instances in which we will work together to figure out a solution and help in rescheduling the event.

About This Provider

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Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling University (West Virginia)

Wheeling, WV
United States

In addition to offering award winning, state-of-the-art programs in a $500,000 space simulator, the Challenger Learning Center, thanks to technology, brings its innovative programs to distant classrooms around the world through its electronic distance-learning programs, known as e-Missions. The CLC flies more than 800 e-Missions for schools, many located in traditionally underserved districts, each year. We provide FREE Teacher Training sessions via video conference for any of our distance learning programs.

The Challenger Learning Center® also offers adult and student learners the chance to climb aboard a space station and complete a mission in the role of astronauts, scientists, and engineers with its Corporate Missions. A successful mission requires critical thinking, leadership, cooperation, and problem solving.

Laura Ondeck

Program Details


The mission is a live event. It begins by connecting live via video conferencing to us, Mission Control at the Challenger Learning Center in Wheeling, WV. The flight director facilitating the mission will give an overview of the mission and what will take place during the live event. Students will then begin to receive data through an internet interface that we have created and they will calculate all of the data. They will send reports to us as they calculate them and we will work with them to ensure the safety of the residents of the island of Montserrat.


Students become the experts in an emergency situation and their objective is to use their math skills and science knowledge to help solve problems using a team approach. All specialists in your classroom have critical tasks that are essential for success and they will be challenged to work hard during the vc to handle the crisis; make recommendations, and provide critical reports throughout.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Check out the link under "Standards/Objectives" on the Teacher's toolkit for this mission on www.e-missions.net. Because this program helps meet standards across many subject areas, it is best to see the list on-line.

State Standards

Check out the link under "Standards/Objectives" on the Teacher's Toolkit for this mission on www.e-mission.net. Many state or local standards are addressed with this program and the complete list is available on the website.