Astronauts - Living the Dream!!

by  Challenger Learning Center (Rochester, New York)

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Join us in an engaging video conference that offers students insight into the life of astronauts. Led by seasoned space educators, this interactive session is designed to inspire and educate young minds about the challenges, triumphs, and everyday routines of those who venture into the vast expanse of outer space.

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About This Program


By Request: $325.00

If you are a public school district in the state of NY you must submit a cross contract for these services to your local BOCES.

Please contact Amy Vallone at 585-383-2290 if you have questions regarding content, program items or general questions not answered within our listing.


60 minutes or more depending on desired content

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Career Education, Mathematics, Problem Solving, Reading, Sciences, Social Studies/History, STEM, Technology/Information Science

Program Delivery Mode

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

Booking Information

This program is available by request only. Earliest start time is 8:00 AM EDT, and last bookable start time is 2:00 PM EDT.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made 72 hours in advance, otherwise full payment is required. Cancellations due to a school closing is the exception. Cancellations due to technical difficulties are extremely rare, but in the event of such difficulty, the program would be rescheduled with the participating group.

About This Provider

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Challenger Learning Center (Rochester, New York)

Rochester, NY
United States

The Challenger Learning Center of Rochester, New York is a state-of-the-art learning facility. Our number one goal here at Challenger Learning Center is to inspire student interest in science and math. By questioning, measuring, hypothesizing, inferring, classifying, and interpreting, students apply the skills they’ve practiced in the classroom in an authentic assessment setting.

Amy Vallone

Program Details


This program begins with an introductory video and then the program goes live within the Mission Control Room at the Challenger Center. Approximately 75 min.

10 min. Intro to commanders
10 min. Food in space
5 min. Sleeping in space
5 min. The space potty
5 min. Exercise routines
5 min. Recreation and fun
5 min. Thermal Protection
5 min. Robots, Rovers and Orion Project
15 min. Questions from the class
10 min. Assessment/space game show


-Explore the challenges facing humans in space
-See Math, Science and Technology working together to forward our society.
-Compare commonalities between life in space and on earth.
-Ask the question, get the answer. Real time data.
-Develop an appreciation of what astronauts must do to prepare for space flight.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

National Science Standards: Grades K-6

U.Unifying Concepts and Processes -
Unifying concepts and processes help students think about and integrate a range of basic ideas which builds an understanding of the natural world.

E.U.1 - Systems, order, and organization-

Systems: A system is an organized group of related objects or components that form a whole. Systems can consist, for example, of organisms, machines, fundamental particles, galaxies, ideas, numbers, transportation, and education. The goal is to help students think and analyze in terms of systems.

E.U.2 - Evidence, Models, and Explanations-

Explanations: Explanations provide interpretation, meaning, or sense to objects, organisms, or events. Explanations incorporate existing scientific knowledge and new evidence from observations, experiments, or models into internally consistent, logical statements, such as hypotheses, laws, principles, and theories. The goal is to help students create explanations which incorporate a scientific knowledge base, logic, and higher levels of analysis.

State Standards

New York State Learning Standards in Science:

Standard 1: Analysis, Inquiry and Design-

The central purpose of scientific inquiry is to develop explanations of natural phenomena in a continuing, creative process.

~Students: ask “why” questions in attempts to seek greater understanding concerning objects and events they have observed and heard about. Students should question the explanations they hear from others and read about, seeking clarification and comparing them with their own observations and understandings.

Standard 2: Information Systems-

Information technology is used to retrieve, process, and communicate information and as a tool to enhance learning.

Students should use a variety of equipment and software packages to enter, process, display, and communicate information in different forms using text, tables, pictures, and sound.

Telecommunicate to a distant location with teacher help.

Standard 4: Physical and Living Environments-

-Investigate differences in personal body characteristics, such as temperature, pulse, heart rate, blood pressure, and reaction time.

Standard 5: Technology; Engineering Design-

Technological tools, materials, and other resources should be selected on the basis of safety, cost, availability, appropriateness, and environmental impact; technological processes change energy, information, and material resources into more useful forms.

Technological systems are designed to achieve specific- results and produce outputs, such as products, structures, services, energy, or other systems.

Standard 6: Interconnectedness - Common Themes

Through systems thinking, people can recognize the commonalities that exist among all systems and how parts of a system interrelate and combine to perform specific functions.

Students will understand the relationships and common themes that connect mathematics, science, and technology and apply the themes to these and other areas of learning.