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3...2...1! BLASTOFF! Ignite their passion for learning and exploration through a rousing simulated space mission to Mars! The Challenger Learning Center’s Mission Commanders will cultivate your learners’ curiosity and imagination as they face challenges and responsibilities of a Mission Specialist.

This is anything but ordinary. Your students will participate in multiple experiences:

One “Pre-Flight” live session

Hours of unlimited access to asynchronous training content

One culminating “Mission” live session

With help from our NASA Mission Commanders, your students will take on the roles of Mission Specialists, and contribute their findings to help propel the astronauts to success on Mars! We will launch probes, analyze data, make critical decisions, and solve problems as a team to successfully help astronauts obtain a sample from the surface of the red planet.

This event is like no other distance learning experience. High energy live interactions, along with role-play cinematic story beats immerse your learners in a world of inquiry, positivity, teamwork, self-value, and rewarding achievement.

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About This Program


By Request: $894.00

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.


60-75 minute video conference each for Parts 1 and 2, and 1 to 7 hours of student asychronous work.

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, Homeschool/Family

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Leadership, Mathematics, Problem Based Learning, Problem Solving, Sciences, Social and Emotional Learning( SEL), STEM, Technology/Information Science

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)Zoom only

Booking Information

Please contact Amy Vallone at Amy_Vallone@boces.monroe.edu or 585-383-2290 to check availability before entering a request. 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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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

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


Part 1: Pre-Mission video conference

Rally the troops! This live video conference with the entire class, teacher, and Mission Commander will introduce the goals and team assignments. Students will be given a preview of their upcoming online work as the stage for success is set and the mindset for engagement is cultivated.

Individual Computer Tasks

Using our website as a launchpad, students will now assume the role of a Mission Support Crew Member. Students work through self-guided online learning activities to collect information and clues needed for a successful Mission. These are designed to take about 30 minutes. They may do the tasks at home, or in school, whichever works best. Internet is required. The programs will NOT work on iPads or phones. Computers or Laptops are recommended for optimal results. The tasks will end with a special code and other data they will need to be ready to share for the final mission. Therefore, they will need to write down their results on a piece of paper, and bring that paper to the final mission video conference.

Part 2: Culminating Mission Video Conference

Allow for 90 minutes. (It can be shorter if requested)

The final Mission video conference brings the teacher, class, and Commanders together to team up and use their findings to successfully help a lone Astronaut reach Mars, launch a probe, and return with samples from the surface of the Red Planet. Excitement, thrills, and humor will have your class roaring with joy!


Our goal is that every child feels successful and excited about learning. Through this immersion, students will have a positive, unforgettable shared experience together. Our aim is to ignite the spark of inquiry and potential within every child.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

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.