The 14th Technology Leadership Academy (TLA) wrapped up earlier this month. In the final session, the group participated in an interactive videoconference with the Challenger Learning Center in Wheeling, West Virginia. The Challenger Learning Center is part of a network of centers established in memory of the crew of the ill-fated Challenger Space Shuttle. The center provides a unique hands-on learning experience designed to foster interest in math, science and technology- for students, and for teachers engaging in PD like TLA did at Cooperating School Districts. To see more images from this session, visit Flickr.
Last weekend, author Amy Sklansky (and New Links content provider) had a book reading for her seventh book, Out of This World: Poems and Facts about Space. She shared poems and asked the audience questions about space. Also in attendence was Robert Powell from the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis (hey, another New Links content provider…. wonder how those two met?!). Robert spoke to the group about the Challenger Learning Centers, about living & working in space, and he too answered questions from the crowd.
It was an awesome event! If you haven’t had an opportunity to meet either Amy or Robert in person, we have the next best thing for you- over a distance. If you want to connect your classroom to any videoconference or Skype session with these two dynamic presenters, contact Rebecca Morrison for more information.
The Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University has a great opportunity to offer high school science teachers that teach anatomy, biology, and health sciences. CLC is in the final evaluation stages of their newest mission: CyberSurgeons, and are seeking motivated high school science teachers that want to fly this videoconference mission with their classes (FREE of charge). These missions must be scheduled within this academic year. They are also offering teachers a $150 stipend if they successfully complete the on-line evaluation process for both teacher and students.
You can see the mission information at cybersurgeons.net and there is a video clip that explains the scenario and what students would be doing during the videoconference. The curriculum is based on national and state science standards related to human body systems and the disease process. The free CyberSurgeons videoconference provides a highly motivational context for high school students to apply science knowledge & skills to real-life problems. There is prep work to do prior to the actual videoconference connection; to register as a participant in the project, or to ask questions regarding the evaluation process, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. And remember, this opportunity is available during this academic year only.
The Technology Leadership Academy (TLA) participated in an e-Mission videoconference from the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia today. As you can see from the photos, there were some tense moments as the teams tried to execute Operation Montserrat. Operation Montserrat is based on a real event. According to the Challenger Learning Center, the volcano on the normally tranquil island of Montserrat had come to life. As flaming pebbles and lava begin their devastation, emergency response teams also learn a hurricane is approaching. Using real-time hurricane and seismic data, teams of student (or in our case, educator!) specialists assist Mission Control in saving the residents of Montserrat from certain destruction….
…. so, how did it go?
The 25th Anniversary of the Challenger Disaster takes place January 28th. There are several events set at the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis to mark the occasion. Here are some just for teachers:
Christa’s Lessons Videoconferences
• Participate in a free videoconference. The Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis will be offering free videoconference sessions all morning on January 28, 2011 at 8:30, 9:15, 10:00, 10:45 and 11:30 a.m. CST featuring Christa McAullife’s lessons- the ones she was going to teach from space in 1986. The Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis will host these sessions. Click here to reserve your space. You can also download Christa’s lessons and do some of the activities yourself with students.
Where Were You? Cards & Videos
Have your students interview a relative or friend for the Where Were You? project. Cards can be posted at your school or sent to the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis. Videos can be sent to email@example.com. See already posted videos on Flickr.
Encourage students to wear something blue (or if your students typically wear uniforms, suggest a $1 donation to wear something blue other than their uniforms) on January 28, 2011. Take a photo of your school’s support and e-mail it to the Challenger Learning Center.
Launch a Quarter Drive
In honor of 25 years, have your students collect quarters ($0.25). If you are interested in participating, we will provide your students with small banks to collect the quarters. Students can bring their banks to Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis on the day of their mission and receive a special “thank you” gift from us. Classes that collect at least $100 will also earn a class prize. All donations directly support the education programs at Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis. To learn more, or to request banks, please click here.