Dear Challenger Learning Center Liaisons,
Congratulations again to all of you working so hard and adapting to all the changes to meet your students’ needs. As you know, last year we created a virtual Challenger Mission for districts that could not participate in person. We are thrilled that this year so far, all districts have participated in the mission in person. We continue to offer the virtual mission as well as many other video conferences.
The Challenger Virtual Mission is fully operational. In 2021 we ran 245 virtual missions with districts. The virtual mission consists of three parts, providing two hours of synchronous learning and one to seven hours of asynchronous learning. Part 1 sets the stage, assigns jobs, and motivates students to get to work supporting our commanders as they journey to Mars. In Part 2 students are assigned to a specific job that requires approximately one hour of computer work. They must complete this job for the mission to succeed, however, they can complete all the stations in the mission if they choose, requiring approximately seven hours of independent work. Part 3 is the culmination of their work, launching the probe and rescuing a crew. While we realize nothing can be more engaging than an actual trip to our new facility, we know this remote option is engaging and motivating for students. Teacher and student feedback was very positive.
Next year, we will offer both our virtual mission as described above and our standard in-person mission at our new state of the art facility. Cost will be the same for either option simply because it requires the same amount of synchronous instruction and technical support on our end.
The rate for the 2022-23 school year will be $868.00 per mission. We will continue to offer one Challenger pre-flight video conference per elementary building at no additional charge.
Many of you participate in our hands-on video conferences. Andy Raab and Peter Robson have created standards-based lessons that incorporate hands on challenges where students work with materials while they video conference with science experts Commander Raab and Commander Robson.
All our video conferences were rewritten last year so they can also now be presented remotely to each individual student should schools ever need to pivot to remote instruction. These conferences have been presented successfully since May 2020. The hands-on materials were altered, and tasks changed so that basic household items can be used instead of the materials provided in the kits.
This year some of our video conferences have been fully remote, some hybrid, and most were presented to full classrooms. Video conferences range in price from $255.00 - $315.00 per class, depending on the conference expenses.
Mobile Lab – Great Lakes Mystery
We continue to offer the Great Lakes bird scenario on site. We no longer offer the CSI investigation in sensitivity to student experiences with covid. We had to retire the actual Green Machine vehicle due to cost prohibitive repairs. So instead of a trailer set up outside, we set up in your building in two locations of your choice. The content and scenario are the same and the students use all the same programs and scientific equipment.
You may email your scheduling requests to Amy Vallone, or mail the completed scheduling documents to Amy Vallone, Monroe #1 BOCES, 15 Linden Park, Rochester, NY 14625.
Director of Instructional Programs and Services