REPORTING: RABBIT ZIELKE
In January 1986, NASA was planning the launch of the first civilian into space. Their choice for this auspicious role was a teacher. Part of the goal of the shuttle mission was for Christa McAuliffe, first teacher in space, to teach classes televised directly from the space shuttle. January 28th, 1986 the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after takeoff killing all aboard. After this tragedy the Challenger Center for Space Science Education was born. The Challenger Centers offer programs to educate and inspire people in the areas of math and science.
The Challenger Space Center at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga is hosting summer youth programs. Cosmic Space Quest 2010 offers a variety of programs at several age levels from 4 years old through rising 8th grade. The programs include simulated space missions, teamwork exercises, and learning about space science such as satellites or aviation. The staff at the Challenger Center are qualified teachers utilizing nationally recognized and developed curriculum with a focus on the areas of math and science.
Cosmic Space Quest sessions begin early June and continue through the end of July. The camp provides lunch and snacks. Registration information and applications can be found at the Challenger Center website. A coupon is available if you register before April 19th. You can obtain a coupon by calling the Challenger Center at (42) 425-4126.
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