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Ms. Reeves from Chicago IL is requesting a class trip through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Rendezvous with a Comet

My students need a class trip for 30 students to the Challenger Learning Center in Northwest Indiana for a simulated space mission.

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The Challenger Learning Center experience will give our 7th grade students at this inner city, low income school the opportunity to see how the science, math and technology they learn in the classroom is put to use in the real world. My goal is to widen their view of the world and give them as many opportunities as possible to experience a unique adventure, which in turn may lead to an exciting future. Since these inner city students seldom leave their neighborhood, simulating a voyage to outer space would really leave an impression. We have taken students in previous years but with budget cuts this year's trip may be in jeopardy.

Since space science is not an official part of the our curriculum, but is included on the state test, I devise ways to connect science instruction to life in space, learning to use balances, glove boxes and heart monitors. We have an annual Family Night, "Comets Among the Stars," to include parents in our discoveries, and to help everyone learn more about the final frontier.

The simulated mission at Challenger is designed to fully engage the students in the jobs done by all members of the flight team, from Mission Control to the specialists in the Space Shuttle. It shows students how math and science are used in real life situations. They become so invested in the scenario that they leave the building not quite convinced that they didn't really discover a new comet. That type of learning is not soon forgotten.

The families of the Challenger astronauts began these learning centers as a tribute to those who perished in space flight. They provide unique and exhilarating experiences for students, especially our students, who have limited resources for trips. You can provide a stimulating learning experience for deserving children. Thank you.

Ms. Reeves
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana
(Simulated space mission for 30 students)
30 students and 3 teachers $800.00

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