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Weekly District Newsletter

January 19, 2018


Superintendent's Message

Fifth Grade Learning Experience is Out of This World

Every year, our fifth graders leave Ottawa Hills for a trip to Oregon, Ohio, where the Challenger Learning Center is located. From there, they go to the moon.
Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West ESC logoThe Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West established the Challenger Learning Center and oversees its operations. According to the ESC website, “The Challenger Learning Center is comprised of a futuristic space station that gives visiting students a simulated experience of working in space and a mission control modeled after NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.”
There are more than 40 Challenger Learning Centers scattered around the United States. The challenger.org website shares the history of Challenger Learning Centers: “In the aftermath of the Challenger accident, the crew’s families came together, firmly committed to the belief that they must carry on the spirit of their loved ones by continuing the Challenger crew’s educational mission. Their efforts resulted in the creation of Challenger Center for Space Science Education, founded in 1986.”
“Challenger Center and its global network of Challenger Learning Centers use space-themed simulated learning and role-playing strategies to help students bring their classroom studies to life and cultivate skills needed for future success, such as problem solving, critical thinking, communication and teamwork.”
At the Challenger Center, our fifth graders take part in a simulation titled “Return to the Moon.” Our astronauts are charged with landing on the moon—for the first time since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.

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