CAHF middle school students and the physics students at JCC went on a field trip together to the Challenger Center in Olean. Prior to their visit, the teachers attended a training workshop to learn about the mission and to be able to help prepare the students for the trip.
Students learned about the space program and went on a mission to Mars. Each CAHF student paired up with a JCC college student and was then given a job to do. Some of their jobs and responsibilities included:
Life Support team: Monitoring the environment to ensure the safety of the crew,
Medical team: Analyze the physical conditions of the crew,
Data team: Establish printed communications between Mars Transport Vehicle and Mars Control,
Remote team: To find out whether or not there are signs of life on the rocks on Mars
Navigation team: Get the spaceship to Mars and to get them back safely.
Everyone had a great time and learned a lot. Anna said, ''I liked being on the Medical Team and taking the temperatures.''
Jimmy was the communication person and he said ''I was always talking to the other communication person and I learned a lot.''
Sophie was in the MTV (Mars Transport Vehicle) and she liked doing all the space activities. And Kiana said, ''I loved the Challenger trip because it was realistic and fun.''
The mission was a success and all the participants learned a lot about the space program. Dr. Marie Plumb for coordinated this amazing experience for the students.
This trip was part of the school's Science Across The Curriculum grant funded by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.