Port Clinton Middle School students Mason McDougall and Caden Chapman work to complete their portion of the “Mission to the Moon” during a field trip to Challenger Learning Center in Oregon, Ohio.
On Dec. 20 a group of thirty-two Port Clinton Middle School sixth grade students traveled to the Challenger Learning Center in Oregon, Ohio, to complete a space mission simulation. The trip was sponsored by the North Point ESC as a part of their STEM initiative to increase student enthusiasm about math, science and technology. The Challenger Center specifically designed this simulation program to provide an authentic encounter that increases the principles of teamwork, responsible decision-making, problem-solving and communication. Students were immersed in a realistic Mission Control and Space Station environment with computer consoles, communication headsets, continuous messages on the loud speakers, electronic messages, teammates they could only see on video monitors, emergency sounds and flashing lights and hands-on activities at science stations.