Whether you’ve always dreamed of being an astronaut or not, playing one for a day at the Challenger Learning Center in Atwater, California, was "out-of-this-world" fun!
Our adventure began with a presentation by guest speaker, Michelle Chouinard, Assistant Professor of Psychology from UC Merced. Her thought-provoking presentation was entitled, "Children’s Questions: a Mechanism for Learning about the World." Our group of teachers had many questions for Michelle and we had to "fly" to make our mission on time.
We listened carefully to the instructions of our mission commander – we were about to "Rendezvous with a Comet." Each of us had an assigned role with tasks to complete. (Even though we had important tasks, we couldn’t help but take pictures along the way!)
We were, of course, ravenous after our rendezvous and sat down for a lunch catered by the Hilmar Cheese Factory. It was all delicious… but I think everyone enjoyed the Cheesecake Brownies the best! They were heavenly!
Once fed, our educators were ready to accept their Challenger Challenge. They assembled in teams of 3 or 4. Each team was given a flashdrive with a variety of media assets from the new unitedstreaming. The assets included futuristic/space-themed video segments, images, and audio files. Their task… to create a digital story using at least two of each of the asset types they were given. These creative and enthusiastic educators came up with some wonderfully entertaining digital stories! After many laughs and lots of applause, they spent the remainder of the day exploring the Learning Center’s Science and Technology Museum. It was a BLAST!