Challenger Space Mission – Elementary

February 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Challenger Learning Center
720 W Judd St
IL 60098

Crystal Lake Friends of Gifted Education (CLFOGE) will once again be sponsoring space missions at the Challenger Learning Center for Science and Technology in Woodstock! This opportunity is open to ALL District 47 students in 4th & 5th grades.

Cost: $25 for CLFOGE members and $35 for non-members

For Elementary School students’ :
Mission:                Mars Mission, Designing Through Biomimicry & The International Space Station
Date:                     8th February 2020
Times:                  10:00AM-2:30PM

Register at :

Program Schedule:
Session 1
10AM – 12PM                    Space Mission
12PM – 12:30PM             Lunch   *Bring nut free sack lunch.
12:30PM – 2:30PM         Designing Through Biomimicry & The International Space Station

Session 2
10AM – 12PM                   Designing Through Biomimicry & The International Space Station
12PM – 12:30PM             Lunch   *Bring nut free sack lunch.
12:30PM – 2:30PM        Space Mission

Mars Space Mission: Participants will be placed into 9 possible positions they are – COMMUNICATIONS, NAVIGATION, ROVER, WEATHER, MEDICAL, LIFE SUPPORT, BIOLOGY, ROBOTICS and GEOLOGY. Students will have to work together to accomplish their mission goals: to search for evidence of life on Mars, to search for evidence of water, and to keep everyone safe. Using teamwork and creative problem solving, the crew will be able to continue their research on our neighbor planet.

Designing Through Biomimicry – Did you ever wonder how velcro came about or how some early inventions were discovered by watching nature?  Students discover how engineers use biomimicry to enhance their designs. They learn how becoming a nature detective, one who carefully observes nature, can lead to innovations and new products.  Students will test their engineering and problem-solving skills while creating a prototype using cardboard, Makedo Kits, and tape.

The International Space Station – The International Space Station is the biggest object ever flown in space; and though hard to believe, it travels at 17,500 mph! Join us as we explore inside the ISS using virtual reality, and examine the outside of the Station with augmented reality.  Teams will work together to complete an engineering challenge they won’t soon forget. Creative thinking, problem solving, and teamwork are required!

Note: Challenger installed a new Mars mission this year. For information on mission jobs go to: