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Challenger Space Missions - 2/24/24

Challenger Space Missions - 3/2/24

Challenger Repeat Participant - 3/2/24

Join Us for an Unforgettable Journey to Mars!

Are you ready for an adventure beyond Earth's bounds? Crystal Lake Friends of Gifted Education invites you to participate in Expedition Mars, an immersive simulated Mars mission at the renowned Challenger Learning Center in Woodstock, IL for 5th-8th graders (4th grade EC students welcome!)

πŸš€ Mission Details

Program: Expedition Mars, STEM Immersion

Dates: Saturday, February 24th & March 2nd

  • Each date will facilitate 60 students, split into two groups.

  • We will divide groups based on grade level as best as possible.

  • You may request to be paired with 1 friend during registration. We will do our best to honor that request but cannot make any guarantees

Time: 9:00AM - 1:00PM

Cost per Mission*:
$20 - CLFOGE Member Early-Bird until 1/21
$25 - Non-Member & CLFOGE Member beginning 1/22
*Need-based scholarships available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Inquire at

Location: Challenger Learning Center, 720 W. Judd St., Woodstock, IL 
(Parents are responsible for prompt drop off and pick up at this location. There is no bus.)

πŸš€ Program Schedule

Group-1:    9AM - 10:55AMSpace Mission - Expedition Mars

Group-2:    9AM - 10:30AMSTEM Immersion

Lunch/or    10:30AM – 10:55AMGroup 2

Snack:       10:55AM – 11:20PM Group 1 

     *Bring nut free sack lunch or snack.

Group-1:    11:20PM – 12:50PM STEM Immersion

Group-2:    10:55 - 12:50PM Space Mission - Expedition Mars

πŸš€ From Challenger’s Website:

Our Expedition Mars scenario puts young learners in charge of a simulated flight between Mars and Phobos. For approximately two hours students are transformed into astronauts, scientists, and engineers with a single common purpose – the success of the mission. Teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and decision making skills are put to the test. 

Additionally, students will use their STEM skills to program a rover to explore Mars. They will utilize Augmented Reality to start learning about Mars. Then teams will use Ozobots built especially for children to learn how to program and solve real-life problems. 

The goal of these lessons is to inspire students to become lifelong learners, and to explore and join the STEM careers of the future.


Students choose their top three jobs to perform during the mission:
Review Mission Job Options Here

Peruse this document to brush up on foundational knowledge:
Pre-Mission Information 

This is a cheat sheet created from a lesson plan created by Challenger for teachers to educate their students prior to missions. It will give your student important background knowledge that will help to ensure a rewarding mission experience.

Challenger shares a building with Olson Middle School. Ensure you know where to go by viewing this document:
Driving/Dropoff Instructions
Challenger Learning Center

Motto: Supporting the families and educators in District 47’s Extended Curriculum Program since 1982