New Jersey

Buehler Challenger & Science Center

 
Buehler Challenger & Science Center in New Jersey provides students, scouts, and homeschoolers, with the opportunity to “fly” simulated space missions using applied STEM and inquiry-based learning in our state-of-the-art simulators. Field trip programs, which focus on topics such as earth science, robotics, physics, and chemistry, are available for students in elementary, middle, and high school. In addition, the center also offers overnight camp-ins, professional development and outreach programs, including StarLab Planetarium & Living in Space Experience. Programs are aligned with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
 
Contact Info
Address: 400 Paramus Rd., Lot C, Paramus, NJ 07652. Bergen County.
Tel: 201-251-8589.
Website: www.bcsc.org.
Hrs: 8:30AM-4:30PM for scheduling staff.
 
SCHOOL
Students will work as a team as they take on the role of astronauts and mission controllers to Rendezvous with Comet Halley, Return to the Moon, or Voyage to Mars. The missions fuse team building and hands-on learning with a focus on STEM to complete mission goals. Students are entrusted to solve problems, conduct experiments, implement navigation orders, and more during the simulated mission. Other programs allow students to learn about circuits, water filtration design, and more.
 
Hands on programming customized to each grade level to the NG standards.
 
Contact Info
Phone: 201-251-8589.
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: Science, STEM.
Topics Covered: Technology, robotics, mathematics, problem solving, teambuilding, circuits, electricity, speed, motion, chemistry, physics, matter, magnetism, astronomy, solar system, & earth science.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. 
Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: Call for details. Programs range from 90 minutes-full day.
Registration: Online, Phone.
Cost: Fee.
Accessibility: PD.
 
 
SCOUTS
Scout groups can work towards their Astronomy Belt Loop and Pin, Space Exploration badges, Journeys, and more during hands-on simulated mission programs and overnights! In addition to experiencing what it’s like to be an astronaut, both Boy and Girl Scouts can enjoy science activities, pizza dinner, photo ops, breakfast, and more on Friday and Saturday nights. Other programs focus on topics such as conservation, energy, filtration, and hydroponics.
 
Contact Info
Phone: 201-251-8589.
 
Supports Scout Badges & Journeys In: All grades.
Topics Covered: astronomy, earth science, solar system, technology, robotics, mathematics, engineering, design, problem solving, teambuilding, conservation, energy, filtration, hydroponics.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Hands on programming customized to each grade level, and scouting requirements
Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 90 minutes-1 night.
Registration: Online, Phone.
Cost: Fee.
Accessibility: PD.
 
 
HOMESCHOOL
Homeschool groups are welcome to participate in simulated space missions and other science programming at Buehler Challenger & Science Center. Missions provide a great supplement to homeschool earth science curriculums. Homeschoolers can also try their hand at designing a water filtration system, learn about circuits, and discover what it’s like to be astronaut in outer space.
 
Contact Info
Phone: 201-251-8589.
 
Topics Covered: STEM, earth science, solar system, technology, robotics, mathematics, problem solving, teambuilding, circuits, electricity, speed, motion, chemistry, physics, matter, magnetism, astronomy.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Hands on programming customized to each grade level to the NG standards.
Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 90 minutes-full day.
Registration: Online, Phone.
Cost: Fee.
Accessibility: PD.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

STEM Lesson Plan

The light bulb, the assembly line, and the personal computer are all inventions by American innovators that have greatly impacted the world. For America to continue to lead the world in innovation, students must be fluent in the foundation of these inventions. Students learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and how they are related to specific topics. ... Continue