New York State

Town of Ramapo Challenger Center

 
Be an astronaut for a day! By combining learning with fun, the Town of Ramapo Challenger Center in New York lets groups experience what it is like to be an astronaut.
 
Simulated but realistic space missions take students, scouts, and youth groups on a journey where they conduct research, solve emergencies, and perform hands-on scientific experiments as they voyage to outer space. On-site and off-site planetarium shows and after school programs are offered too! The Challenger Center provides space science learning experiences that will last a lifetime. Exploring. Learning. Inspiring. It’s our Mission. 
 
Contact Info
Address: 225 Route 59, Airmont, NY 10901. Rockland County.
 
Tel: 845-357-3416.
 
 
Website: www.LHVCC.com.
 
Hrs: Daily 9AM-7:30PM.
 
SCHOOLS
The Challenger Center’s space missions provide students with authentic STEM-based learning experiences promoting teamwork, communication, problem solving, and decision-making skills. Students will take on tasks similar to those that real scientists, engineers, and astronauts perform on a regular basis, such as constructing a probe and navigating obstacles. Missions include “Return to the Moon,” “Voyage to Mars,” and “Rendezvous With a Comet,” all of which align with Next Generation Science Standards. Groups can also enjoy planetarium shows where they can discover the night sky, learn about telescopes, and more. Learn more about school missions
 
Contact Info
Contact: John Huibregtse.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: K-10th.
 
Group Size: 20-30 students.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Performances.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-3 hours.
 
Cost: Varies by type of activity.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Science, Technology. 
Topics Covered: Astronomy, STEM, earth science, solar system, technology, mathematics, problem solving, team building.
 
SCOUTS
Scout groups can work towards a variety of badges at the center such as the It’s Your Planet (Get Moving) Journey Badge, Space Exploration, or special badges such as the Challenger Center Junior Girl Scout Space Explorer Badge, Challenger Center Brownie Space Explorer Badge, and more. Badge activities include going on a simulated space mission in a NASA-designed mission controlled and spacecraft simulator, learning how to use a star map, and identifying constellations. Overnight opportunities are available. Learn more about scout missions
 
Contact Info
Contact: John Huibregtse.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: K-10th.
 
Group Size: Maximum of 32 scouts.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Performances.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-3 hours.
 
Cost: Varies by type of activity.
 
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGE ACHIEVEMENT IN: Science.
Topics Covered: Astronomy, STEM, earth science, solar system, technology, mathematics, problem solving, team building.
 
HOMESCHOOL
Homeschool groups will enjoy STEM-based learning experiences promoting teamwork, communication, problem solving, and decision-making skills at the center As they journey to Mars, the moon, or Comet Encke, homeschoolers will take on tasks similar to those that real scientists, engineers, and astronauts perform on a regular basis, such as constructing a probe and navigating obstacles. Homeschool groups can also enjoy planetarium shows where they can discover the night sky, learn about telescopes, and more. Learn more about school missions
 
Contact Info
Contact: John Huibregtse.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: K-10th.
 
Group Size: 20-30 homeschoolers.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Performances.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-3 hours.
 
Cost: Varies by type of activity.
 
Topics Covered: Astronomy, STEM, earth science, solar system, technology, mathematics, problem solving, teambuilding.


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