For the last couple of weeks our class has been learning skills and information about space for a Virtual E-Mission. But was is an e-mission I hear you ask?
“Advances in technology and connectivity allow our Wheeling Challenger Learning Center (CLC) to offer new programs that bring Challenger missions into the classroom. These programs – called “e-Missions” -use the Internet to create a live link between the students and our Flight Directors at “Mission Control.” Before each live simulation Mission, students complete studies, hands-on activities, and practice that open doors into science and math discovery. On mission day, they form teams of “experts,” examine real-time data, analyze it, and make their recommendations to Mission Control. Challenger’s Flight Directors guide the students to a successful solution of each crisis situation.
During the e-Mission: Moon, Mars, and Beyond, students help rescue an exploration vessel in the outer solar system. The vessel has not been heard from in five days and they may be lost and experiencing communication problems. Students must decode messages that allow them to plot the course of the vessel and plan supplies for the vital rescue mission to bring the astronauts safely back to the Mars base.” http://www.e-missions.net/mmab/overview/whatisalivesimulation.html
Friday, 15th November was Mission Day! We were so excited to see how the mission would go and whether we would be successful. After skyping Mission Control we were ready to start and all students jumped straight into their role/job and worked together to get the lost ship rescued. It was a very busy and hectic 1.5 hours. Well done Grade 4/5! Here are some photos of the mission. Thank you to the Grade 5s from Ms King’s class who were fabulous and helped make the mission a success!