Challenger Learning Centers

Combining Dreams, Fiction and Science to Achieve the Impossible.

(Hazard, Ky) – Many times reality starts with a dream.  A vision.  A need to change.  A desire to make things different.  And what some see as fiction, others see as possibilities and an ultimate reality.  We are not supporting fake news or fake science.  We are talking about envisioning a future, and working toward making it happen.

John Goodlette of Hazard, Kentucky dreamed of building and flying airplanes – not an easy vision for a youngster born in the 1930’s in eastern Kentucky.  He went on to engineer the first successful landing of an earth spacecraft on another planet (Mars). Watch the incredible story of turning dreams into real science below.

Dataseam Sci-Fi Project  The Dataseam Sci-Fi Project gives your students a chance to set their dreams in motion.  What can they visualize?  What world can they create?  What do they see for near or long-term space exploration?  Movie, Written or Art projects are not due until March 1st, but they should start dreaming today.  See the complete program details.

Display of John D. Goodlette memorabilia is on display at the Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky in Hazard.

 

Programmable Electronics for the Modern Maker. 4-Day Workshop.

MODERN MAKER – PROGRAMMABLE ELECTRONICS WORKSHOP.  JULY 24-27.

Electronics run the world and programming runs electronics. Each device, from the microwave in your house to the phone you hold in your hand, is a series of micro-electronics and sensors designed and programmed to perform tasks. This four-day workshop introduces basic electronic and programming concepts with hands on projects so students get a clear understanding of how to approach a challenge, solve a problem and build a workable device. We also want to have fun building things.

Workshop is for those interested in electronics and programming; those that want to see if they are interested; and those who like pulling things apart to see how they work. Most careers today require a basic knowledge of modern electronics, programming and coding. Designed for students, grades 7-10 with an interest in exploring and trying new things. Teachers have also found this workshop helpful to gain an understanding of electronic principles and programming.

Each participant receives a complete kit featuring an Arduino Nano microcontroller, various sensors, addressable LED strip, and other components to build projects. Students take their electronic kit home.  See the basic project outlines and watch the video from instructor John Soward. http://www.kydataseam.com/learninglibrary?pid=Programmable+Electronics

Brought to you by the Challenger Learning Center in Hazard, Kentucky and Dataseam. July 24th-27th 2017, 10 am-3pm. Workshop held at Challenger Center located on the Hazard Community and Technical College. Registration. Limited need-based scholarships available, email tom.cravens@kctcs.edu.

 

Today At School, We Traveled To Mars, And Saved The Earth.

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(Hazard, Kentucky) – Three teams from Clay County Middle School visited the Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky at Hazard recently as part of the Kentucky Space Movie Project.  Students from Sheryl Bowling’s Multi Media class had created short science fiction movies and were visiting the campus in Hazard to showcase their movies and participate in space engineering based projects.

Over the last few months, students developed a concept, wrote, directed, acted in, shot and edited their films.  The project helped the students work on their writing skills and learn more about engineering and space related science.  They identified “teamwork” as the thing they learned the most.  In order to complete the project they had to communicate and work together like never before.

In addition to seeing their movies projected on the big screen at Hazard Community and Technical College, the students worked to solve several engineering challenges organized by Challenger Learning Center’s Joe Collins.  Using an array of materials, the student teams had a limited time to design, construct, test and report on machines they built to accomplish specific goals.  One mission was to move a nuclear bomb (soda can) to a safe area without touching the bomb with their hands.  Another was to build a tower to hold power sources at least six inches apart.  Still another had students launch a projectile twenty-five feet across the room to hit an incoming asteroid (coffee can).

Yes, they hit the asteroid.  We have video to prove it.  Also take a few minutes to watch the science fiction movies.  Kentucky Space Movie Project.

So these students used their imagination to travel and explore our universe.  Then just for fun they stopped an incoming asteroid in order to save the world.  After watching these young people interact, think, test, fail and make corrections, I feel a little safer about the earth’s future.