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South Bay Earth & Space Exploration Center


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A unique earth and space discovery center on the ocean in Redondo Beach California. This is a program of the South Bay Science Foundation.

A unique earth and space discovery center on the ocean in Redondo Beach California. This is a program of the South Bay Science Foundation.

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  • 1. 1
    South Bay Earth & SpaceExploration Center
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    Exploration Center Mission:
    Develop excitement for learning earth and space sciences via the creation and operation of a sustainable edutainment facility in the South Bay of LA County.
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    Proposed Site is The Roundhouse at Redondo Beach Pier
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    Exploration Center Green Features:
    Solar roof
    Wind turbines
    CFL, GU and LED lighting
    Seawater heat pump technology for heating and cooling building
    Sea wave power generation
    Other “Green” technologies
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    Exploration Center Objectives:
    Create a center for self-learning of subjects beginning at the ocean’s bottom and extending to the outer limits of deep space
    House the Center in a model Green Building
    Develop age appropriate programs for k-12
    Provide the casual visitor a captivating experience explaining the uniqueness and fragility of planet Earth
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    Exploration Center Objectives:
    Build a learning center for advanced technologies centered around an inquiry-based, investigative approach
    Teach students, teachers, parents, and community STEM subjects via engaging hands-on, interactive activities, demonstrations and workshops
    Host annual summer camps and year ‘round workshops in collaboration with area schools
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    Space and Earth Science Resources:
    Challenger Center for Space Science Education Programs :
    Challenger Learning Center Missions (5-12)
    Micronauts (K-4)
    SOAR Curriculum Sharing Project
    E-Mission (6-8)
    PACCT (5-8 + parents)
    Space Day (K-12)
    Space Camp
  • 8. The Challenger Learning Center
    Challenger Center for Space Science Education
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  • 10. Challenger Center for Space Science Education
    An international, not-for-profit education organization founded in 1986 by the families of the Challenger 51-L crew.
    Educational programs use space as a theme and the power of simulations as a teaching tool.
    Highly acclaimed programs motivate students to learn, while helping them develop critical life skills.
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    It’s our Mission.
    Challenger Center Mission
    To create a scientifically literate population that can thrive in a world increasingly driven by information, knowledge, and technology.
    To create positive learning experiences that foster in students a long-term interest in math, science, and technology.
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    The Learning Center Network
    Over 50 Challenger Learning Centers in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom
    Learning Centers may be developed by schools, universities, science centers, museums, cities or independent organizations.
    Each year, almost 500,000 students and teachers experience the hands-on challenges and excitement of a Learning Center program
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    Challenger Learning Centers
    The centerpiece of Challenger Center’s educational programming
    Staffed by master teachers, a Learning Center is a computerized simulator with a Mission Control Room and an orbiting Space Station
    Each simulation was produced with guidance from NASA experts
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    Pre-Visit Activities
    Teachers attend a one-day in-service training workshop.
    They receive extensive preparatory materials to use in their classrooms
    For up to six weeks prior to flying their mission, students work on curriculum materials to help understand the thematic topic of their simulation
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    Mission Scenarios
    - Rendezvous with a Comet
    - Return to the Moon
    - Encounter Earth
    - Voyage to Mars
    - Journey to Jupiter
    and Its Moons (2009)
    - Sojourn to Saturn
    and Its Satellites (2011)
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    The Mission
    Each student is assigned to a team:
    Life Support
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    The Mission
    Half of the students work at Mission Control.
    Others are transported to the Space Station.
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    Education Content
    Mission content is structured to support the National Science Education Standards, as well as national standards in mathematics, geography, technology and language arts
    Educational model emphasizes cooperative learning, problem-solving, and decision-making
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    Challenger Center Programs:
    School missions (grades 5-12)
    Public missions
    Individual/family Internet or on-site sign-ups
    Space camps
    Camp Whatchamacallit
    Corporate training
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    A K-4 program using the Challenger Center Space Station in which young astronauts conduct up to ten different hands-on activities including classifying rocks, examining insects for radioactivity, investigating objects under a microscope, explore the solar system and build a nano-satellite with googleplex parts.
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    Classroom-based interactive earth science simulation via the Internet
    One day of teacher preparation
    Internet-based simulation preparation
    Internet-based assessment
    Real-time reenactment of natural catastrophe
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    Phase II Earth and Space Science Resources:
    Guided Solar System Tours
    Space Exploration Exhibits: past, present and future
    UNESCO World Heritage Sites exhibits
    Digital Starlab
    Robotics Lab
    Rocket Lab
    Red Rover Site (Planetary Society project)
    Eye-in-the-Sea (Monterey Aquarium project)
    NASA programs
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    An inflatable projection dome that augments the teaching of astronomy, earth science, biology and the mythology of the stars.
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    Learning from Blue Marble
    Blue Marble is one of the most detailed composite image of Planet Earth ever created. The Blue Marble was developed at NASA.
    This physical model of the Blue Marble was designed by Thomas Grimm working with a team at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
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    Using LEGO’s Red Rover, Red Rover kits, teams of students design and build their own Mars Rovers guiding them from a computer across a simulated Mars terrain.
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    Red Rover, Red Rover in Action
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    Proposed Curricular Enhancement Goals:
    Create space and earth science theme for the K-12 science and math program
    Integrate hands-on, interactive space and earth science learning tools into curriculum
    Increase student interest in science and math
    Increase student problem-solving skills
    Expand students leadership, teamwork and communication skills
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    Support the Exploration Center
    Send your donation today via check or money order to:
    South Bay Science Foundation
    Earth and Space Exploration Center
    3878 Carson Street, Suite 101
    Torrance, CA 90503
    The South Bay Science Foundation, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation.
    All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extend allowed by law.