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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.

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South Bay Earth & Space Exploration Center

  1. 1. 1<br />South Bay Earth & SpaceExploration Center<br />
  2. 2. 2<br />Exploration Center Mission:<br /> 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.<br />
  3. 3. 3<br />Proposed Site is The Roundhouse at Redondo Beach Pier<br />
  4. 4. 4<br />Exploration Center Green Features:<br />Solar roof <br />Wind turbines<br />Skylights<br />CFL, GU and LED lighting<br />Seawater heat pump technology for heating and cooling building<br />Sea wave power generation<br />Other “Green” technologies<br />
  5. 5. 5<br />Exploration Center Objectives:<br />Create a center for self-learning of subjects beginning at the ocean’s bottom and extending to the outer limits of deep space <br />House the Center in a model Green Building<br />Develop age appropriate programs for k-12<br />Provide the casual visitor a captivating experience explaining the uniqueness and fragility of planet Earth<br />
  6. 6. 6<br />Exploration Center Objectives:<br />Build a learning center for advanced technologies centered around an inquiry-based, investigative approach<br />Teach students, teachers, parents, and community STEM subjects via engaging hands-on, interactive activities, demonstrations and workshops<br />Host annual summer camps and year ‘round workshops in collaboration with area schools<br />
  7. 7. 7<br />Space and Earth Science Resources:<br />Challenger Center for Space Science Education Programs :<br />Challenger Learning Center Missions (5-12)<br />Micronauts (K-4)<br />SOAR Curriculum Sharing Project<br />E-Mission (6-8)<br />PACCT (5-8 + parents)<br />Space Day (K-12)<br />Space Camp<br />
  8. 8. The Challenger Learning Center <br /> Challenger Center for Space Science Education<br /><br />
  9. 9. 9<br />
  10. 10. Challenger Center for Space Science Education<br />An international, not-for-profit education organization founded in 1986 by the families of the Challenger 51-L crew.<br />Educational programs use space as a theme and the power of simulations as a teaching tool. <br />Highly acclaimed programs motivate students to learn, while helping them develop critical life skills.<br />
  11. 11. 11<br />Inspiring.<br />Exploring<br />Learning.<br />It’s our Mission.<br />Challenger Center Mission<br />To create a scientifically literate population that can thrive in a world increasingly driven by information, knowledge, and technology.<br />To create positive learning experiences that foster in students a long-term interest in math, science, and technology.<br />
  12. 12. 12<br />The Learning Center Network<br />Over 50 Challenger Learning Centers in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom <br />Learning Centers may be developed by schools, universities, science centers, museums, cities or independent organizations.<br />Each year, almost 500,000 students and teachers experience the hands-on challenges and excitement of a Learning Center program<br />
  13. 13. 13<br />Challenger Learning Centers<br />The centerpiece of Challenger Center’s educational programming<br />Staffed by master teachers, a Learning Center is a computerized simulator with a Mission Control Room and an orbiting Space Station<br />Each simulation was produced with guidance from NASA experts<br />
  14. 14. 14<br />Pre-Visit Activities<br />Teachers attend a one-day in-service training workshop. <br />They receive extensive preparatory materials to use in their classrooms<br />For up to six weeks prior to flying their mission, students work on curriculum materials to help understand the thematic topic of their simulation<br />
  15. 15. 15<br /> Mission Scenarios<br /> - Rendezvous with a Comet<br /> - Return to the Moon<br /> - Encounter Earth<br /> - Voyage to Mars<br /> - Journey to Jupiter <br /> and Its Moons (2009)<br /> - Sojourn to Saturn<br /> and Its Satellites (2011)<br />
  16. 16. 16<br />The Mission<br />Each student is assigned to a team:<br />Medical<br />Life Support<br />Isolation<br />Remote<br />Probe<br />Navigation<br />Communications<br />Data<br />
  17. 17. 17<br />The Mission<br />Half of the students work at Mission Control. <br />Others are transported to the Space Station.<br />
  18. 18. 18<br />Education Content<br />Mission content is structured to support the National Science Education Standards, as well as national standards in mathematics, geography, technology and language arts<br />Educational model emphasizes cooperative learning, problem-solving, and decision-making<br />
  19. 19. 19<br />Challenger Center Programs:<br />School missions (grades 5-12)<br />Public missions<br />Individual/family Internet or on-site sign-ups<br />Parent/child<br />Clubs<br />Seniors<br />Corporations<br />Space camps<br />Camp Whatchamacallit<br />Corporate training<br />
  20. 20. 20<br />MICRONAUTS: <br />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. <br />
  21. 21. 21<br />E-Mission:<br />Classroom-based interactive earth science simulation via the Internet<br />One day of teacher preparation<br />Internet-based simulation preparation<br />Internet-based assessment<br />Real-time reenactment of natural catastrophe <br />
  22. 22. 22<br />Phase II Earth and Space Science Resources:<br />Guided Solar System Tours<br />Space Exploration Exhibits: past, present and future<br />UNESCO World Heritage Sites exhibits<br />Digital Starlab<br />Robotics Lab<br />Rocket Lab<br />Red Rover Site (Planetary Society project)<br />Eye-in-the-Sea (Monterey Aquarium project)<br />NASA programs<br />
  23. 23. 23<br />DIGITAL STARLAB:<br />An inflatable projection dome that augments the teaching of astronomy, earth science, biology and the mythology of the stars.<br />
  24. 24. 24<br />STARLAB<br />
  25. 25. 25<br />Learning from Blue Marble<br />Blue Marble is one of the most detailed composite image of Planet Earth ever created. The Blue Marble was developed at NASA.<br />This physical model of the Blue Marble was designed by Thomas Grimm working with a team at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.<br />
  26. 26. 26<br />RED ROVER, RED ROVER:<br /> 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.<br />
  27. 27. 27<br />Red Rover, Red Rover in Action<br />
  28. 28. 28<br />Proposed Curricular Enhancement Goals:<br />Create space and earth science theme for the K-12 science and math program<br />Integrate hands-on, interactive space and earth science learning tools into curriculum<br />Increase student interest in science and math<br />Increase student problem-solving skills<br />Expand students leadership, teamwork and communication skills<br />
  29. 29. 29<br />Support the Exploration Center<br />Send your donation today via check or money order to:<br />South Bay Science Foundation<br />Earth and Space Exploration Center<br />3878 Carson Street, Suite 101<br />Torrance, CA 90503<br />The South Bay Science Foundation, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation. <br />All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extend allowed by law.<br />