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Challenger Center Completes Christa McAuliffe's Planned Lessons in Collaboration with International Space Station Astronauts


Challenger Center, a leading science, technology, engineering, and math
(STEM) education organization, today released the first of several
lessons teacher Christa McAuliffe had planned to complete during the
Challenger STS 51L Teacher in Space mission. In partnership with NASA
and STEM
on Station
, Challenger Center worked with International Space
Station astronauts Ricky Arnold and Joe Acaba to film the lessons and
develop corresponding classroom activities. The first lesson,
chromatography, is now available at

"More than 32 years ago, Christa and the Challenger crew set out on a
mission to inspire students," said Lance Bush, Challenger Center's
President and CEO. "We have continued that mission by creating and
delivering hands-on STEM education programs to millions of students
around the world. It is our privilege to add to these efforts and
collaborate with NASA to carry out Christa's plans and complete her
lessons on the International Space Station."

Aboard the Challenger shuttle, McAuliffe planned to conduct lessons as
part of an educational packet that would be distributed after the
mission. Arnold filmed several of the lessons just as McAuliffe had
planned, while others were reimagined. In addition to chromatography,
STEM topics covered in the videos filmed by Arnold using materials
aboard the Space Station include effervescence, liquids in microgravity,
and Newton's law.

The videos come with corresponding classroom lessons for teachers to
further engage their students. After watching the videos, the lessons
challenge students to recreate the experiment and observe the
differences between what they saw happen on the International Space
Station and what happens in their classroom, including if ink separates
differently on paper with microgravity and if antacid tablets produce
more bubbles in space. Each lesson is aligned to Next Generation Science

"When educator astronauts, Ricky and Joe, requested to conduct Christa
McAuliffe's lesson plan, I was moved by how this honors not just her
memory, but all educators world-wide," said Mike Kincaid, NASA's
associate administrator of the Office of STEM Engagement. "Working with
Challenger Center to bring those lessons directly to students and
teachers has been a rewarding effort that we hope will spark the next
generation into STEM careers."

McAuliffe was a high school teacher from Concord, New Hampshire who made
history when she was selected as the first teacher to go into space. The
Challenger shuttle crew tragically died on the morning of January 28,
1986 when the shuttle broke apart 73 seconds after launch.

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About Challenger Center

As a leader in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
education, Challenger Center provides more than 260,000 students
annually with experiential education programs that engage students in
hands-on learning opportunities. These programs, delivered in Challenger
Learning Centers and classrooms, strengthen knowledge in STEM subjects
and inspire students to pursue careers in these important fields.
Challenger Center was created by the Challenger families to honor the
crew of shuttle flight STS-51-L.

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