Des nouvelles de Mission X

  • Photos from Day 1: Team Southwood Valley!

  • Photos from Day 1: Team South Knoll!

    Team South Knoll photo 1
    Team South Knoll photo 2 Team South Knoll photo 3
  • Success!

    The first mission, Crew Assembly, was awesome and the kids loved it! It took us a few minutes to get the mission in full swing but once we did everyone had a blast and everyone was able to complete the mission. The thing I notced most about the kids was the pure fun they were having, they were ecstatic about training like astronauts! They were more excited about space than ever before. Also very noticeable was the focus and willingness to learn about how the mission applies to space. It's impossible to avoid the challenge that wearing work gloves creates while trying to solve an ABC layered 25 piece puzzle! The mission went great and the kids are chomping at the bit to get their next taste of space on thursday!

  • First Day: Crew Assembly

    The first day of our NASA challenge was a success. It started out a little rough because we had a soccer game and dance club occurring at the same time. It was utter chaos at first, but once the kids began the activity, then the mission began to take shape. Mr.Corey and I emphasized the importance of teamwork in the mission. We also discussed the roles that astronauts take on in space and referring to the similar roles of the crew assembly assignment. The kids were frustrated whenever they had to use the gloves to assemble the puzzle together. We let them give themselves team names. Some of those team names were Moonwalkers, Astronauts, Astronaut Gloves, Martians, and Aliens. Once they were making progress with their puzzles, they saw the benefits of patience and teamwork. I asked several of the kids their opinion about the activity, and the general response was that they had a lot of fun.

  • Go Discovery!

    STS-131 photo

    STS-131 launched this morning, headed to the International Space Station. Check out http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html for live updates via NASA TV! Some cool facts: - This is the 131st space shuttle launch and the 162nd American manned space flight. - This mission marks the first time four women have been in space together: astronaut Tracy Caldwell-Dyson is currently living aboard the space station, and astronauts Stephanie Wilson, Dottie Metcalf-Lindenberger (a teacher!), and Naoko Yamazaki will join her there on-orbit. - Astronauts from Japan, the United States, and Russia will all be working together while Discovery is in orbit. - Three spacewalks are planned for this mission to finish building and supplying the space station.

  • EXPLORING the new Mission X Website

    Well, HAPPY April 1st, 2010. I got to see the pictures from the March beta test in College Station where they looked like they were really having FUN, WELL DONE and Thank you! I also got to wander around the new Mission X Website known as trainlikeanastronaut.org. I think the Mission X team needs a new camera or an eye exam and I think I will need more lessons on how to use a website and blog - BUT....THIS IS GREAT!. Chuck

  • Living Bones, Strong Bones!

    Explorers figure out what makes bones strong...

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