Port Clinton Middle School Students completed a space mission simulation Dec. 20 at the Challenger Learning Center in Oregon.
Students were immersed in a realistic Mission Control and Space Station environment with computer consoles, communication headsets, continuous messages on the loudspeakers and electronic messages, among other features.
The participating students and their assigned duties:
•Remote: Hunter Mominee, Mason McDougall, Lyman Brown, Caden Chapman
•Medical: Sierra Thomas, Morgan Grimm, Dale Bagovich, Valorie Borton
•Isolation: Dylan Simpson, Gavin Preston, Jaxon Martinez, Kyle Coleman
•Probe: Omar Lucero, Eli Burkholder, Cooper Kowal, Dylan Smothers
•Life Support: Cara Linn, Elena Kessler, Jasper Nickel, Taylor Bubb
•Communication: Grace Talbott, Chris Knowles, Sam Walker, Gracie Heilmann
•Data: Hannah Moore, Mattison Koskela, Kaylee Phillips, Hannah Paeth
•Navigation: Cooper Stine, Lohany Arambula, Michael Baxter, Bobby Geisheimer.
“Embedded throughout the mission were opportunities for students to apply the skills they’ve learned in the classroom, grasp abstract concepts and take responsibility for their own learning,” said Jennifer Kelley, fleet 6 science teacher. “This year they were also given a few challenges that the International Space Station has been experiencing, and the students came up with the same solutions as the NASA engineers. I was very proud of their problem-solving and teamwork.”
The students successfully completed their individual tasks which, in turn, allowed the entire group to accomplish the final goal of landing on the moon. Ultimately, the students left the experience with a renewed spirit of camaraderie, self-esteem and commitment to learning.
The trip was sponsored by the North Point ESC as a part of their STEM initiative to increase student enthusiasm about math, science and technology.