Challenger Spotlight

Challenger Colorado is getting ready for another great STEM Bootcamp in 2018!

STEM Bootcamp is one of the top teacher workshops in the region.  Challenger Colorado invites STEM-focused presenters from across the nation to lead education workshops.  STEM Bootcamp covers three days of workshops which prepare teachers to implement classroom ready projects in their schools.  

Past presenters include MIT, SparkFun, Dash Robotics, Estes Rockets, Colorado Springs Utilities, USAFA, ISSAC Engineering, EleSTEMary, LEGO and more. Past sessions have covered subjects including robotics, coding, high altitude balloons , simple machines, airplane design, astronomy, Project-Based Learning, quantum mechanics for elementary students, and more.  Professional development credit will made available to attendees.

2018 STEM Bootcamp Details

When:  July 17 - 19, 2018
Where: Bear Creek Elementary School (District 38)
Who:    120 available slots for K-12th grade educators
Cost:    $60
PD Credit: 24 contact hours

Bootcamp Registration opens April 2nd.

More details will follow in the coming months.
Calendar of Events for Teachers
February 26 & 28 - WeDo LEGO Design Challenge

Who: Students in Grades 4th and 5th
Location: Library 21C (Briargate), Colorado Springs
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost:  Free - Registration is closed.

Teams of students will compete to build a mystery design using their WeDo LEGO kits.  Due to the large number of 4th & 5th grade teams participating, the competition will be divided into two nights.  Participants will be informed which night to attend. 

Registration for this event is now closed.  Challenger announces new LEGO Design Challenges each fall, typically in October.  If you are interested in joining us next year, watch this Challenger Newsletter for the announcement.
 
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March 5 -  Early Simple Machines  LEGO Design Challenge  

Who: Kindergarten & 1st Grade students
Location: Library 21C (Briargate), Colorado Springs
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: Free - 
Registration is closed
 
Teams of students will compete to build a mystery design using their Early Simple Machines LEGO kits.  Registration for this event is now closed.
 
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March 6 & 7 - Simple Machines LEGO Design Challenge 

Who: 2nd & 3rd Grade students
Location: Library 21C (Briargate), Colorado Springs
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: Free -  Registration is closed
 
Teams of students will compete to build a mystery design using their Simple Machines LEGO kits.  Due to the large number of teams participating the competition will be divided into two nights.  Participants will be informed which night to attend. Registration for this event is now closed.
 
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March 19 - Program Registration Opens for Districts 11 & 20
 
School Districts 11 and 20 can begin registering for Challenger Programs in the 2018-2019 school year. If you have any questions concerning scheduling missions, or signing up for training please contact our Registrar Marty Grantz: 

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April 2 - Registration Opens for STEM Bootcamp
 
STEM Bootcamp is Challenger Colorado's premier professional development conference for educators.  Tickets sell out quickly.

2018 Bootcamp Details:
 
When:  July 17 - 19, 2018
Where: Bear Creek Elementary School (District 38)
Who:    120 available slots for K-12th grade educators
Cost:    $60
PD Credit: 24 contact hours

Contact Ron Bush if you have further questions: 
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April 9 - Program Registration Opens for All
 
All school districts, organizations, and groups can begin registering for Challenger Programs in the 2018-2019 school year. If you have any questions concerning scheduling missions, or signing up for training please contact our Registrar Marty Grantz: 

Our Night Sky
Mars, Jupiter and Saturn
These three planets are visible in the  south eastern sky, rising after midnight, and visible until sunrise.
 
Feb 15
New Moon.

See the International Space Station!

This website will calculate when and where you need to look to see the ISS in your city.
Teacher Web Resource
ESA Kids!

NASA isn't the only space agency around.  The European Space Agency also has a great website for kids.

Space News
Christa McAuliffe's Mission Continues

Two teachers-turned-astronauts will film the lessons that Christa MicAuliffe was set to teach on her Challenger Space Shuttle mission.  
 
Upcoming Global Launches
Feb 1
China
A Chinese Long March 2D rocket will launch the Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite.  It will use electromagnetic signals to improve earthquake prediction services.  Secondary payloads include CubeSats for the European Space Agency and the Danish, Chinese, and Argentinian, governments.
 
Feb 10
California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a radar imaging satellite providing services for the Spanish government and commercial users.
 
Feb 11
Kazakhstan
A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch a cargo delivery to the ISS.
 
Feb 24
Japan
A Japanese H-2A rocket will launch an reconnaissance satellite for the Japanese government.
 
Feb TBD
India
An Indian Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle will launch the GSAT 6A satellite providing mobile phone services to India.
 
Feb TBD
Marshall Islands
An Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rocket will launch NASA's Ionospheric Connection Explorer Satellite.  It will study Earth's Ionosphere.
 
February TBD
Kazakhstan
A Russian Proton rocket will launch a communications satellite providing services to Russia.
 
Feb TBD
Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a commercial communication satellite providing services to Europe, North Africa, and the Americas.
 
Feb TBD
California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 10 satellites providing commercial cell phone services.
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