“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”
– Alexander Graham Bell

In preparation for your upcoming field trip with the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center, we wanted to provide a few materials to help make your experience easier and more valuable.  If you need any additional help at all feel free contact us by email or phone to get personal assistance.

Field Trip Checklist                                                                      Print Checklist

Suggestion: Make yourself a reminder either on a calendar or other note as to when you will complete each item.  School gets busy and it is easy to put off some of these important steps.  We hope following this checklist will help improve your experience.

*Bare minimum required tasks for a worthwhile visit

Do Immediately After you Register
____ *Schedule a bus – Double check times to arrive at by 9:30 and leave at 1:30 Alpine School District Bus Request – Min. 2 weeks in advance
____ *Order Lunches for students (Please bring in large boxes)
____ *Select your Mission & Presentation (Not sure which to choose?  Check out our Mission Overviews)
____ Write down the details of your field trip on a calendar or other memorable location.
____ Pass on all details and a link to this website to all participating teachers.

Complete 1 Month to 2 Weeks Before Attendance
____ *Complete any required lesson materials prior to attendance (Cold Hearted requires additional lesson before attending)
____ *Assign every student to a position in the simulator. Crew Positions Form
____ Login and verify that your registration matches the number of ships you need.  Classroom sizes change and 2-3 more students can make a big difference.  We will send an email reminder a few days before your field trip.
____ *Print out a Boarding Pass for each student

1-2 Days Before
____ *Watch and discuss Mission Briefing with your class.  Review mission objectives and make connections to content covered in your class.  Classes that take time to discuss the mission perform substantially better than those that don’t.  We have created an Officer’s Log activity that has briefing resources and career exploration activities that students can complete at home.
____ Verify that you have the correct directions to our school (95 North 400 East, P.G.) and understand the fastest route.  Many bus drivers are familiar with our location, but we want to make sure you have as much time as is possible.  Be assertive that you know the way.

Ambassador Letters
____ These documents can be printed and given to the Ambassador or Captain of each ship.  These documents are useful for them to read through ahead of your visit to the space center and will provide more of the background story that will help them to perform their position.  [Ambassador Letters]

Day of Field Trip
____ Before leaving your school please review the importance of appropriate behavior and your expectations while visiting the space center.
____ Make sure to have all Boarding Passes ready and that all lunches are in large boxes.  Some teachers pass out the Alpha group’s Boarding Pass a few minutes before the bus unloads.
____ If you have unplanned absent students you can rearrange positions and as a general rule the positions at the bottom of the Magellan list are easiest to do without.  Keep the smaller ships filled.
____ If your school is within ~30 minutes of our location and you know the bus is likely to leave late.  Have your students use the restroom and wash their hands before lining up to board the bus to maximize time in the simulators upon arrival.


Additional Classroom Materials & Activities

Teacher Resources

In addition to your field trip we want to provide materials designed to cover curriculum content that has been adapted to make connections with our program. As a participant in our program we encourage you to use these materials, but they are not required for successful attendance. We recognize that when you teach certain content covered in these materials it might not align with your scheduled field trip. We have done our best to make materials that can be used throughout the year. Our desire is to empower you with a variety of tools that can make connections and motivate throughout the year. Some teachers who attend our program use us as an ongoing theme months before or after attending. Example ­ “Today we are going to do an activity about gender roles† to prepare us for our upcoming field trip to the Space Center.”

†6th Grade Social Studies - Standard 1, Objective 4d

Helpful Links

Teacher Resources

Planning Guide

Crew Positions

Boarding Pass

Mission Briefing

Flyers & Posters

Letter to Parents




If changes need to be made to your reservation please contact us as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions


Which positions should I assign ELL students, and those with learning disabilities or other challenges?

The Magellan is best suited to help in those situation as it has extra staff.  Look for the positions that have two people performing them such as Communications, Security, or Damage Control.  That way they can be paired with another student that can assist.

How many teachers and parents can come?

Each group (Alpha/Bravo) needs to have a teacher in charge in case of discipline problems.  Additional adults can attend with 1 per registered simulator.  So if your reservation is for 2 Groups with 3 simulators each that means 2 teachers and 4 other adults could accompany.  These adults should be instructed to help maintain appropriate behavior.

When should I hand out any flyers that we have been given.

We appreciate your help in promoting our program. The best time to hand them out is as they get off the bus to go home on the day of your field trip or the very next day.  Thank you!


 All materials presented on this website are created by the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center for the use of participating patrons.  Materials are not to be reproduced or distributed out of the scope of the terms specified without written permission.  All materials remain the property of Alpine School District but may be used by those organizations and teachers who are participating in the CMSEC programs.