“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
- Complete 1 Month to 2 Weeks Before Attendance
- 1-2 Days Before
- Ambassador Letters
- Day of Field Trip
____ *Order Lunches for students (Please bring in large boxes)
____ Print out and review Planning Guide
____ *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
____ *Assign every student to a position in the simulator. Crew Positions Form
____ 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.
____ Confirm that your credit card information is entered into our registration system so we can process your payment
well before you arrive. This allows us to to focus on the field trip instead of sorting out checks and receipts.
____ *Print out a Boarding Pass for each student (Optional Small Boarding Pass)
____ Organize any parent volunteers you feel would be helpful (max 1 per simulator)
covered in your class. Classes that take time to discuss the mission perform substantially better than those that don’t.
Some teachers have provided the direct video link so their students can review the briefing at home.
____ Verify that you have the correct directions to our school 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.
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 & ActivitiesTeacher 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
Language Arts Lesson – “Voices of Perikoi”
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Language Arts 5th Grade Standard 7 – Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).
Language Arts 6th Grade Standard 7 – Compare and contrast the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text, including contrasting what they “see” and “hear” when reading the text to what they perceive when they listen or watch.
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Recognize that written communication alone doesn’t always convey the intent of the author. Stories, letters, emails, or other forms of communication can be interpreted differently without hearing the author’s voice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which positions should I assign ELL students, and those with learning disabilities or other challenges?
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