The sky was the limit for sixth graders at HANC’s Samuel and Elizabeth Bass Golding Elementary School, during their visit to the Buehler Challenger and Science Center in Paramus, NJ.
Over the past several months, the students have been learning about mission STS-51L set for January 1986. Unfortunately, the astronauts lost their lives in a horrible disaster due to a malfunctioning O-ring. The Buehler Challenger and Science Center allows for the students to complete the mission of the astronauts and gather information about Halley’s Comet.
The students had the opportunity to build a probe and calculated the coordinates to determine where the Comet was located. Once they completed the calculations, they were able to “send” the probe into space to collect information about what the Comet is made of.
During the course of the mission, an emergency arose and just like actual astronauts, the students had to work together to determine the best course of action to resolve the problematic issue.
Buehler is an excellent experience that is designed to foster team work, leadership and experimentation through inquiry-based learning.