Lunar Challenge Lunar Challenge
Parent Involvement improves student
Lunar Challenge is an interdisciplinary parent
involvement program, featuring inquiry-based
learning and community partnerships.
Live the vision of lunar exploration with this award-winning family challenge!
The program engages parent-child teams (grades 4-8) in a school or facility during
four two-hour sessions. It uses your building’s systems as a model for the design and
construction of the first lunar colony.
Lunar Challenge’s goals are to enhance families’ systems thinking and to increase
their understanding of the inquiry process while they learn to communicate and work
together. This real-world simulation emphasizes workplace readiness skills and
promotes literacy through portfolio usage. Community mentors offer career-based
knowledge to enrich the experience.
Family teams learn to work together during multiple sessions.
? Explorations: Participating in activities that foster team interactions
? Fact-Finding: Working online and with community mentors
? Modeling: Designing and constructing a model lunar colony
? Reflections: Building understanding through communications
“This isn‟t like the science we used to do in
school.” - Parent
“Lunar Challenge was wonderful. We all
learned about communicating and
compromise. The diversity of the designs was
interesting and we all delighted in the
accomplishment.” - Parent
? Lunar Challenge creates the platform for
community professionals to participate as
guest “experts,” sharing their career
experiences during the modeling process.
? A greater opportunity for cementing
partnerships exists when talent and
services are exchanged.
? Community and religious leaders may
want to endorse this program for its
contribution to family values.
Not only what you learn, but also how you learn it aligns with best practices in education today.
The guided inquiry framework provides opportunities for:
? Teachers to practice what they’ve learned about teaching through inquiry
? Parents to learn about good science by doing it
? Mentors to work side-by-side with an educator modeling current strategies
? Students to pursue answers to their questions in partnership with their parent
Schools are encouraged to offer the program in
conjunction with frameworks-related content in
classroom activities. Lists of NRC standards and
SCANS Competencies addressed are provided in
the curriculum materials.
“I see this as an exciting way to „grab‟ both the
reluctant learner and the learner who relishes a
challenge....Your model takes the „educationese‟
out and delivers the content in meaningful terms
that everyone can understand.”
- Joanne Tuxbury
NH Presidential Awardee 2000, Elementary Science
Lunar Challenge is one of a menu of PACCT (Parents And Children as Co-Travelers in a World of Ideas) programs developed and managed by EDNOVATIONS for the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. Funding was provided by the
National Science Foundation.
? Lunar Challenge content has been field tested and proven effective.
? 100% of the families analyzed were able to state a comparison between the
school and lunar colony’s systems
? 71% were able to give examples of other systems.
? Embedded assessment tools are provided for district use
“I think it was very interesting because I didn‟t know my dad was so smart. I
liked working with my teammates and I liked working with my dad. It was a
great program because I learned a lot about solving problems. This was a
great experience I will never forget.”- Student
The PACCT project was awarded the SBC Foundation and National Partners in
Education Grand Award 2000 for “outstanding partnerships that have facilitated the
integration of telecommunications technology into education and documented
positive outcomes of student achievement and success.”
The Lunar Challenge Program consists of a scripted teacher’s guide with curriculum;
facilitation and outreach tips; program materials and six months of support via email.
Single Program per school district: $285 $270 for UVBEP partners Multiple Programs per school district: $270 $260 for UVBEP partners
Shipping and handling fees are additional.
For information and ordering, contact: Jan Anstatt
603 Gunston Lane
Wilmington, NC 28405