Wednesday August 17, 2022 at 7:30 PM EDT

The Challenger Learning Center Experience

This lecture is live at the observatory and available online via Zoom. You are encouraged to come to the observatory to meet James and join in our always lively Q&A after his talk. Later, if the weather cooperates, we offer tours and viewing opportunities through the big telescopes.

In the aftermath of the Challenger accident, the crew’s families came together, firmly committed to the belief that they must carry on the spirit of their loved ones by continuing the Challenger crew’s educational mission. Their efforts resulted in the creation of Challenger Center for Space Science Education. Challenger Learning Centers use space-themed simulated learning and role-playing strategies to help students bring their classroom studies to life and cultivate skills needed for future success, such as problem solving, critical thinking, communication and teamwork. 

James Keough will present information-about and programs-offered at the Challenger Learning Center of the Twin Tier Region in Allegany, NY, near the campus of St. Bonaventure University. There are three main components of the Challenger Learning Center experience: Pre-Visit Activities, The Mission, and Post-Visit Activities—each of which contributes to the strength of the learning process. Programs are tailored to students’ ages and are not just field trips. This is a chance for students to see themselves in successful roles as scientists, engineers and researchers.

James Keough graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a BS in Education. He later became certified in K-12 Vocal Music and taught in that capacity at Scio (NY) Central School for 24 years before teaching 4th grade for seven years. He is a former St. Bonaventure University supervisor. Jim was also an applicant to the Teacher in Space Project back in 1985, so the Challenger mission is close to his heart. In his spare time, he enjoys flying radio controlled model aircrafts and geocaching.


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Time: August 17, 2022 7:30 PM Eastern Time
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