Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

School News

January 28, 2011

Students mark 25th anniversary of Challenger disaster

BROWNSBURG — BROWNSBURG — Fifth-grade students at Kingsway Christian School in Avon were not yet born when one of the darkest moments in our nation’s space program occurred.

Seven astronauts died Jan. 28, 1986, when the space shuttle Challenger exploded just 73 seconds into its mission. It was especially horrific to the millions of teachers and students who were watching on TV to witness Christa McAuliffe, a high school teacher from New Hampshire, become the first teacher in space.

That tragedy has turned into an educational opportunity as Challenger Learning Centers across the country honor the legacies of those taken with math, science, and space education daily. On Friday, those 48 centers, including a brand new Louisville location, commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster with a day of special services and activities.

The Brownsburg Challenger Learning Center (BCLC) hosted fifth-graders  from Kingsway Christian School. Students flew in two “Return to the Moon” missions where they simulated being aboard a space shuttle and in the control room. Students were also treated to a greeting from former president George H.W. Bush and Dr. June Scobee Rodgers, widow of Challenger Commander Dick Scobee.

“It’s very important that students understand why this place exists,” said Mary Patterson of the BCLC.

The students also had an opportunity to work on one of McAuliffe’s lessons that she planned to teach from space. Students learned about chromatography and how microgravity affected the experiment.

“The beauty of what we do here is that they do a lot of learning in the classroom, but here they apply that learning,” said Patterson.

Ceremonies also took place in Houston, Albuquerque, and Florida, where Rodgers also conducted a news conference. A commemorative service to honor the crew was held at the Space Mirror Memorial at Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor’s Complex.

Text Only
School News
  • Cellular Connection provides scholarships Children ages 13 and younger in Avon and Brownsburg have the opportunity to receive college scholarships by simply doing one of their favorite activities: coloring.The Cellular Connection, the largest Verizon Premium Wireless retailer in the U.S., re

    August 18, 2014

  • Adult education classes offered Wayne Township Adult Basic Education is again offering High School Equivalency (formerly known as GED) classes from 9 a.m. to noon and from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Brownsburg Public Library.A youth class for 16- and 17-year-ol

    August 18, 2014

  • Speedway resident named to president's list Alexandra Smith, a Speedway resident and junior majoring in Math Education, has been named to the Trine University president's list for the spring 2014 semester. To be named to the president's list, a student must have at least a 3.75 grade point ave

    August 13, 2014

  • Miami University awards degree to Indy resident Hannah Harp of Indianapolis was among students from Miami University who received a degree during spring commencement exercises in Yager Stadium. Miami University is a public university located in southwestern Ohio offering 120 degree programs in hum

    August 13, 2014

  • Brownsburg resident receives scholarship Ceira Hegwood of Brownsburg is the recipient of a $2,000 Brothers Scholarship, renewable fro three years, from the Heritage Group Scholarship Fund. Brothers Scholarships are awarded each year to outstanding students who intend to enroll at an accredi

    August 11, 2014

  • HCF 8-9 skl bainbridge reunion pic 1 Bainbridge Class of 1964 celebrates 50 years The Bainbridge High School Class of 1964 (BHS 64) held its 50-year graduation anniversary reunion recently at the Community Building in Bainbridge. Some 31 classmates along with 20 spouses and guests were present for the buffet dinner and program. Em

    August 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • IUHPFL launches program in China On June 7, nine Indiana high school students departed for Hangzhou, China, with IU Honors Program in Foreign Languages (IUHPFL) Managing Director, Stephanie Goetz, as the inaugural group to the Program’s first site in Asia. IUHPFL Hangzhou-bound stud

    August 11, 2014

  • New Winchester holds alumni banquet The New Winchester High School Alumni Banquet is scheduled for today.Alumni, teachers, and former students will gather at the New Winchester Baptist Church, 6746 W. U.S. 36, for the 97th New Winchester High School Alumni Banquet.A social hour starts

    August 4, 2014

  • JAG students awarded $10 million in scholarships Indiana’s Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program was recognized last week at the 31st annual National Training Seminar in Orlando, Fla., for leading the nation in postsecondary scholarship money awarded.Hoosier JAG students have been awarded more

    August 4, 2014

  • Avon Education Foundation seeks donations The Avon Education Foundation is seeking donations of school supplies for Avon classrooms. As the 2014-15 school year approaches, parents, students and educators are busy making last minute preparations for the new term and many teachers are spending

    August 4, 2014

House Ads
Hendricks County Marquee
Email News Sign Up
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Poll

Are you worried about the violence in Ferguson, Mo., spreading across the country?

Yes
No
Not concerned one way or the other
     View Results
AP Video
Obama: World Is Appalled by Murder of Journalist Israel, Militants Trade Fire After Talks Fail Pres. George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge Pierce Brosnan's Call to Join the Expendables Changes Coming to No-Fly List Raw: IDF Footage Said to Show Airstrikes Police: Ferguson More Peaceful Raw: Aftermath of Airstrike in Gaza Raw: Thousands March on Pakistani Parliament Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan Fire Crews Tame Yosemite Fire Raw: Police Weapon Drawn Near Protesters, Media Raw: Explosions in Gaza As Airstrikes Resume Charter Schools Alter Post-Katrina Landscape Texas Gov. Perry: Indictment 'a Political Act' US Officials: Video Shows American's Beheading Video Shows Ferguson Cop Months Before Shooting Water Bottles Recalled for Safety Researcher Testing On-Field Concussion Scanners
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Must Read