The Stunning STEM Shuttle

The Dream Flight USA STEM Shuttle is as unique as it is stunning. The mobile classroom, its exterior a brilliant display of a space shuttle and outer space objects, is in reality a 45-foot long motor coach. Now in its 12th year of shuttle missions, the “field trip that visits schools,” in Wisconsin and adjacent states, continues to motivate upper elementary and middle school students to learn. As striking as its exterior may be, it’s what goes on inside the STEM Shuttle that is most important. A typical school day finds up to five groups, of 15 students at a time, spending up to an hour challenged by a series of hands-on activities on board the shuttle. The education process, aided by two on board teachers, is designed to motivate students to learn. In fact, the mission of the Dream Flight USA Foundation, located in Wausau, WI, is to “Motivate students to learn.”

October 17, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sue Bushman - Teacher

Sandy Smith - Teacher

Dave Dietzler -Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

Mission

All Systems "Go" in Ladysmith

It's Mission Accomplished at the Ladysmith Elementary School. The shuttle crew brought out most of the challenging hands-on work stations, and the students met the challenge. We hope to return this really neat school. Many more pictures can be seen on the Dream Flight USA Facebook Page.

Mission

STEM Shuttle Returns to Southern Door

For the 4th consecutive year, the shuttle docked at the Southern Door Middle School in Brussels, WI. The shuttle and crew returned home following the shuttle mission.  For the past 2 days, the shuttle docked at Father Allouez School in Green Bay.

October 5, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sue Bushman - Teacher

Sharon Ryan - Teacher

Dave Dietzler -Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

October 4, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sue Bushman - Teacher

Sharon Ryan - Teacher

Dave Dietzler -Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

Mission

Father Allouez Mission Ends

The 2-day STEM Shuttle mission, October 3 and 4, at the Father Allouez School in Green Bay has come to an end. This was our first visit to this really neat school. Many thanks to the staff for the great hospitality shown our shuttle crew.

Mission

Father Allouez School in Green Bay

It's a 2-day STEM Shuttle mission, October 3 and 4, at the Father Allouez School in Green Bay. One of the highlights of the shuttle mission is the introduction of a new hands-on work station...building an arch. The shuttle crew reports great students and staff at Father Allouez..

October 3, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sue Bushman - Teacher

Sharon Ryan - Teacher

Dave Dietzler -Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

September 30, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Tom Rath-Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

Mission

Roosevelt's "Touch a Truck"

Roosevelt School in Plover, WI hosted a "Touch a Truck" fundraiser at Lake Pacawa in Plover on Saturday, September 30. The STEM Shuttle was there via an invitation from our education partner, UW Stevens Point. Long lines were the rule of the day as visitors to the event waited to tour the shuttle.

Mission

Wausau Community Fest

Tours of the STEM Shuttle began at 9 AM Saturday, September 23, continued non-stop until 3 PM. Among the visitors to the shuttle was Wausau Mayor Robert Mielke.  .

September 23, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Tom Rath-Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

Wausau Mayor Robert Mielke meets STEM Shuttle Pilot Tom Rath at Community Fest

September 18 - 21, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sue Bushman-Teacher

Sharon Ryan-Teacher

Dave Dietzler-Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

Mission

Starms Discovery Learning Center

For 4 days, the STEM Shuttle was docked at the Starms Discovery Learning Center in Milwaukee.  Great students! Great Staff! We look forward to a return visit.

Mission

Merrill Airport Day

Hundreds of visitors to Merrill Airport Day toured the STEM Shuttle on Saturday, September 9. Enjoy the pictures

September 9, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Shuttle Pilot/Photographer - Tom Rath

Wednesday, August 30Shuttle Crew:Sue Bushman - TeacherSandy Smith - TeacherTom Rath - Shuttle Pilot/Photographer 

Mission

North Lakeland Science Fair

The first school event of the Fall found the STEM Shuttle at the North Lakeland Elementary School Science Fair. Several students and parents toured the shuttle during the 4-hour program. Enjoy the pictures!

Mission

First City Days in Abbotsford, WI

The STEM Shuttle welcomed guests from around the area, including Michigan, during during the First City Days celebration on Sunday, August 13.

Sunday, August 13

Shuttle Crew:

Dennis Cihlar, STEM Shuttle Pilot

 

July 23 - 29, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sharon Ryan, Sue Bushman, Sandy Smith, Jack Gostisha, Tom Ketchum, and Tom Rath

Mission

KidVenture in Oshkosh

Once again, the STEM Shuttle welcomed visitors from around the world during AirVenture. Our teachers offered two popular hands-on activities inside the adjacent hangar, while others learned about the unique shuttle and its mission on board the vehicle. The shuttle and crew have been invited back for AirVenture 2018.

MISSION

Mosinee 4th of July Parade

The parade route throughout Mosinee was filled with spectators, many showing the Red, White, and Blue. Prior to the parade, several visitors, many of them students, toured the STEM Shuttle.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Dennis Cihlar - Shuttle Pilot

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Bonnie Grueneberg - Shuttle Pilot

MISSION:

Edgar Fire Department Parade

The parade season has begun! The STEM Shuttle, under a clear blue sky, took part in the Edgar Fire Department Parade on Sunday, June 4.  Bonnie Grueneberg piloted the shuttle down a street made for parades. Enjoy the pictures taken from the shuttle along the parade route.  To see more, click here.

MISSION:

St. Croix Falls Middle School

The St. Croix Falls Middle School was the site of the final STEM Shuttle mission of the school year. To see more pictures of the shuttle mission, please click here.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sandy Smith - Teacher

Sue Bushman - Teacher

Dave Dietzler - Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

On Board Teacher - Sandy Smith

On Board Teacher - Sharon Ryan

Shuttle Pilot/Photographer - Tom Rath

MISSION:

Waupaca Middle School

Thursday, May 18 was a busy but productive day at the Waupaca, WI Middle School.  Pictures of the students being challenged by the hands-on work stations tell the story.  More pictures of the shuttle mission can be seen by clicking here.

MISSION:

Montello and Westfield Schools

The STEM Shuttle traveled to Montello, WI, the home of Nelson and Pade. Students from Westfield and Montello Elementary schools had a busy day, touring the Nelson and Pade Aquaponics facilities and being challenged by the hands-on activities on board the STEM Shuttle.  In fact, the Starfinder activity was moved off the shuttle to a nearby tent to accommodate all of the students.  More pictures can be seen by clicking here.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

On Board Teacher - Sue Bushman

On Board Teacher - Sandy Smith

Shuttle Pilot/Photographer - Tom Rath

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

On Board Teacher - Sandy Smith

On Board Teacher - Sharon Ryan

Shuttle Pilot/Photographer - Tom Rath

MISSION:

Tomahawk School Complex

Thanks to a grant from the STAR Foundation (Supporting Tomahawk Area Resources), the shuttle docked at the Tomahawk School Complex on Thursday, May 11. It was the 8th graders who spent the day challenged by the on board hands-on activities. To see more pictures, please click here.

MISSION:

Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language

Docking at the Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language in Milwaukee is always a rewarding experience. Students from around the world, having recently moved to the Milwaukee area take part in the STEM Shuttle program. More pictures can be seen by clicking here.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sandy Smith - Teacher

Sharon Ryan - Teacher

Tom Rath - Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

Friday, May 5, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

On Board Teacher - Sue Bushman

On Board Teacher - Sharon Ryan

Shuttle Pilot/Photographer - Tom Rath

MISSION:

Treehaven (UWSP STEM Exploration Day)

The northern campus of UW-Stevens Point hosted the third and final STEM Exploration Day of the school year on Friday, May 5. Middle school students from the northern part of Wisconsin were invited to take part in several STEM activities, including the Dream Flight USA STEM Shuttle. To see more pictures, please click here.

MISSION:

Abbotsford Elementary School

For the 11th consecutive year, the STEM Shuttle docked at the Abbotsford Elementary School. For more pictures from April 19, please click here. Abbotsford Elementary is already planning next year's STEM Shuttle mission.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sue Bushman - Teacher

Sharon Ryan - Teacher

Tom Rath - Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

Schedule Your STEM Shuttle Mission

If you are interested in having the shuttle visit your school or event, please call us at 715-845-6392, or e-mail us at Dream Flight USA Mission Control.