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.”

Mission Brief

Mission Accomplished at Newman

Our STEM Shuttle crews always look forward to returning to the Newman Catholic Middle School in Wausau. This was the 3rd consecutive year the shuttle has docked at the school, and once again, our teachers had the highest praise for the students and staff. We look forward to returning next year. Enjoy these pictures, and more of them on the Dream Flight USA Facebook Page.

 

December 1, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sharon Ryan - Teacher

Sandy Smith - Teacher

Dennis Cihlar -Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

Mission Spotlight

 

A Weather Challenge

For some time now, we have been searching for a "weather" hands-on activity to be placed on the STEM Shuttle. It's not an easy task. The space on board the shuttle is limited, the activity must be designed for grades 4 - 8, and take 7 minutes or less for the students to complete.

We turned to the meteorologists at the National Weather Service (NWS) in Green Bay, WI, and they have accepted the challenge. As they work to develop the new work station, we are looking to introduce the activity in April.

To introduce some of the National Weather Service staff to the shuttle, we recently made a quick visit to their office located near the airport in Green Bay. We were impressed, to say the least. And the meteorologists, enjoying their first visit to the STEM Shuttle, were excited to be part of our program.

When you have the opportunity, take some time and visit the NWS website. Working 24/7, these are the folks that provide forecasts and so much more information to the residents of a large portion of Central and North East WI.

 

Mission Brief

Four-Day Mission Ends at Bryant

The first STEM Shuttle visit to the Bryant Elementary School in Milwaukee was the final stop on a 4-day shuttle mission to Milwaukee and St Francis. The complete photo album of the shuttle mission to Bryant and the rest of the Milwaukee trip can be seen on the Dream Flight USA Facebook Page.

 

November 16, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sue Bushman - Teacher

Sandy Smith - Teacher

Dave Dietzler -Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

November 15, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sue Bushman - Teacher

Sandy Smith - Teacher

Dave Dietzler -Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

Mission Brief

Parkview Welcomes STEM Shuttle

The shuttle and crew were welcomed by the Parkview students and teachers on Wednesday, November 15. Tjhis was the third day of the 4-day shuttle mission to Milwaukee and St Francis. The complete photo album of the shuttle mission can be seen on the Dream Flight USA Facebook Page.

Mission Brief

St Francis Welcomes Shuttle

Deer Creek Intermediate School in St Francis, WI welcomed the STEM Shuttle on Tuesday, November 14. It was a career day for the students, and they had a variety of special activities, including the hands-on work stations on board the shuttle, to experience.The complete photo album can be seen on the Dream Flight USA Facebook Page.

November 14, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sue Bushman - Teacher

Sandy Smith - Teacher

Dave Dietzler -Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

November 13, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sue Bushman - Teacher

Sandy Smith - Teacher

Dave Dietzler -Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

Mission Brief

Shuttle Docks @ Engleburg

Engleburg Elementary school in Milwaukee is the first stop on a 4-day STEM Shuttle mission to South East Wisconsin.  The shuttle will also dock at Deer Creek Intermediate School in St Francis, and Parkview and Bryant schools in Milwaukee.

Mission Brief

STEM Shuttle On Campus

The first of 3 STEM Exploration Days offered by UW Stevens Point took place on campus on Friday, November 10. The 3 events are open to middle school students in Wisconsin.  Friday was STEM Exploration for Boys, and the girls get their opportunity to sample several STEM stations located throughout the campus on February 23.

November 10, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sue Bushman - Teacher

Sandy Smith - Teacher

Tom Rath -Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

November 3, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sharon Ryan - Teacher

Sandy Smith - Teacher

Tom Rath -Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

Mission Brief

STEM Shuttle @ Mountain Bay

Mountain Bay Elementary School 5th graders and teachers welcomed the STEM Shuttle on Friday, November 3, the final day of the 6-day shuttle mission. This is the 12th consecutive year of the shuttle missions to the DC Everest School District. More pictures can be seen on the Dream Flight USA Facebook Page.

Mission Brief

STEM Shuttle Docks At Evergreen

A dense fog didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the students and teachers at Evergreen Elementary School on Thursday morning.  Classes on board the shuttle got underway as scheduled, and continued throughout the school day.

The six-day shuttle mission wraps up on Friday at the Mountain Bay Elementary School.

 

November 2, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sharon Ryan - Teacher

Sue Bushman - Teacher

Dennis Cihlar -Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

 

November 1, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sharon Ryan - Teacher

Sandy Smith - Teacher

Dennis Cihlar -Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

Mission Brief

Rothschild Mission Ends

It's Mission Accomplished at the Rothschild Elementary School. Shuttle operations began this morning and ended later Wednesday afternoon.

There are two schools remaining in the 12th annual STEM Shuttle mission to the DC Everest School District; Evergreen Elementary on Thursday, and Mountain Bay on Friday. More photos can be seen on the Dream Flight USA Facebook Page.

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.