Giving Students Space to Learn on 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.”

Schedule Update

Bayfield, Glidden, Washburn, Chilton, Brandon, Shoreview, and Mosinee

are among the several communities recently added to the STEM Shuttle schedule. In late February the shuttle returns to UW Stevens Point for STEM Day for Girls.

In March, shuttle missions are scheduled at the Mead Charter School in Wisconsin Rapids, and the Pittsville Elementary School.

April will find the shuttle at elementary schools in Glidden, Washburn, Brandon/Rosendale, and Bayfield. Also on the April schedule are St Paul in Mosinee and North Lakeland Middle School.

Our second visit to Minnesota takes place May 31 at the E.D. Williams school in Shoreview, and then head to Prescott, WI on June 1, and the Chilton, WI Public Library on June 15. The City of Mosinee has just booked the shuttle for the 4th of July Parade.

For complete schedule, please visit our schedule page.

Mission Brief

Convention Final

Interest in the STEM Shuttle was very high at the 97th Wisconsin State Education Convention in Milwaukee. While many school board visitors and administrators had seen the unique mobile classroom before, several while it visited their schools, even more were introduced to the shuttle for the first time.

 

 

December 1, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sharon Ryan - Teacher

Sandy Smith - Teacher

Dennis Cihlar - Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

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.

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 the students 7 minutes or less to complete.

We turned to the meteorologists at the National Weather Service (NWS) in Green Bay, WI, and they have accepted the challenge to develop the new work station. April is the target date for completion.

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

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.

November 3, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sharon Ryan - Teacher

Sandy Smith - Teacher

Tom Rath -Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

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.

Mission

Shuttle Docks at Riverside

The 6-day STEM Shuttle mission to the DC Everest School District continued at the Riverside Elementary School on Monday, October 30. Pictures are worth a thousand words, so learn all about the shuttle mission. More photos can be seen on the Dream Flight USA Facebook Page.

 

October 30, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sue Bushman - Teacher

Sandy Smith - Teacher

Tom Rath -Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

 

 

October 24, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sue Bushman - Teacher

Sharon Ryan- Teacher

Dennis Cihlar -Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

Mission

DCE Shuttle Mission Moves to Hatley

Students and staff at the Hatley Elementary School welcomed the STEM Shuttle on Tuesday, October 24, the 2nd day of the scheduled 6-day shuttle mission to the DC Everest School District. All the 5th graders went through the hands-on work stations, and the rest of the school taking brief tours of the mobile classroom. Next on the schedule is Riverside Elementary. We'll be there on Monday, October 30.

Mission

DCE Shuttle Mission Off to Great Start

The 12th annual STEM Shuttle mission to the DC Everest School District has begun.  On Monday, October 23, the shuttle docked at Weston Elementary School, the first of 6 schools on the schedule. Before the 6-day shuttle mission ends, all 5th graders in the district, with the guidance from our 2 on board teachers, will have been challenged by the hands-on work stations on the mobile classroom.

 

 

October 23, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sue Bushman - Teacher

Sharon Ryan- Teacher

Dennis Cihlar -Shuttle Pilot/Photographer