Parents and Children as Co-Travelers (PACCT)

April 1st, 2000 - February 28th, 2002 | PROJECT

The project includes a simulation based Family Learning Program to be administered through the International Challenger Learning Center (CLC) network. The goal is to develop families' skills in learning as a team through science, math and technology (SMT) in an environment where parents and children are co-travelers in a world of ideas. PACCT is disseminated through ten of the Challenger Learning Centers reaching 22,000 families nationwide. Many of these activities are completed in the home at no cost to the anticipated 12,500 participating families. Through this network of centers, all types of communities are served in many states. The activities include Sim-U-Voyages, where family teams work at home; Sim-U-Challenges, where families create a physical model responding to a challenge; Sim-U-Visits, where families hear from scientists and work as scientists in a team solving a problem; and Sim-U-Ventures, which result in flying a mission. Cost sharing is 8%.

Project Website(s)

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Team Members

Linda Morris, Principal Investigator, Challenger Center for Space Science Education
Jan Anstatt, Co-Principal Investigator, Challenger Center for Space Science Education


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0096318
Funding Amount: 241119


Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Families | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Parents | Caregivers | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: General STEM | Mathematics | Space science | Technology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Community Outreach Programs | Games | Simulations | Interactives | Media and Technology | Public Programs