Client: Challenger Center for Space Science Education

Project: Sim3 Robotic Spacecraft (Probe) Upgrade

Challenger Learning Centers feature virtual space missions where groups of students act as a team to learn and fulfill mission objectives.  The Robotic Spacecraft (or Probe) team is responsible for analyzing options and choosing the best set of components (such as fuel, antennas, computers, cameras, etc.)  to create a reliable and effective autonomous space probe.  They then physically assemble the components of the probe on the “frame” and launch it according to the needs of the mission.  Redmon worked extensively with Challenger to create a new, dynamic, and extensively interactive Robotic Spacecraft activity.  The new activity incorporates significant esthetic and functional improvements over the original, including a rotating “frame” where components can be attached on 3 sides (top, bottom, and front), computer integration which allows the mission simulation software to know which specific components have been attached, and modular components that can customized by individual learning centers.

Service Area: Interactives

Redmon Tasks: Graphic, interface, and instructional design; XML, Flash, Action Script, and AIR development; 3D modeling; Phidgets; hardware design, prototyping, and integration; testing, documentation, and project management

Industry: Education, Non-Profit