“Giving Students Space to Learn”, the theme for the Dream Flight USA STEM Shuttle, is in a sense a description of what the shuttle program is all about. The 45-foot-long converted motor coach, designed on the outside to spur the imaginations of space travel, is in reality a mobile classroom. The mission of the Dream Flight USA Foundation is simple: To motivate students to learn.
Containing a wide variety of hands-on work stations, the unique shuttle travels to schools throughout the Midwest, challenging students to expand their horizons and to prepare them for the ever changing world ahead. When docked at a school, the vehicle can accommodate up to 20 students at a time, usually for an hour. The process is repeated throughout the day.
Last year, in its 10th year of shuttle operations, the STEM Shuttle visited 74 schools and events.
The hands-on work stations on board the vehicle are designed for grades 4-6, but as STEM has evolved more and more into the elementary and middle schools, the grade level has been expanded to include 7th and 8th graders.
There are several testimonials on file from teachers and parents, but this remains one of our favorites: “After spending two hours on board the shuttle, not one student asked to go to the bathroom”. That from a fourth grade teacher in the DC Everest School District near Wausau, WI.
The STEM Shuttle is owned and operated by the Dream Flight USA Foundation, a 501c3 foundation, in Wausau, WI.