21935
Missouri

To Missouri & Beyond: Space & Robots With Your Grandchild

Set out on an adventure of discovery in St. Louis, where you’ll build a robot, simulate a space mission, learn about constellations and inspire your grandchild to shoot for the stars!
Rating (5)
Program No. 21935RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,199 / ADULT
949 / CHILD
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7 days
6 nights
16 meals
6 B 5 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check in/Orientation/Dinner/Mad Science
St. Charles
D
Country Inn & Suites

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Dinner: In the hotel breakfast room at 5:45 p.m., we’ll have a catered buffet dinner with beverage choices of lemonade, tea, water, milk, and coffee available in the hotel lobby; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: After dinner, welcome the Mad Science team as they lead you through an exciting interactive experiment.

DAY
2
St. Louis Science Center/Planetarium/Swim/Experiment
St. Charles
B,L,D
Country Inn & Suites

Activity note: Considerable walking at the St. Louis Science Center.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room, choose what you like from the buffet with beverage choices of milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will board our bus for a trip to the St. Louis Science Center, one of the top four science centers in the nation. In a classroom setting we will fill an entire area with a functioning Rube Goldberg machine. Our goal is to work together as a group to create a machine using dominoes, ramps, buckets and levers in order to flip on a switch. After program is complete, there will be time to explore the Science Center on their own (with Grandparents).

Lunch: Today we will lunch at a local establishment and after lunch, we will stop by a true St. Louis icon for a special treat. (Grandparents, this St. Louis landmark is located on historic Route 66)!

Afternoon: From there, we will take a short ride to the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, one of the nation's leading space education facilities. There will be time to explore the planetarium's space exhibits and see an educational Mars-centric show, learn how to locate the planet in the sky and observe what the sky would look like from the Martian surface in its unique dome-shaped auditorium. When we're done, we will board the bus and go to dinner.

Dinner: At a local restaurant we’ll order plated meals from a select menu with beverage choices of soft drinks, coffee, tea, milk and water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Return to Hotel and meet in the breakfast area at 7:00 p.m. for a challenging activity. When finished meet with your friends at the pool (a grandparent would need to be present) or take a relaxing break.

DAY
3
Boeing Prologue Room/Lego Robotics/PJ Party and Movie
St. Charles
B,L,D
Country Inn & Suites

Activity note: Some standing required at the Boeing Prologue Room.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room, choose what you like from the buffet with beverage choices of milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Visit the Boeing Prologue Room, an interactive museum that teaches about the history of aviation through a series of exhibits, artifacts, and media presentations.

Lunch: A box lunch from a select menu will be provided at the Bricks 4 Kidz.

Afternoon: Bricks 4 Kids and their expert STEM Instructor will educate us in building with EV3 Lego-robotics kits. We will learn about sensor inputs and Robotic brain outputs as we program our robots to perform assigned tasks.

Dinner: At a local restaurant we’ll order plated meals from a select menu with beverage choices of soft drinks, coffee, tea, milk and water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Wear your pj's and meet us in the breakfast room for a movie night -- with popcorn and refreshments!

DAY
4
Challenger Space Center/Historic Main Street in St. Charles
St. Charles
B,L
Country Inn & Suites

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room, choose what you like from the buffet with beverage choices of milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Visit the Challenger Learning Center to participate in a simulated mission to space. Have an opportunity to become an "astronaut" on board the Space Center and/or take a turn at working for Mission Control.

Lunch: After our space mission, we will have a picnic lunch at the Challenger Learning Center. After lunch we will return to the hotel.

Afternoon: After returning to the hotel, enjoy a free afternoon to explore the historic St. Charles area as you like. To mix a bit of history into your week of science, walk in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark in the river town where their expedition began! Visit the boat house or take a walking tour. Enjoy the quaint shops and restaurants. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own tonight. There are many options on Main Street in St. Charles to explore as you like. Your Group leader is happy to offer suggestions.

DAY
5
City Museum/Gateway Arch/movie
St. Charles
B,L,D
Country Inn & Suites

Activity note: Considerable walking and stairs at the City Museum (elevators are available) and the Gateway Arch (no elevators).

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room, choose what you like from the buffet with beverage choices of milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Challenge your imagination at the City Museum. The brainchild of artist Bob Cassily, this museum was constructed of the very stuff of the city, and as a result it has urban roots deeper than any other institutions. It includes reclaimed building materials such as old chimneys, salvaged bridges, construction cranes, miles of tile, and even two abandoned planes. The objects at City Museum are not only preserved; many of them, like its giant slinky or the outdoor MonstroCity, are here to touch, climb, or go inside. "City Museum makes you want to know," said Cassily. "The point is not to learn every fact, but to say, 'Wow that's wonderful.' And if it's wonderful, it's worth preserving."

Lunch: After a morning of exploration, the group will reconvene for a boxed lunch at the City Museum.

Afternoon: Take a ride to the top of the nation's tallest National Monument, the Gateway Arch, and experience this engineering marvel.

Dinner: Catered dinner at hotel.

Evening: After dinner, view the movie "Monument to the Dream", in the breakfast room, about the engineering feat that made the Gateway Arch possible (approximately 30 minutes). Enjoy a special treat while you are there.

DAY
6
Design and launch rockets
St. Charles
B,L,D
Country Inn & Suites

Activity note: Some walking and standing at the college campus.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room, choose what you like from the buffet with beverage choices of milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Led by a true science aficionado, learn hands-on about the physics of flight. Spend your morning learning the history of rockets, from the early development of Chinese fireworks through the use in weapons during WWII all the way to the US Space program to the moon. Then you will build your own rocket!

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on campus

Afternoon: Continue learning more about the mechanics of thrust and stability by launching the rocket that you built this morning. After the rocket launch, if needed, we will do repairs so that you may take your rocket home with you for future blastoffs.

Dinner: A fun BBQ dinner will be catered at St. Charles Community College. Water, tea, and juice are provided, other beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: Return to the hotel and meet in the breakfast area for a final challenge. When finished meet with your friends for a final swim at the pool (a grandparent would need to be present) or take a relaxing break. Then say farewell to new Road Scholar friends and prepare for departure in the morning.

DAY
7
Program concludes.
St. Charles
B

Activity note: Check out by noon.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room, choose what you like from the buffet with beverage choices of milk, juice, coffee, tea, water. This concludes our program.

Morning: We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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