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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!
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Program No. 21935RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,199 / ADULT
949 / CHILD
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!
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,199 / ADULT
949 / CHILD
Program No. 21935 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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Age 9 - 11
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Jun 20 – Jun 26, 2021
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Jul 11 – Jul 17, 2021
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Aug 1 – Aug 7, 2021
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At a Glance

Become an engineer, an astronaut and a mad scientist all in one week as you and your grandchild take on a LEGO robot programming challenge, a mission into outer space and rocket blast-off! Meet and learn from brilliant scientists and teachers at the St. Louis Science Center — one of the top four in the country — the Challenger Space Center, McDonnell Planetarium and Boeing Headquarters. Zoom into space and learn how to find Mars in the sky. Build and fly your own drone and compete in a Drone Blimp Battle Royale.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
A great deal of walking and standing will be required at field study locations. A minimum of 1-2 miles per day of walking will be required. Plan on getting on and off a bus several times each day.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Work together with your grandchild to program a robot using a LEGO Mindstorm kit.
  • Enjoy a simulated space mission at the Challenger Space Center, then build and launch your own rocket.
  • Spend a day with drones and other gizmos competing in a Drone Blimp Battle Royale.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-11. For a program for younger grandchildren (ages 6-8), check out "A Scientific World of Discovery With Your Younger Grandchild" (#22895).
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Fred Heidolph
Fred Heidolph is a lifelong resident of the St. Louis area. He attended the University of Missouri — St. Louis and majored in chemistry and physics. Fred’s passion for aviation led him to a fulfilling career at McDonnell Douglas, during which time he worked in the standards and calibration lab and was later promoted to a logistics engineer for the F-18 fighter program. During his tenure with McDonnell Douglas, he also earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration. In 1989, after 11 years at McDonnell Douglas, Fred left the company to start a wholesale nursery tree business and became a stay-at-home dad for his five children. Today, Fred enjoys playing the clarinet in the St. Charles and O’Fallon municipal bands and occasionally playing for the St. Charles Community College music program. In addition, he teaches summer camp classes in physics and chemistry for St. Charles Community College and loves teaching children about science and aviation.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Fred Heidolph is a lifelong resident of the St. Louis area. He attended the University of Missouri — St. Louis and majored in chemistry and physics. Fred’s passion for aviation led him to a fulfilling career at McDonnell Douglas, during which time he worked in the standards and calibration lab and was later promoted to a logistics engineer for the F-18 fighter program. During his tenure with McDonnell Douglas, he also earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration. In 1989, after 11 years at McDonnell Douglas, Fred left the company to start a wholesale nursery tree business and became a stay-at-home dad for his five children. Today, Fred enjoys playing the clarinet in the St. Charles and O’Fallon municipal bands and occasionally playing for the St. Charles Community College music program. In addition, he teaches summer camp classes in physics and chemistry for St. Charles Community College and loves teaching children about science and aviation.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
How to Be a Space Explorer: Your Out-Of-This-World Adventure
by Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet’s fun and engaging guide teaches young explorer everything they need to know about space travel, from zero gravity to solar system navigation. Features more than 300 photographs; perfect for any aspiring astronaut.
St. Charles (Then and Now)
by Jessica Dreyer, Vicki Berger Erwin
Settled in 1769, St. Charles is an example of historic preservation -- though by the 1960s many of the buildings had deteriorated and would have been demolished if not for the efforts of educated citizens who spurned a period of revitalization and restoration. Through photos, both old and new, readers will see the city of St. Charles as it was and is now.
Who Were the Wright Brothers?
by James Buckley Jr.
An illustrated biography of aviation pioneers the Wright Brothers. Written for ages 8 to 12.
Into the Blue, American Writers on Aviation and Spaceflight
by Joseph J. Corn (Editor)
The dizzying story of America’s journey into the skies, told through the eyes of luminaries, writers and air flight pioneers. Corn draws together such gems of aviation history as a dispatch from Ernest Hemingway on a 1922 flight over France and Benjamin Franklin's impressions of the first hot air balloons.
The Lego Mindstorms Ev3 Idea Book: 181 Simple Machines and Clever Contraptions
by Yoshihito Isogawa
For those with the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set, this guide explores creative ways to build amazing mechanisms and robots. Each suggested model includes a list of the required parts and colorful photos that allow the builder to recreate it without the need for lengthy step-by-step instructions. Models include steerable crawlers, ball shooters and grasping robotic arms, among others.
The Gateway Arch: A Biography
by Tracy Campbell
A St. Louis icon and a stunning memorial to westward expansion, the Arch triumphantly rises 630 feet over the city and attracts millions of tourist every year. Campbell reveals the history of the monument, dispelling myths and shining new light on the origins and meaning of the Arch.
Moon Handbook St. Louis
by Brooke S. Foster
A no-nonsense practical guide in the Moon series, jam-packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history, flora and fauna and geology.
The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book
by Tom Robinson
Using common household items, kids can recreate dozens of fun and educational science experiments, covering fields from biology to chemistry and physics to outer space. Experiments answer questions such as: can you blow up a balloon without blowing into it? What is inside a coin? Can a magnet ever be "turned off"?
Images of America: St. Charles
by Don Graveman, Dianna Graveman
This Missouri city began humbly when a French Canadian fur trader built a cabin on the Missouri River in 1769. He named the settlement Les Petites Cotes (the little hills). St. Charles has seen much excitement over the years, including a visit by Lewis and Clark and a number of devastating natural disasters.
Flight, 100 Years of Aviation
by R. G. Grant
A sweeping compendium of a century worth of experiments in flight, this big book features engaging text, rigorous attention to detail, miniature biographies of key figures and a comprehensive history of humanity's quest to become airborne. Produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.
What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition?
by Tim Foley (Illustrator), Judith St. George
An illustrated chapter book about the infamous journey that Meriwether Lewis and William Clark took from St. Louis, Missouri to the Pacific Ocean.
The Lego Mindstorms NXT Zoo!
by Fay Rhodes
A companion to the Lego Mindstorms robotics kit, this book teaches young and old inventors alike how to build a variety of animated animals, including a hopping frog, a walking camel and an eight-legged spider that walks forward and backward.
History of Flight Coloring Book
by A. G. Smith
Forty-seven illustrations inspired by the history of flight -- all ready for coloring! Includes the Spirit of St. Louis, the Concorde, space shuttles, the Wright Brothers’ craft and more. Each image is paired with a detailed caption.
National Geographic Kids Everything Robotics
by Jennifer Swanson
This heavily illustrated National Geographic book introduces kids to everything robotics, from the tiniest robo-bees to giant factory machines.
The Lego Mindstorms Ev3 Discovery Book: A Beginner's Guide to Building and Programming Robots
by Laurens Valk
This is the beginner’s guide to building and programming robots using the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set. Valk teaches the basics to help newcomers build and program simple robots while experimenting with motors, sensors and EV3 programming.
Women Aviators
by Bernard Marck
From Amelia Earhart to Sally Ride, these remarkable women defied tradition and took to the air in planes, rockets and spaceships. With hundreds of archival photographs, these profiles capture the thrill and derring-do of early flight.
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7 days
6 nights
16 meals
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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 Immanuel Lutheran School

Afternoon: On the Immanuel Lutheran School campus an expert STEM instructor will educate us in building with Lego-robotics and creating a robot which will enable them to begin to work on challenges provided by the instructor.

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 lunch on Main Street in St. Charles, "Little Hills Winery". St. Charles was originally named "Les Petites Cotes" (The Little Hills) in 1769 by French Canadian fur trader and founder Louis Blanchette.

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
Drones and other electronic gizmos.
St. Charles
B,L,D
Country Inn & Suites

Activity note: Walking 2-3 miles and some standing.

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

Morning: Spend a day with drones and other gizmos: Test different kinds of drones, Learn to fly a drone that you get to take home. While the drones take a break to recharge, we will complete challenges with other electronic gadgets and gizmos.

Lunch: After a morning of drones, the group will reconvene for a boxed lunch.

Afternoon: We will continue our drone flying with an obstacle course and the Drone Blimp Battle Royale. In the battle, the drones have helium balloons attached, and each competitor attempts to pop all of the other balloons until one drone remains!

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a leisurely walk back to the hotel along the Missouri River or to take a dip in the pool.

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, and ice cream for dessert.

Evening: After dinner the kids will participate in a final challenge. When finished we will return to the hotel.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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