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
7 days
Starts at
1,199 / ADULT
949 / CHILD

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 up to the top of the Gateway arch. Learn how to find Mars in the sky, and come back down to earth as you crawl and climb through chimneys, bridges, airplanes and other reclaimed objects at the amazing, eclectic City Museum.
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 morning at City Museum — part playground, part fun-house, part architectural marvel — and take an afternoon ride to the top of the Gateway Arch.

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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