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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!
Rating (5)
Program No. 21935RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,299 / 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
1,299 / ADULT
949 / CHILD
Length
7 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
1,299 / ADULT
949 / CHILD
Program No. 21935RJ

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Age 9 - 11
ROOMING OPTION PRICING
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DATES
Jun 11 - Jun 17, 2023
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1,299
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949
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Jun 11 - Jun 17, 2023
1,299
/ Adult
949
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1,299
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1,599
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Jul 9 - Jul 15, 2023
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1,299
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Jul 9 - Jul 15, 2023
1,299
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949
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1,299
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949
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Jul 30 - Aug 5, 2023
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1,299
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Jul 30 - Aug 5, 2023
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949
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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 explore the solar system in the St. Louis 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.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

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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Kathy Kras
Kathy Kras has taught special education to children for more than 20 years. She tries to bring that experience to help kids have the best learning experiences during the summer. She has worked with St. Charles Community College STEM camps for more than 15 years. Kathy’s passion is finding fun and engaging activities to excite kids about science and learning.

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

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Kathy Kras has taught special education to children for more than 20 years. She tries to bring that experience to help kids have the best learning experiences during the summer. She has worked with St. Charles Community College STEM camps for more than 15 years. Kathy’s passion is finding fun and engaging activities to excite kids about science and learning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"?
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.
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. Prompted by the restorations of the first state capitol property and the efforts of dedicated citizens the area underwent 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. In June of 1970 the Main Street Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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7 days
6 nights
16 meals
6 B 5 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Mad Science
St. Charles
D
Country Inn & Suites

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

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:30 p.m. After you check in and have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table in the meeting room (adjacent to the breakfast room) to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: In the hotel breakfast room at 5:45 p.m.

Evening: We’ll be joined by the “Mad Science” team who will lead us through an exciting interactive experiment. Then continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night's rest for the day ahead.

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

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Walking at St. Louis Science Center, seating available.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: We will board our bus for a field trip to the St. Louis Science Center, one of the top four science centers in the nation. In a classroom setting, our goal will be to fill an entire area with a functioning Rube Goldberg machine. We’ll work together as a group to create a machine using dominoes, ramps, buckets, and levers in order to flip on a switch. After our hands-on experiment is finished, we’ll have time to explore the Science Center on our own.

Lunch: At a local eatery.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll stop by a true St. Louis icon on historic Route 66 for a special treat. We’ll then take a short ride to the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, one of the nation’s leading space education facilities. We’ll explore the planetarium’s space exhibits and see the Gateway to the Solar System Show in its unique, dome-shaped auditorium. Simply by looking up, we’ll learn about past, present, and future planetary phenomena while exploring the solar system, discovering planets, moons, and more in the St. Louis sky. When done, we’ll board the bus and go to dinner.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Returning to the hotel, we’ll gather in the breakfast area at 7:00 p.m. for an engineering challenge. The remainder of the evening is at leisure for a swim in the pool (with grandparents present), spending time with new Road Scholar friends, or just relaxing.

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

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 15 miles each way, approximately 1/2 hour. Standing in Boeing Prologue Room.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: We will ride to the Boeing Prologue Room, then watch a short introductory film about the history of flight. We’ll then have an expert-led exploration of the interactive museum that teaches the history of aviation through exhibits, artifacts, and media presentations. After our field trip, we’ll ride to Bricks 4 Kidz.

Lunch: At Bricks 4 Kidz, we’ll have boxed lunches.

Afternoon: STEM refers to science, technology, engineering, and math. At Bricks 4 Kidz, an expert STEM instructor will lead us in learning how to build robots using EV3 Lego-robotics kits. We will learn about sensor inputs and robotic brain outputs as we program the robots to perform assigned tasks.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Returning to the hotel, we’ll wear our PJs and meet in the breakfast room for a movie night with popcorn and refreshments.

DAY
4
Challenger Space Center, Free Time to Explore Main Street
St. Charles
B,L
Country Inn & Suites

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; driving about 13 miles each way, approximately 1/2 hour. Walking and standing at field trip site.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: We will set out on a field trip to the Challenger Learning Center and participate in a simulated space mission. We’ll have an opportunity to become an “astronaut” on board the Space Center and/or take a turn at working for Mission Control.

Lunch: At the Challenger Learning Center, we’ll have boxed lunches before returning to the hotel.

Afternoon: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Please note that the period scheduled for free time is subject to change depending on local circumstances and opportunities for independent exploration. Take this opportunity to explore the historic St. Charles area on your own. To mix a bit of history into our science experiences, you might like to walk in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark in the river town where their expedition began. Or, visit the boat house, quaint shops, or restaurants.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to have what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. There are many choices on Main Street in St. Charles.

DAY
5
Drones & Other Electronic Gizmos
St. Charles
B,L,D
Country Inn & Suites

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Walking 2-3 miles and standing.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: After a short bus ride to St. Charles Community College, we will spend the day with drones and other gizmos. We’ll test different kinds of drones and learn to fly a drone to take home. While the drones take a break to recharge, we’ll join in challenges with other electronic gadgets and gizmos.

Lunch: At St. Charles Community College, we will have pre-selected boxed lunches.

Afternoon: We will continue our drone flying on an obstacle course and then have a Drone Blimp Battle Royale. The drones will have helium balloons attached, and each competitor will try to pop all of the other balloons until only one drone remains!

Dinner: In the hotel breakfast room.

Evening: We’ll gather to watch the movie “Monument to the Dream” about the engineering feat that made the Gateway Arch possible.

DAY
6
Design & Launch Rockets, St. Charles Community College
St. Charles
B,L,D
Country Inn & Suites

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Walking and standing at college campus.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room.

Morning: We will ride to St. Charles Community College where we’ll be joined by a true science aficionado and participate in a hands-on activity focusing on the physics of flight. We’ll spend our morning learning about the history of rockets, from the early development of Chinese fireworks through the use in weapons during WWII all the way to the U.S. space program to the moon. Then we’ll build our own rockets!

Lunch: On campus.

Afternoon: We’ll continue learning about the mechanics of thrust and stability by launching the rockets we built this morning. After the rocket launch — if needed — we will do repairs so that we can take our rockets home for future blastoffs.

Dinner: At St. Charles Community College, we’ll have a barbecue dinner. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: Upon returning to the hotel the remainder of the evening is at leisure for a swim in the pool (with grandparents present), spending time with new Road Scholar friends, or just relaxing. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
St. Charles
B

Activity note: Hotel check out 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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