The Stunning STEM Shuttle

The Dream Flight USA STEM Shuttle is as unique as it is stunning. The mobile classroom, its exterior a brilliant display of a space shuttle and outer space objects, is in reality a 45-foot long motor coach. Now in its 12th year of shuttle missions, the “field trip that visits schools,” in Wisconsin and adjacent states, continues to motivate upper elementary and middle school students to learn. As striking as its exterior may be, it’s what goes on inside the STEM Shuttle that is most important. A typical school day finds up to five groups, of 15 students at a time, spending up to an hour challenged by a series of hands-on activities on board the shuttle. The education process, aided by two onboard teachers, is designed to motivate students to learn. In fact, the mission of the Dream Flight USA Foundation, located in Wausau, WI, is to “Motivate students to learn.”

MISSION

Mosinee 4th of July Parade

The parade route throughout Mosinee was filled with spectators, many showing the Red, White, and Blue. Prior to the parade, several visitors, many of them students, toured the STEM Shuttle.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Dennis Cihlar - Shuttle Pilot

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Bonnie Grueneberg - Shuttle Pilot

MISSION:

Edgar Fire Department Parade

The parade season has begun! The STEM Shuttle, under a clear blue sky, took part in the Edgar Fire Department Parade on Sunday, June 4.  Bonnie Grueneberg piloted the shuttle down a street made for parades. Enjoy the pictures taken from the shuttle along the parade route.  To see more, click here.

MISSION:

St. Croix Falls Middle School

The St. Croix Falls Middle School was the site of the final STEM Shuttle mission of the school year. To see more pictures of the shuttle mission, please click here.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sandy Smith - Teacher

Sue Bushman - Teacher

Dave Dietzler - Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

On Board Teacher - Sandy Smith

On Board Teacher - Sharon Ryan

Shuttle Pilot/Photographer - Tom Rath

MISSION:

Waupaca Middle School

Thursday, May 18 was a busy but productive day at the Waupaca, WI Middle School.  Pictures of the students being challenged by the hands-on work stations tell the story.  More pictures of the shuttle mission can be seen by clicking here.

MISSION:

Montello and Westfield Schools

The STEM Shuttle traveled to Montello, WI, the home of Nelson and Pade. Students from Westfield and Montello Elementary schools had a busy day, touring the Nelson and Pade Aquaponics facilities and being challenged by the hands-on activities on board the STEM Shuttle.  In fact, the Starfinder activity was moved off the shuttle to a nearby tent to accommodate all of the students.  More pictures can be seen by clicking here.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

On Board Teacher - Sue Bushman

On Board Teacher - Sandy Smith

Shuttle Pilot/Photographer - Tom Rath

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

On Board Teacher - Sandy Smith

On Board Teacher - Sharon Ryan

Shuttle Pilot/Photographer - Tom Rath

MISSION:

Tomahawk School Complex

Thanks to a grant from the STAR Foundation (Supporting Tomahawk Area Resources), the shuttle docked at the Tomahawk School Complex on Thursday, May 11. It was the 8th graders who spent the day challenged by the on board hands-on activities. To see more pictures, please click here.

MISSION:

Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language

Docking at the Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language in Milwaukee is always a rewarding experience. Students from around the world, having recently moved to the Milwaukee area take part in the STEM Shuttle program. More pictures can be seen by clicking here.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sandy Smith - Teacher

Sharon Ryan - Teacher

Tom Rath - Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

Friday, May 5, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

On Board Teacher - Sue Bushman

On Board Teacher - Sharon Ryan

Shuttle Pilot/Photographer - Tom Rath

MISSION:

Treehaven (UWSP STEM Exploration Day)

The northern campus of UW-Stevens Point hosted the third and final STEM Exploration Day of the school year on Friday, May 5. Middle school students from the northern part of Wisconsin were invited to take part in several STEM activities, including the Dream Flight USA STEM Shuttle. To see more pictures, please click here.

MISSION:

Abbotsford Elementary School

For the 11th consecutive year, the STEM Shuttle docked at the Abbotsford Elementary School. For more pictures from April 19, please click here. Abbotsford Elementary is already planning next year's STEM Shuttle mission.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Shuttle Crew:

Sue Bushman - Teacher

Sharon Ryan - Teacher

Tom Rath - Shuttle Pilot/Photographer

Schedule Your STEM Shuttle Mission

If you are interested in having the shuttle visit your school or event, please call us at 715-845-6392, or e-mail us at Dream Flight USA Mission Control.