ASFS Space Shuttle Simulator
Michael S. Stanton Student Space Center
The system was created and constructed by Michael S.Stanton, who is employed in the Defense Industry and a Retired Navy Chief, to allow elementary students the opportunity to take part in real time shuttle mission control launch and landing simulations. He designed and made the shuttle simulator and designed the Mission Control software himself with assistance and input from NASA. The simulator was originally housed at Belvidere Elementary School in Falls Church and for the past 15 years and has undergone periodic updates and additions. It was used primarily as an after-school activity for students, and run by Mike himself. Three years ago the school no longer had space available and Mike contacted us at Arlington Science Focus School, and offered the simulator and software to us at no cost. We were happy to accept and excited to now have this tremendous asset to include in our list of offerings in our weekly Science City program for students.
To this end Grades 2-5 have 10 computers available for daily student use in each classroom, with Kindergarten and Grade 1 having 5 computers available. Additionally we have a full computer lab with 28 workstations as well as 2 computers in each Special Education and ESOL/HILT classroom. The Library maintains 12 student workstations for research and our Exemplary Program, Investigation Station has a class set of 30 iPads provided by the ASFS PTA Science and Technology Advisory Committee.