The Bioregenerative Life Support System Simulator, BLiSS Sim, was created by the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future through funding from NASA. The Classroom of the Future is the space agency's principal research and development center for educational technologies. It opened in 1990 on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University in 1990, and the program is managed by the Erma Ora Byrd Center for Educational Technologies, which develops cutting-edge educational technology and performs advanced research in its 48,000-square foot facility on the WJU campus in Wheeling, WV.
The Center for Educational Technologies also houses the Challenger Learning Center®, one of 48 centers worldwide established by the Challenger Center for Space Science in memory of the space shuttle Challenger. More than 30,000 students fly missions each year either at the Wheeling facility or through distance learning.
A global leader in academic excellence, undergraduate research, and service learning, Wheeling Jesuit University is ranked in the top 10 percent of the nation's colleges by Forbes Magazine. One of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, Wheeling Jesuit has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top university for the past 15 years.