What are Challenger Family Science Nights?

Family Science Nights are programs that are available throughout the school year for students and parents in our community who would like to add a dash of science to their lives! These programs are offered one Friday every month, and anyone can sign up. The cost is $17 per participant, and pizza is provided at the start of the event. All events are from 6-8 pm.

 

 2017-2018 Family Science Night Schedule

*Check back soon for 2017-2018 Family Science Night Dates and Details

Pre-registration is required and payment in full is necessary at the time of registration. Payment is non-refundable except in the case of a program’s cancellation. Children attending the program must be accompanied by an adult. Adults attending the program must pay the registration fee as well.

You may register for any of these programs by calling us at 815-338-7722. You may also download the program registration form (PDF) and mail in your payment, or you can use the link below to register online.

 

Family Mission 

Rendezvous With a Comet

 

Ages: 4th grade and above

This Family Science Night is out of this world! Participants will go on a daring mission to take an up-close look at a comet as it streaks its way across the galaxy. Their goal is to plot a successful course to rendezvous with the comet, launch a probe to collect scientific data of the object, and keep the astronauts safe. What seems at first to be a routine exploration is filled with challenges and emergencies, and each obstacle that stands in the way of the mission requires all participants to work together as a team in order to make the mission a success!

 

Robotic Exploration

MOSS/Cubelets

 

Ages: 2nd grade and above

Learn how to make robotics that move on their own and appear to “think” without programming them! These magnetic robots don’t need wires or programming in order to function – just snap them together and watch them go! Families will learn how to operate robots from two different robotics kits (MOSS and Cubelets) with instruction from our trained facilitators, and then they will work in teams to complete a variety of design challenges. Come prepared to be creative!

 

Family Mission 

Rendezvous With a Comet

 

Ages: 4th grade and above

This Family Science Night is out of this world! Participants will go on a daring mission to take an up-close look at a comet as it streaks its way across the galaxy. Their goal is to plot a successful course to rendezvous with the comet, launch a probe to collect scientific data of the object, and keep the astronauts safe. What seems at first to be a routine exploration is filled with challenges and emergencies, and each obstacle that stands in the way of the mission requires all participants to work together as a team in order to make the mission a success!

 

Space Exploration Stations

Starlab plus STEM Stations

Ages: All ages

Join us for a 30 minute space tour in our Digital Starlab! Families will explore our solar system and galaxy under the dome of this portable planetarium, and will even travel to the edge of the universe and back. Upon exit from the Starlab families will then explore hands-on Earth and Space activities as they rotate from station to station. Come and explore the universe with us!

 

 

Click here to register for Family Science Nights