Challenger Learning Center provides educational and innovative science and simulated space missions for elementary and middle school students from Grades 3-8. Each mission provides opportunities for students to develop and implement team building, communication, and problem-solving skills. Challenger Learning Center curriculum is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and can be easily integrated with any curriculum.

Many schools and organizations from Illinois and Wisconsin visit the Challenger Learning Center to immerse children in exploration of science, technology, engineering,  astronomy and math. Call today to book a field trip that will create lifelong memories and entice your students to enter the STEM fields of the future! 

*You can book a STEM field trip using the form to the right or contact us at 815-338-7722.*

 

RENDEZVOUS WITH A COMET

In the not too distant future, a team of scientists and engineers (4th-8th grade) are 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. They must construct the space probe while plotting the correct intercept course and completing station activities. What seems at first to be a routine exploration is filled with challenges and emergencies. Each obstacle that stands in the way of a successful mission requires students to work together as a team and problem solve the solution. Rendezvous with a Comet missions can accommodate groups of 14-30 students. Cost per mission is $650 and includes a visit to our Digital Starlab and a robotics engineering experience. Mission times are set according to bus arrival with a.m. and p.m. missions provided.  We can accommodate two groups of students per day.

 

VOYAGE TO MARS

In Earth years, it is 2076. A now routine Voyage to Mars has brought the latest human crew (6th-8th grade) into Martian orbit. Control of the incoming flight has been transferred from Houston’s Mission Control to Mars Control at Chryse Station. The crew arriving from Earth on the Mars Transport Vehicle has been specially trained to replace the existing crew of astronauts, which has manned Mars Control for the past two years. After arriving on the Martian surface, the team will collect and analyze a number of planetary samples and data. This information is vital to scientists and explorers for a better understanding of the Red Planet and life in space. Voyage to Mars missions can accommodate groups of 14-30 students. Cost per mission is $650 and includes our robotics engineering workshop and a visit to our our Digital Starlab. Mission times are set according to bus arrival with a.m. and p.m. missions provided.  We can accommodate two groups of students per day.

 

Teacher Training Sessions

*Pre registration is required for these workshops. You can register by calling us at 815-338-7722 or emailing Lee Ann at lgill@aurora.edu.

Teacher training is available to any teacher who plans to attend the Challenger Learning Center with their students. The workshop will include a tour of the center, an overview of the Challenger program, and an introduction to pre- and post-mission activities. Training is included in your registration fee.

Training sessions take place after school, from 4-5 pm. The following training dates are available for the 2017-2018 school year:

 

Rendezvous With a Comet teacher training sessions:

Time: 4-5pm

TBD for 2017-2018

 

Voyage to Mars teacher training sessions:

Time: 4-5pm

TBD for 2017-2018