Challenger Learning Center provides educational and innovative science and simulated space missions for elementary and middle school students. Each mission provides opportunities for students to develop and implement team building, communication, and problem-solving skills. The CLC curriculum is aligned with the new Core Learning Standards and can be easily integrated with any curriculum.

Many schools and organizations from Crystal Lake, Cary, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Spring Grove, Richmond, McHenry, Huntley, Chicagoland and surrounding areas come to Challenger Learning Center to immerse children in exploring science, technology, astronomy and all of space.

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 14-34 students. Cost per mission is $650 and includes an additional 1.5 hour program in our state-of-the-art 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.

 

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 14-34 students. Cost per mission is $650 and includes an additional 1.5 hour program with our robotics workshop. 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

Teacher training is available to any teacher who plans to attend the Challenger Learning Center with their students.  We strongly encourage you to attend this training, even if you have been through our programming before. 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.

Trainings take place after school, from 4-5 pm. The following training dates are available for the 2016-2017 school year:

Rendezvous With a Comet teacher training sessions:

Monday, August 22nd

Monday, October 3rd

Monday, November 7th

Monday, February 6th

Monday, March 6th

Monday, April 3rd

 

Voyage to Mars teacher training sessions:

Monday, August 29th

Monday, December 5th

You must pre-register for these workshops. You can register by calling us at 815-338-7722 or emailing us at challengercenter@aurora.edu.