Challenger Learning Center

Public Missions at the Challenger Learning Center

You and your kids can learn about space, science, the solar system and lots more in a fun, hands-on way during Public Missions at the Challenger Learning Center. Simulated Space missions are geared for families with kids ages 6 and up, and some for families with kids ages 11 and up.

Missions include Lunar Quest, Junior Mars and Planetarium, Rendezvous with a Comet, Expedition Mars, Return to the Moon and the Junior Astronaut Program.

After a brief training session, participants will be launched into space to complete their mission. Crew members aboard the space craft will work with their teammates in Mission Control to navigate the spacecraft, collect and analyze data using real robotic arms and glove boxes, build and launch a probe, and more. Junior Astronauts will make rockets and participate in a simulated space mission.

Public Missions are two hours long and require advance registration. Cost is $15 per person. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

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Challenger Learning Center Summer Space Adventures

205 Brotherton Lane
Ferguson, MO 63135

Aspiring astronauts, scientists and engineers ages 8-18 will have a "blast" at the award-winning Challenger Learning Center where they can explore space, science, art, and technology through simulated space missions and other out-of-this-world activities.  Space adventurers can travel to the Moon or Mars, explore Comets, or train in an underwater environment in SCUBA gear. Future engineers can design, build and inhabit a life-size lunar colony or build remote-controlled rovers and rockets with 3D printed parts. Specialty camps include: Advanced Rocketeering, Sports in Space, Aquatic Robotics, and Innovators Workshop. Read More

Sun, Moon and Stars Storytime

Storyteller Sherry Norfolk leads families through and interactive. global exploration of folktales about the sun, moon and stars. Part of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, this workshop is for families with kids in grades K-6.

Free. 10 a.m. at the Challenger Learning Center.

Go here for more information and to register.



Age Ranges: Elementary Age

Earth Day Open House at the Challenger Learning Center

Tour the Challenger Learning Center to celebrate Earth Day. Preview the newest simulated space mission at the center: Earth Odyssey, and take part in hands-on activities, like the new Wind Turbine Design Challenge workshop, then enjoy snacks, environmental activites and giveaways.

2 to 6 p.m. Free, but registration is requested.

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Family Workshop at the Challenger Learning Center

The Challenger Learning Center, known for offering 'out-of-this-world' science learning for kids, is offering Family Workshops this spring. Workshops are designed for parents and children to work together on aerospace, aviation and engineering-themed projects.

Workshops include all supplies and materials to build a rocket, robot or model airplane. Spaces are limited and reservations are required.

Noon to 3 p.m. at the Challenger Learning Center. Workshops are $20 per parent-child pair. One additional child may be added for $10. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

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Click here to learn about summer camps at the Challenger Learning Center.

Challenger Learning Center Open House

If you've ever wanted to learn more about all the programs at the Challenger Learning Center, here's your chance! The center is hosting a free open house where attendees can tour the space simulators and learn more about:

• Public space missions

• Summer camps

• Boeing Educator Scholarships

• Scout programs

• Corporate teambuilding programs, and more.

Plus, all attendees have the opportunity to win a one-year membership to the Challenger Learning Center at the "Space Cadet" level, valued at $100.

The open house is free, but reservations are required. Make a reservation by calling 314-521-6205 or email info (at) clcstlouis (dot) org.

4-6 p.m. At the Challenger Learning Center, 205 Brotherton Lane, Ferguson, MO  63135. Located one mile north of Highway 70 off Florissant Road.

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Locations: St. Louis County
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25th Anniversary of 1986 Challenger Tragedy

In remembrance of the 25th anniversary of the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, the Challenger Learning Center is offering free “Rendezvous with a Comet” missions all day long. Reservations are required and are limited to five people per party. Mission run at various times. Free. Challenger Learning Center.

 More information: or (314) 521-6205.    

Honor the Challenger 25th Anniversary

January 28, 2011 will mark the 25th Anniversary of the Shuttle Challenger tragedy. To honor the Challenger crew and their families, the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis will offer a variety of free programs, including missions to the public throughout the day, video conferences for teachers and students and launch the “Where Were You…Will You Wear Blue?” campaign.

The Center is providing space on its website for people to recount their memories of that tragic day, by submitting either written stories or video messages. To help teachers mark the anniversary in their classrooms, the site will also include links to the lesson plans Christa McAuliffe, who was to be the first civilian teacher in space, planned to teach from space. To commemorate the tragedy on January 28, people are encouraged to wear royal blue to honor the Challenger astronauts and their families.

“It is an honor to play a part in the 25th anniversary and pay tribute to the crew members of the Challenger shuttle,” said Tasmyn Scarl Front, Director of the Challenger Learning Center–St. Louis. “Every student who increases their interest in science and math because of their experience at the Challenger Learning Center is part of a living tribute to the Challenger crew and its mission."

On January 28, 1986, seven brave crew members boarded the space shuttle Challenger on a mission, in part, to advance science education. Shortly after liftoff, the mission came to a tragic halt when an o-ring on one of the booster rockets failed, causing the Shuttle Challenger to break apart just 73 seconds after launch. Stunned and grieving the loss of their loved ones, the families of the seven crew members gathered and decided not to allow the mission to end in failure.

To honor their loved ones and continue the educational spirit of the mission, the family members created the Challenger Center for Space Science Education in April of 1986. It was the world’s first interactive space science education center to use state-of-the-art technology and space-life simulators. Today, more than 500,000 students explore space annually at more than 45 Challenger Learning Centers throughout the world including the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis in Ferguson, Missouri.
For more information about the anniversary events or to share your story, visit
The Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis is a partnership of the Saint Louis Science Center, the Ferguson-Florissant School District and the Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis.

Locations: St. Louis
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