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About Us

original crew of the challenger mission

Call us at (270) 534-3101.

Located on the campus of West Kentucky Community & Technical College
4810 Alben Barkley Drive
Paducah, KY 42001
Office Hours 8am-4:30pm

Mellisa DuncanDirector
(270) 534-3097

Jennifer ReedEducation Coordinator
(270) 534-3098

Sarah DavisAdministrative Assistant
(270) 534-3101 

Our History & Vision 

As a leader in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, Challenger Center and its international network of more than 40 Challenger Learning Centers use space-themed simulated learning environments to engage students in dynamic, hands-on opportunities. These experiences strengthen knowledge in STEM subjects and inspire students to pursue careers in these important fields. The Challenger Learning Center at Paducah is part of the global network that reaches hundreds of thousands of students and tens of thousands of teachers each year. Founded in 1986, Challenger Center was created to honor the crew of shuttle flight STS-51L. To learn more visit www.challenger.org.

The Challenger Learning Center at Paducah is a result of a partnership between Paducah Junior College, Inc. and West Kentucky Community and Technical College. With strong financial support from federal and state government, as well as members of the local community, ground was broken for the construction of the CLC in April of 2001. The Challenger Learning Center at Paducah officially opened on August 16, 2002, as the 44th member of the national Challenger Center for Space Science Education network. Since the inaugural mission, Rendezvous With a Cometâ„¢ on September 16, 2002, the Challenger Learning Center at Paducah has flown thousands of missions and added programming such as summer camps, scouting workshops, after school programs and professional development for area teachers. 

The mission of the Challenger Learning Center at Paducah is to improve the quality of science,  technology, engineering and math education by providing opportunities for all in our region to participate in quality real-life experiences, attain knowledge and become life-long learners.

We envision the Challenger Learning Center at Paducah as a regional premier source for science, technology, engineering and math education by:

  • Promoting the importance of science, math, and technology in daily living.
  • Providing quality programming for educators, students, businesses and the community.
  • Using real-life experiences as a bridge between knowledge and the use of knowledge.
  • Anticipating a changing world and cultivating the future generation of scientists and engineers.

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