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Club Challenger 

Explore the amazing wonders of science during our after school program, Club Challenger. Students will join us at the Challenger Learning Center once a month to participate in exciting, hands-on activities related to space and science.

February 8, 2022
Wonderful Weather

March 8, 2022
Dirt Decoders

April 12, 2022
Nature Rangers

May 10, 2022
Aquatic Investigators

Each session runs from 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

February 15, 2022
Wonderful Weather

March 15, 2022
Dirt Decoders

April 19, 2022
Nature Rangers

May 17, 2022
Aquatic Investigators

Each session runs from 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

As of 3/2/2022, per KCTCS policy, masking is now optional for all staff, students and guests. 

Registration for Spring 2022 has ended.  

Check back in August for Fall 2022 registration details!

General Refund Policy

  • 100% refund - cancelations received at least 15 days prior to the program start date
  • No refund - cancelations received within 15 days of the program start date
  • Refunds are issued in the original form of payment.
  • No refund on registration process fee.
  • Refunds are issued to the original form of payment.
  • Refund are issued within 5-10 business days.

Summer Camp

Registration is now closed! 

Our waitlist is also closed.  Be on the lookout for Summer Camp 2023 information in February! 

Rockin' Rockets
June 16, 2022

Cosmic Constellations
June 23, 2022

Mighty Magnets
July 14, 2022

Living in Space
July 21, 2022

Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m. OR 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Cost: $18/session

*choose any number of sessions, either morning or afternoon 

These camps include many exciting hands-on engineering and science activities centered around the very important areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).  

June 14, June 20 or July 12, 2022
*choose only one date

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $30

These camps include many exciting hands-on engineering and science activities centered around the very important areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).  

June 15, June 21 or July 13, 2022
*choose only one date

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $30

New Camp!
Using life, physical, earth and space sciences, participants will use LEGOs as they journey through building and programming robotic 3D models. This is the perfect first step for young robot experts in the making!  

June 7-9, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $130

At secret agent training you will develop a disguise for cover, make and break codes, discover escape and evasion techniques, create and use spy gadgets and uncover the science behind spying.

June 21-22, 2022 or July 25-26, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $90

Young Jedi will want to attend this special camp created just for them! Participate in activities and experiments, including light sabers and carbonite, based on the popular movie series.  

June 13-14, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $90

Be the first human on Mars!  Campers will travel to the Red Planet during a Voyage to Mars™ mission in our hands-on simulator. After arriving on Mars, they will build a life-size colony where they will live, work and train like real planetary astronauts.  

June 7-9, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $130

New Camp!
Using space as a theme, master robotics systems created by LEGO! Campers will design, build and program their robotic creations to maneuver various space themed challenges on places like Mars!

July 11-13, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $140

Become a Challenger Special Investigator (CSI). Read the ransom note and follow the fingerprints, fibers and other clues. You will use your powers of observation and conduct scientific tests to help solve the mystery of the missing Mars rocks.

June 29-30, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $90

What makes an airplane fly? Learn the basics of flight and apply them in different hands-on activities and simulations. After you have shown the right stuff, take a flight in a real airplane departing from Midwest Aviation. While in the air you will become an actual pilot when you get to take the yoke and fly the plane.  

July 18-20, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $195

Learn all about how astronauts train underwater to simulate working in space! Participants will learn the basics of astronaut training, neutral buoyancy, density and SCUBA. On the second day of camp we will travel to Mermet Springs where trainees will experience SCUBA one on one with a certified instructor.   Participants must be able to swim and medically fit to dive. Scuba gear is provided. 

June 27-28, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $140

*This camp does have a mandatory meeting for participant and parent/guardian.

Monday, May 2, 2022
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Challenger Learning Center

No. We have combined Underwater Astronaut Camp and Scuba Plus into one camp. If your child attended Underwater Astronaut Camp in 2019, we encourage them to sign up for this camp again as day two of this camp will provide the dive experience at Mermet Springs. For questions about this, please call our office at (270) 534-3101. 

No. Campers that attend full day camps must bring a lunch and drink from home. Snacks will be provided to those campers attending full day camps.

camp shirt

Cost: $14.00 (plus tax)

  • Deadline to order is 4/25/22. 
  • Shirts are ordered in the registration process.
  • After 4/25/22
    • no size changes
    • no refunds 

At this time, we do not have any camp scholarships available. 

As of 3/2/2022, per KCTCS policy, masking is now optional for all staff, students and guests. 

Registration is now closed for Summer Camp 2022! 

Our waitlist is also closed.

Be on the lookout for Summer Camp 2023 information in February!

General Refund Policy

  • 100% refund - cancelations received at least 30 days prior to program start date
  • 50% refund - cancelations received within 30 days of the program start date
  • No refunds on camp tshirts after 4/25/22.
  • No refunds on registration process fee.
  • If your child is sick and cannot attend camp, a doctors note must be provided for a full refund.
  • Refunds are issued to the original form of payment.
  • Refunds are issued within 5-10 business days.

Scout Workshops

We offer programs for Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts and customize programs for Bear Scouts, Webelos and Boy Scouts. Programs are geared towards earning space and science related badges. Customized program offerings and cost vary depending on the group.  

Earn your Space Science Adventurer badge as you explore our solar system and beyond! Your session will include many hands-on activities about the planets, moon and the stars including a trip to our STARLAB planetarium. Fee includes badge. *This program will fulfill steps 1-4 of the badge requirements.

This event, originally scheduled for March 26, 2022, has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

Earn your Space Science Investigator badge as you travel through our solar system and beyond! Take a journey through the stars in our STARLAB planetarium and be a mission specialist during a Voyage to Mars in our hands-on space simulator. Fee includes badge. Evening snack and breakfast provided. *This program will fulfill steps 1-4 of the badge requirements.

This event, originally scheduled for April 29-30, 2022, has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

As of 3/2/2022, per KCTCS policy, masking is now optional for all staff, students and guests. 

To register, click here.

General Refund Policy

  • 100% refund - cancelations received at least 15 days prior to the program start date
  • No refund - cancelations received within 15 days of the program start date
  • Refunds are issued in the original form of payment.
  • No refund on registration process fee.
  • Refunds are issued to the original form of payment.
  • Refund are issued within 5-10 business days.

Programs and Presentations

The Challenger Learning Center at Paducah offers a variety of programs and presentations for people of all ages! Bring your group to the Challenger Learning Center, or let us come to you. Average fee is $75/hour for up to 30 students. Off-site programs may incur a travel fee.

  • Library story hours
  • Youth groups
  • School clubs
  • Scout groups
  • Daycare programs
  • Summer programs
  • Community groups
  • School presentations 
  • Living in space
  • Rocketry
  • Constellations
  • Planets
  • Planetarium show
  • Anything space or STEM related!

Give us a call at (270) 534-3101 or send us an email at sarahj.davis@kctcs.edu

Trivia Night

No event is scheduled at this time, check back soon!

All proceeds benefit the Challenger Learning Center at Paducah. The Challenger Learning Center, located on the campus of West Kentucky Community & Technical College, is a non-profit organization that offers simulated space missions and hands-on STEM education to schools, corporations and community organizations.

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Questions?  Mellisa Duncan • (270) 534-3097 • mellisa.duncan@kctcs.edu