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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.

Fall 2019

Our Fall 2019 session is now closed.  Spring dates will be released January 7, 2020.

All sessions meet 4:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Cost: $45/covers all 4 sessions

Fall 2019

September 24, 2019
Marvelous Moon

October 22, 2019
Halloween Science

November 19, 2019
Minute to STEM It!

December 17, 2019
Toys in Space!

All sessions meet 4:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Cost: $45/covers all 4 sessions 

Click here to register online.

To receive a paper form, give us a call at (270) 534-3101 or send us an email at sarahj.davis@kctcs.edu

Summer Camp

The Challenger Learning Center summer camp program, known as Space Quest, offers a variety of options in age levels and interest areas. Fly to the moon, live on Mars, learn how to Scuba, fly a plane, solve mysteries or launch a rocket. There is something for everyone!  

Summer 2020 registration begins January 6, 2020!

Camps listed below were our 2019 offerings.  Most all camps will be offered again next summer, including maybe a new one or two!  Our Astrotot camps, Explore: STEM camps and Expedition camps alternate themes each year.  The list of camp offerings for summer 2020 will be released January 6, 2020. 

  • Rockin' Rockets
  • Mighty Magnets
  • Cosmic Constellations 
  • Living in Space

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

Cost: $18/session

This one-day camp includes many hands-on space and science activities centered around the planets and includes a visit to space in our simulator.   

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

Cost: $30, $35 with lunch

This one-day camp includes many hands-on space and science activities centered around stars and constellations and includes a visit to our STARLAB.  

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

Cost: $30, $35 with lunch

Be a space explorer in search of a comet! Campers will Rendezvous with a Comet™ as they fly a mission in our hands-on simulator. They will work onboard the Space Station to find out just what it takes to study one of the most beautiful objects in space.  

8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.

Cost: $40, $45 with lunch

Be among the next generation of space travelers to arrive on the Moon!  Campers will Return to the Moon™ as they fly a mission in our hands-on simulator.  They will explore just what it takes for astronauts to survive in the Moon’s desolate environment. 

8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.

Cost: $40, $45 with lunch 

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.  

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $90, $100 with lunch 

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.  

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $90, $100 with lunch

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.  

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $90, $100 with lunch

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. 

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $130, $145 with lunch 

Learn all about how astronauts train underwater to simulate working in space!  Participants will receive basic SCUBA instruction (in a swimming pool) from Mermet Springs, then participate in an underwater astronaut training program. Participants must be able to swim and medically fit to dive.  SCUBA gear is provided. 

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $130, $145 with lunch

Mandatory Meeting: TBD

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.  

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $195, $210 with lunch 

Click here for the lunch menu.

At this time, no camp scholarships are available.  Check back again soon! 

Summer 2020 registration begins January 6, 2020! 

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.

Scout dates for spring 2020 will be released January 6, 2020!

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 stars including a trip to our STARLAB planetarium. Fee includes badge.

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $20/scout

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.

7:00 p.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Cost: $45/scout, $15/adult

Registration for spring 2020 programs opens January 6, 2020!

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

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For more information, please contact Mellisa Duncan • (270) 534-3097