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Virtual Trivia Night Fundraiser

Friday, April 30, 2021
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
$25/team of 1-10 players
6 rounds/10 questions each
Prize given to winning team!

Teams should participate from the same physical location.  Only one Zoom connection per team.
You will need:
  • Zoom (only one connection per team)
  • Laptop/computer with camera/mic
  • Pen and paper

Registration opens April 1!  Click here to register!

Club Challenger 

There will be no Club Challenger sessions for Spring 2021.

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.

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All fees are nonrefundable 15 days prior to event. Refunds will be mailed within 30 days of cancellation date. Refunds are issued in the original form of payment.

Online registration - If you register online, a 6.25% processing fee will be charged to your credit card. This fee is collected by Active Network and not refundable. Per the guidelines listed above in our cancellation policy, your refund amount will be based on the amount paid, less the 6.25% processing fee.

Summer Camp

Our 2021 summer camp offerings will be IN-PERSON, but a bit different this year!  Take a look below at our offerings for this year and register today!  We only have 14 openings in each session this year.

What is a scientist or an engineer? Young scientists will conduct experiments and more in STEM: Edventures I. While young engineers will design and build their own creations in STEM: Edventures II. These 2-hour sessions will be offered summer 2021. 

STEM: Edventures I // Fee $18
(choose only one session)

  • June 7, 2021 (9-11a)
  • June 8, 2021 (9-11a)
  • June 9, 2021 (12:30-2:30p)
  • June 10, 2021 (12:30-2:30p)

STEM: Edventures II // Fee $18
(choose only one session)

  • June 28, 2021 (9-11a)
  • June 29, 2021 (9-11a)
  • June 30, 2021 (12:30-2:30p)
  • July 1, 2021 (12:30-2:30p)

This 2-day camp will take campers on a journey through space as they learn about our stars, constellations and beyond as they participate in hands on experiments and activities. Our journey will include a tour of our STARLAB planetarium.

Choose only one session.

  • June 14-15, 2021
  • June 16-17, 2021
  • July 12-13, 2021
  • July 14-15, 2021

Fee // $60
Time // 9a-3p 

This 2-day camp will take campers on a journey through the solar system as they travel to both the Moon and Mars in our hands-on simulators. Campers will participate in training and team building activities prior to their missions. 

Choose only one session.

  • June 21-22, 2021
  • June 23-24, 2021
  • July 19-20, 2021
  • July 21-22, 2021

Fee // $90
Time // 9a-3p

At this 2-day secret agent training, campers 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.  

Choose only one session.

  • June 28-29, 2021
  • June 30-July 1, 2021

Fee // $90
Time // 9a-3p

Young Jedi will want to attend this special 2-day camp created just for them! Participate in activities and experiments, including light sabers and carbonite, based on the popular movie series.

Choose only one session.

  • June 7-8, 2021
  • June 9-10, 2021

Fee // $90
Time // 9a-3p

Due to COVID guidelines, no lunch option will be available this summer.  Campers attending full day camps must bring a lunch and drink from home.

We currently do not have any scholarships available for summer camp 2021.  This could change at any time, so check back often!

*Please remember, not all camps are available for scholarship. 

Click here to register! (6.25% processing fee applied)

Due to smaller than usual class sizes, the only way we can guarantee your spot is by our online registration process.  If you are unable to register online, we can send you a paper form that must be returned via mail with a check.  We cannot guarantee you will receive the camp you selected.  If the camp you selected is full, we will return your check and place your child on our waitlist.  Our facility is currently still closed to guests so we cannot offer in-person registration.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

red shirt that reads let's explore$13.78 (tax included)

Shirts will be available for purchase during registration through May 13, 2021.  After this date, shirts will no longer be available for purchase.

General Refund Policy - A full refund will be given if cancellation is received 30 days prior to start of camp date. After the 30 day mark only half of your registration fee will be refunded. If your child is sick and cannot attend camp, a doctor’s note must be provided for a full refund. Refunds will be mailed within 30 days of cancellation date. No refund on camp shirts after May 1.

Online Registration Policy - If you register online, a 6.25% processing fee will be charged to your credit card. This fee is collected by Active Network and not refundable. Per the guidelines listed above in our cancellation policy, your refund amount will be based on the amount paid, less the 6.25% processing fee.

COVID 19 Policy - If camper presents with a temp greater than 100.4, they will not be able to participate.  If rescheduling is not an option, 50% refund will be given.  

  • Limit of 14 participants per camp.
  • Campers must wear a mask at all times, except when eating or drinking.  
  • Please send your camper with a mask.  Disposable masks available if needed. 
  • We will take as many outside breaks as possible.  
  • Only campers are allowed inside the buildling.  All others are to stay in vehicle at drop off and pickup.
  • If camper presents with a temp greater than 100.4, they will not be able to participate.  If rescheduling is not an option, 50% refund will be given.  
  • Campers will be required to wash hands often.  Hand sanitizer will be readily available.
  • Campers will be socially distanced at all times where possible.  Very few activities may require partner work, in this case, students will be masked and wear gloves.
  • Gloves provided and required where supply sharing is necessary.  This will be minimal.
  • All supplies and equipment will be sanitized frequently by staff prior to camper use.
  • All campers, except for those attending STEM: Edventures, must bring a lunch and drink from home.  Lunch and drink must be clearly marked with camper name.
  • A snack and water bottle will be provided to all campers, except for those attending STEM: Edventures.  Water bottle will be marked with name.  Can be refilled throughout the day by camper.
  • There will be no camp closing ceremonies.

Scout Workshops

Our spring 2021 virtual Girl Scout programs have been cancelled due to low enrollment.

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.  

Take a tour of our solar system as you work towards your Space Science Adventurer badge. You will learn about our Moon, planets and the constellations in our night sky as you participate in demonstrations and activities. *This program will fulfill steps 1-4 of the badge requirements.

Provided by CLC:

  • 1 hour zoom session
  • Digital file of needed printout emailed

Supplies you must provide:

  • Scissors
  • Piece of black construction paper
  • Push pin/thumb tack
  • Empty toilet paper roll
  • Rubber band
  • Tape
  • Small piece of cardboard
  • Constellation patterns printed out

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
This event has been cancelled due to low enrollment.

Take a tour of our solar system as you work towards your Space Science Investigator badge. You will learn about our Moon, planets and the constellations in our night sky as you participate in demonstrations and activities. *This program will fulfill steps 1-4 of the badge requirements.

Provided by CLC:

  • 1.5 hour zoom session
  • Digital files of needed printouts emailed

Supplies you must provide:

  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Tape
  • Calculator
  • Meterstick or tape measure
  • Age and Weight on Mars sheet printed out
  • Star Finder patterns printed out
  • Tennis ball and basketball (not absolutely necessary, but fun to have)

Monday, May 3, 2021
This event has been cancelled due to low enrollment.

This event has been cancelled due to low enrollment.

Virtual program fees are non-refundable.  However, if the CLC has to cancel a session due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be issued to all registered participants. 

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

There will be no Trivia Night during spring 2021.  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.

West Kentucky RCX Regional Tournament

There will be no regional tournament at WKCTC during spring 2021.

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