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Community Programs

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Summer camp 

Check back in January for summer camp 2024 details!

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.

September 12, 2023
LEGO Brick Challenge

October 17, 2023
Glovebox Science

November 7, 2023
Native American Starlore

December 5, 2023
Snowman Stretch Challenge

Time: 4:15-5:45 pm

Fee: $50, covers all four sessions

September 19, 2023
LEGO Brick Challenge

October 24, 2023
Glovebox Science

November 14, 2023
Native American Starlore

December 12, 2023
Snowman Stretch Challenge

Time: 4:15-5:45 pm

Fee: $50, covers all four sessions

Our Fall 2023 sessions are now closed.  

Check back in January for our spring 2024 details.

General Refund Policy

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

Trivia Night

Check back in January for 2024 details!

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.

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.  

  • 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!
We do not have any organized programs at this time for either Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. Please call us at (270) 534-3101 if you are interested in a program for your group.

Give us a call at (270) 534-3101 or send us an email at

STEM Squad


Nasa PartnerIn an effort to expose rural area students to more NASA education programming, the Challenger Learning Center at Paducah (CLC) has received a TEAMII-CAAT grant award. This award designates the CLC as a NASA Community Anchor. The award enabled the CLC to create a new program called STEM Squad, targeting all area students in 5th-7th grades (any student in our area would be considered a rural student). STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. These students will be introduced to various NASA educational themes, programs and STEM curriculum.  Thirty members were selected through an application process in September 2022.


Challenger STEM Squad members are required to attend monthly meetings called Squad Summits (one virtual/one in-person, monthly) October 2022 through May 2023. Squad Summits include hands-on STEM lessons, NASA speakers, information and other thematic activities. In the summer of 2023 participants will choose a project to work on and present this project in August 2023 to the Squad.  

If all requirements of assignments and attendance are met, members will attend the US Space & Rocket Center's Space Camp Titan Program* in September 2023. CLC Staff will be attending with participants and will sleep off-site. Participants will sleep in the Space Camp Habitat with Space Camp staff like all other students attending a program at Space Camp. The only cost to participants will be extra spending money. Room, board and travel are all provided through the grant and by CLC. After completion of the Titan Program, alumni will share out their experiences and be looked upon as leaders in STEM at the CLC. Alumni will be given opportunities to volunteer, help prepare for programs and other opportunities as they arise. 

Summit Dates

Space History
October 13, 2022 (virtual)
October 20, 2022 (in-person)

November 10, 2022 (virtual)
November 17, 2022 (in-person)

James Webb Space Telescope
December 1, 2022 (virtual)
December 15, 2022 (in-person)

NASA Careers
January 12, 2023 (virtual)
January 26, 2023 (in-person)

February 9, 2023 (virtual)
February 23, 2023 (in-person)

International Space Station
March 9, 2023 (virtual)
March 23, 2023 (in-person)

Earth Day
April 13, 2023 (virtual)
April 27, 2023 (in-person)

Artemis Program
May 11, 2023 (virtual)
May 18, 2023 (in-person)

Space Camp - Titan Program
September 14-17, 2023 (USSRC)*

*The final decision of member eligibility to attend the Space Camp Titan Program is at the discretion of the CLC Director/Grant Principle Investigator.

West Kentucky
RCX Regional Tournament

March 9, 2024

Questions?  Contact Mellisa Duncan • (270) 534-3097 •