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Summer camp 

Registration for summer camp 2024 will open February 16, 2024. Registration link will be available in the "How do I register?" tab below.

BE PREPARED! Our registration portal is not compatible on all cell phones. It works best on a computer, laptop or tablet. If you have any issues using our online registration site, please clear your internet browser cache first - sometimes this is the fix. However, if that does not resolve the issue, you will need to find another device to use for registration.

Astrotot Camp is offered to students rising into Kindergarten - 1st grade.   Each session is two hours in length.

June 13, 2024

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

$20

Age: Rising Kindergarten-1st Gr

Astrotot Camp is offered to students rising into Kindergarten - 1st grade.   Each session is two hours in length.

June 20, 2024

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

$20

Age: Rising Kindergarten-1st Gr

Astrotot Camp is offered to students rising into Kindergarten - 1st grade.   Each session is two hours in length.

July 11, 2024

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

$20

Age: Rising Kindergarten-1st Gr

Astrotot Camp is offered to students rising into Kindergarten - 1st grade.   Each session is two hours in length.

July 18, 2024

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

$20

Age: Rising Kindergarten-1st Gr

This camp includes many exciting hands-on engineering activities centered around the very important areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).  

June 11, June 26, or July 9, 2024

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

$35

Age: Rising 2nd-3rd Gr

This camp includes many exciting hands-on science activities centered around the very important areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).  

June 12, June 27, or July 10, 2024

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

$35

Age: Rising 2nd-3rd Gr

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 3-5, 2024 or July 8-10, 2024

9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

$145

Age: Rising 2nd-3rd Gr

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!

June 10-12, 2024 

9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

$155

Age: Rising 4th-6th Gr

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 17-18, 2024 or July 24-25, 2024

9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

$105

Age: Rising 3rd-5th Gr

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 5-6, 2024

9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

$105

Age: Rising 4th-7th Gr

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 3-4, 2024

9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

$105

Age: Rising 5th-7th Gr

After learning about the basics of rocketry, participants will build and launch several different types of rockets including eggstronaut water rockets and model rockets. 

July 15-16, 2024

9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

$105

Age: Rising 4th-7th Gr

After learning the basics of driving and coding a Sphero Bolt (advanced robotic ball), engineers will participate in activities such as Maze Craze, making Spherographs and a Sphero Battle Bot competition. 

July 8-10, 2024

9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

$155

Age: Rising 5th-8th Gr

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 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 15-17, 2024

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

$200

Age: Rising 9th-12th Gr

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 provided.

June 24-25, 2024 (mandatory meeting 5.6.24; 6:00pm)

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

$155

Age: 12-15 years old

Code a drone of your own! Drones are ever increasing in popularity for private use, but have you ever thought of all the things they are used for? Come join us to explore not only the fun side of drones, but also many other uses as well. Become a drone expert as you learn to program and fly drones!  

July 17, 2024 

9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

$40

Age: Rising 7th-9th Gr

Take the skills learned in Drone Discovery 1 and participate in advanced activities including team flying, advanced coding techniques, photography, coordinating search and recovery efforts utilizing drones and ground resources, and much more.  Drone Discovery 1 camp completion is required. 

July 18, 2024 

9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

$40

Age: Rising 8th-12th Gr

Campers attending full day camps will need to bring a lunch and drink from home.

2024 Summer Camp T-shirt

Blue t-shrt design Purple t-shrt design

New option this year!  Choose between two colors, blue or purple.  Imprint design will be neon!

$16, plus tax

Available in youth small through adult XXlarge.

You will find the option to add a shirt to your cart in the same list as the summer camp options!

Registration opens February 16, 2024 at 6:00 a.m. CST. 

Click here to register!

BE PREPARED! Our registration portal is not compatible on all cell phones. It works best on a computer, laptop or tablet. If you have any issues using our online registration site, please clear your internet browser cache first - sometimes this is the fix. However, if that does not resolve the issue, you will need to find another device to use for registration.

Follow the instructions on the tab above for registration.

Once a camp is full, you will be given the option to be added to the waitlist for that camp. This option will appear once you add a full camp to your cart.

Should a spot open up, we will contact you.

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

Cancellation Policy // A full refund will be issued if cancellation is received 30 days prior to start of camp date you choose, less a 10% cancellation fee. 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 processed within 7-10 days of cancellation date. No refund on camp shirts after deadline date listed on registration form. 

Cancellation Policy Amended // Effective 2.21.23
Implementation of a cancellation fee for those needing to fully cancel prior to 30 days out from camp. This cancellation fee will be 10% of your total camp registration fee. It will be deducted from your refund before it is processed back to you.

Club Challenger 

Registration for our 2024 spring semester is now closed!  Registration for our fall session will begin in August 2024.  

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 13, 2024 - Cookie Calamity

March 12, 2024 - 2024 Solar Eclipse

April 9, 2024 - Breath of Fresh Air

May 7, 2024 - NASA Fit!

4:15-5:45 p.m.

Membership Fee $50 (covers all four sessions)

February 20, 2024 - Cookie Calamity

March 19, 2024 - 2024 Solar Eclipse

April 16, 2024 - Breath of Fresh Air

May 14, 2024 - NASA Fit!

4:15-5:45 p.m.

Membership Fee $50 (covers all four sessions)

Registration is now closed.

We do not offer a waitlist for Club Challenger as we rarely receive cancellations.  

Should a spot open up, we would post it on our social media accounts as first come, first served.

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

There will be no Trivia Night event in 2024.  

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 sarahj.davis@kctcs.edu

West Kentucky
RCX Regional Tournament

March 9, 2024

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