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Club Challenger 

Our Fall 2020 on-site Club Challenger has been cancelled.

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

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!   


Space Animals


Space Art


Space Chef


Science Lab

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

Cost: $18/session

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

 

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

Cost: $30, $36 with lunch

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

 

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

Cost: $30, $36 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, $46 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, $102 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, $102 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, $102 with lunch

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!  This is a three-day camp.

 

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

Cost: $130, $148 with lunch

Using space as a theme, master the latest robotics systems created by LEGO!  Campers will design, build and program their robotic creations to maneuver various space themed challenges on places like Mars!  This is a three-day camp.

 

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

Cost: $140, $158 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, $148 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, $142 with lunch

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, $213 with lunch 

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Please remember, not all camps are available for scholarship. 

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$13.78 (tax included)

 

Shirts can be ordered during online registration process and on paper registration as well.

 

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 - 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.

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.  

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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.

 

 

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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.

Due to COVID-19 precautions and procedures, this event has been canceled for Spring 2020.

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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.

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

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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