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School Programs

flight stations in the challenger learning center

Astrotot Program

This fun, hands-on program is ideal for pre-kindergarten through second grade classes. Each 1.5 hour program is offered to any preschool, day care center, or large group.  See options and pricing listed below.

Astrotots will learn about rocket basics, see a "live" launch in our transporter and do a
hands-on project.
$100, up to 15 children (2 adults required)
$150, 16-28 children (3 adults required)

Astrotots will learn about stars and constellations in our star dome, go on a star hunt in our mission control room an do a hands-on project.
$100, up to 15 children (2 adults required)
$150, 16-28 children (3 adults required)

Give us a call at (270) 534-3101 to book this program.  If you would like an informational flyer about this program, send us an email at sarahj.davis@kctcs.edu

School Missions

Train for your mission...then blast into space! A visit to the Challenger Learning Center is not just a field trip.  Our school mission programs are based around a comprehensive curriculum, which is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and Kentucky Core Academic Standards. Missions and activities also include 21st century skills such as problem solving, communication, decision making and creative thinking.

School mission programs include:

  • Teacher professional development opportunities
  • Curriculum with up to four weeks of pre- and post-visit activities
  • Two-hour extended classroom activities on mission day
  • Two-hour simulated space mission at the Challenger Learning Center

Cost: $500 per mission (max 32 students)

Our curriculum is now available through GoogleDrive.  To receive the login credentials, please contact Jennifer Reed at (270) 534-3098 or jennifer.reed@kctcs.edu.

image of the curriculum coverIn the not-too-distant future a team of scientists and engineers are serving as astronauts and mission controllers on a daring exploration of comets. Their goal is to successfully plot a course to rendezvous with a comet and launch a probe to collect scientific data. What may seem to be a routine exploration is sprinkled with lots of surprises and emergencies that will give students first-hand insight into teamwork and problem-solving. This scenario is for 4th and 5th grade students.

image of the curriculum coverFor the first time since 1972, a crew of astronauts is returning to the Moon. This time, they plan to stay. Their mission is to select a landing site an establish a permanent base on the lunar surface.  Navigating their way into lunar orbit, students must construct and launch a probe, dock with a lunar lander, solve emergencies and analyze a variety of data gathered from the lunar surface to select a site to land and establish the permanent Moon Base. This scenario is for 6th grade students.

image of the curriculum coverIn Earth years, it is 2076, and now a routine Voyage to Mars has brought the latest human crew into Martian orbit. Control of the incoming flight has been transferred from Houston Mission Control to Mars Control at Chryse Station. The crew arriving from Earth on the Mars Transport Vehicle has been specially trained to replace the existing crew of astronauts, which has manned Mars Control for the past two years, and to continue their scientific explorations. This scenario is for 7th - 12th grade students and adults.

Professional development for educators is a vital component of the Challenger Learning Center program. We believe the more students and teachers are prepared for their mission, the better the student learning experience. Each summer a variety of workshops is offered to educators. The new teacher workshop is deisgned for educators who have never brought a group to the CLC, this will include participating in a mission and learning about the logistics of bringing the students to the center. Returning teacher workshops change each summer and always include ways to enhance the Challenger Learning Center curriculum with new STEM ideas and activities.  Summer professional development dates and topics will be available each spring. 

Give us a call at (270) 534-3101 or email sarahj.davis@kctcs.edu

Starlab - Portable Planetarium 

Bring the wonders of the night sky to your school!

Take a tour through our night sky!  Explore the stars in their constellations and hear the Greek and Roman Mythology stories related to them.
$75, per session

Explore our Moon!  See and learn about the Moon's phases, features and the landing sites where humans walked.
$75, per session

60 miles or less: $50 per day; 61 miles or more, call (270) 534-3101 for pricing.

Add on a correlating activity to either option above.  This add-on extends each session by 30 minutes.
$50, per session

  • Limit of 25 students per session
  • Lessons can be adapted for 2nd grade and up.
  • No more than five 45-minute sessions/day.
  • One school personnel must remain with students at all times.
  • Large area that can accommodate dome of 11 ft. high and 25 ft. across (i.e. stage, gym, library)
  • Must be a quiet area.
  • Floor must be clean.
  • Electrical outlets available; one for a fan, one for a projector.  We will bring extension cords.
  • Participants will be required to remove their shoes before entering the dome.

Give us a call at (270) 534-3101 or send us a email at sarahj.davis@kctcs.edu.