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Challenger Learning Center invites students to participate in Name the Cone Contest

Paducah, Kentucky (March 7, 2016) Name the Nose Cone. That is the name of the Challenger Learning Center at Paducahs contest to choose the right name for the nose cone the center recently received as a donation from the Paducah Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.

Kindergarten through eighth grade students are invited to name this bit of history by participating in the amp;ldquoldquo;Name the Nose Cone contest that is open now until March 31.
Multiple students from one classroom may enter. Entries must be received online.

This nose cone went to space on an Atlas rocket sometime between 1963 and 1965. Although it did not orbit the Earth, the nose cone was a test for the U.S. Air Forces Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program. The nose cone did not carry a missile, but instead was used to test for reentry and the best time for missile detonation.

While located in Paducah since 1967, the nose cone has not been on display for several years. Now its location will be outside the Challenger Learning Center, and the CLC staff is asking area students to join the contest to choose a new name for its new home.

The student whose Name the Nose Cone entry is chosen will receive a water bottle rocketry program for their class or homeschool group of up to 30 students. The CLC staff can bring the program to the school or the school can chose to visit the center.

The winning student and family will also be invited to the nose cone dedication to be scheduled in April.

Contest rules and entry details can be found at Entries must be received on line at Any entry that does not follow the rules and guidelines will be automatically disqualified. Judges will be CLC staff and members of the Civil Air Patrol.

To learn more about the nose cone, visit:
The Challenger Learning Center is located on the campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College. For more information about the CLC programming or the contest, contact Mellisa Duncan, CLC director, at, 270-534-3097.
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