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Thank You Donors


Dear Donors, I am Dr. France Jackson, a Challenger Center Alumni, and it is with sincere gratitude that I write this letter. Thank you for your support. During school field trips and summer camps at the Challenger Learning Center of Richland County School District One in Columbia, South Carolina, I was able to get invaluable [...]

Thank You Donors2019-05-21T16:20:34+00:00

Dayton Teacher Wins National Award for STEM Work in Special Education


Dayton Public Schools teacher Christine Irby on Monday won a national Innovative Educator Award for her work teaching science, technology, engineering and math concepts (STEM) to special education students at Westwood Elementary. Officials of the National Challenger Center in Washington, D.C. chose Irby from a worldwide set of nominations as the winner of the group’s [...]

Dayton Teacher Wins National Award for STEM Work in Special Education2019-05-07T13:50:17+00:00

National Challenger Center awards Dayton Public Schools teacher with June Scobee Rodgers Award


The national Challenger Center, based in Washington, D.C., presented Christine Irby, a Special Education teacher at Westwood PreK-6, with the 2019 June Scobee Rodgers Innovative Educator Award on Monday, May 6. The Award, named in honor of Challenger Center Founding Chair June Scobee Rodgers, recognizes outstanding educators who value the importance of STEM education and [...]

National Challenger Center awards Dayton Public Schools teacher with June Scobee Rodgers Award2019-05-08T14:08:21+00:00

Chelsea Bailey Alumni Profile


Name: Chelsea Bailey Current Employer: United States Air Force Current Title: F-22 Pilot Education: Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia Which of our Challenger Learning Centers did you visit? Buehler Challenger & Science Center in Paramus, New Jersey. When did you visit a Challenger Learning Center? (approximate age and/or grade) I visited [...]

Chelsea Bailey Alumni Profile2019-04-26T14:23:07+00:00

Benefits of STEM Summer Camps


STEM summer camps make summer learning fun and exciting. Designed to teach kids about science, technology, engineering, and math, camps give children an opportunity to continue their education and explore different STEM concepts they may not learn about in their classrooms. In just one summer, kids discover not only their passion for learning but perhaps [...]

Benefits of STEM Summer Camps2019-03-26T14:36:08+00:00

2019 Challenger Learning Center STEM Summer Camps


Challenger Learning Centers across the country have exciting, engaging, and impactful summer camps for students. From building drones and robots to exploring different STEM careers, students will find their passion for learning while having fun and developing important life skills like communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Programs, dates, and costs vary from Center to Center, [...]

2019 Challenger Learning Center STEM Summer Camps2019-03-01T18:56:29+00:00

Board Member Spotlight: Tasmyn Front


Tasmyn Front, Executive Director, Challenger Learning Center – St. Louis, was elected to Challenger Center’s National Board of Directors in 2018. Tasmyn brings over 20 years of administration experience in informal science education to the board. At the Center, Tasmyn leads a team of dedicated educators to develop and facilitate award-winning programs. How did you [...]

Board Member Spotlight: Tasmyn Front2019-02-19T17:40:21+00:00

Son of Space Shuttle Challenger Commander Remembers Tragedy 33 Years ago


(CNN)For Lt. Gen. Richard "Rich" Scobee, losing his father in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger was a personal tragedy he and the families of other members of the crew have shared with the nation for 33 years. "If you have ever lost somebody that you loved, it's that exact feeling," Scobee told CNN [...]

Son of Space Shuttle Challenger Commander Remembers Tragedy 33 Years ago2019-01-28T17:03:10+00:00

Challenger Learning Center Gets $100K Grant, Headed for Mars


BANGOR, Maine (WABI) -A Bangor-based educational center is ready to help local kids continue exploring space. A sizable donation will help. The Challenger Learning Center is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Some of the equipment is that old too and needs updating. They recently found out they're getting $100K from the Davis Family Foundation. Their goal [...]

Challenger Learning Center Gets $100K Grant, Headed for Mars2019-01-28T17:09:10+00:00

Education Intern – Summer 2019


Position Summary: Challenger Center is an education organization that utilizes complex, custom technology platforms and software, integrated with custom and off-the-shelf hardware (e.g., science lab equipment, custom apps, 3D printers, and Virtual Reality technology), in all its major programs. Students interact with this technology in Challenger Learning Centers worldwide and using our online platform in [...]

Education Intern – Summer 20192019-01-15T16:16:38+00:00