Marathon Petroleum comes through for local students!  They have once again generously agreed to sponsor 25 simulated missions at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska! These missions are available to all 5th and 6th grade classes from Kenai Peninsula School District.  Missions are granted on a first come first serve basis –


For more information > Teacher Announcement Letter 2019 2020

Mission Scholarship Application 2019 2020




It is that time of year again! Have you started thinking about Caring for the Kenai yet? We are preparing to kick off the 30th year of this wonderful competition and we’d love to see you at our annual CFK teacher workshop!

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“I used to go here for camps and fun activities as a kid! Currently I’m pursuing my Aerospace Engineering, Astronautics degree. I couldn’t be more grateful for all the fun things I got to do that helped inspire me to get me where I am today. I think back on the old memories and can’t help but smile ☺️”

-Alise Arnold, September 12, 2019

Alise Arnold, Former Student

“Thank you so much for providing my students with an amazing educational experience!  They had so much fun.  I look forward to visiting again.”

Ms. Crystal McMillan, Fairview Elementary Teacher

“I’ve been through this type of training (HUET training with CSET) six or seven times over the years- this was the best due to the quality instructors, helpers, ect., being allowed extra practice and coaching.”

John Minge, President of BP Exploration (Alaska)

“The many effective workshops, camps, and missions offered by the Challenger Center are not, however, it’s true magic.  Instead, CLCA’s greatest strength lies in its unique ability to inspire.  For students growing up in Alaska, where opportunity often seems far away, a class or mission with the Challenger Center brings the wonder of spaceflight within reach.”

Tess Caswell, former Challenger student and NASA Flight Controller for the International Space Station

“The CLCA hands on simulation experience make a demonstrated impact on students, possibly more so than any other experience in students’ STEM exposures.  Essentially, here is an organization with a proven track record of inspiring students to seek out STEM careers, offering to provide exciting STEM education to Alaska’s youth.”

Steve Atwater, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for K12 Outreach Education, UAF