Our Big Event!
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Amazing Geo-Challenge on the Kenai
The Ultimate Race to Find Caches and Complete Challenges on the Kenai!
Challenger Learning Center of Alaska (CLCA) is gearing up for this year’s ninth Amazing Geo-Challenge on the Kenai! This is your chance to get involved with Kenai’s only official geocache race and be a part of the exciting action. This special event helps Challenger continue to serve communities and schools statewide with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) educational programs.
September 23, 2023, Geo-Challenge teams will work together to follow GPS coordinates, taking them around the Kenai Peninsula to twelve hidden locations and challenges. This action-packed day will bring family and business teams together while trying to solve challenging activities representing Challenger’s STEM education.
Check-in is 8:15 am, race starts at 9 am – return to Challenger by 4 pm done or not! Banquet following event at 6pm
As a team in the Amazing Geo-Challenge on the Kenai, You get the mother load!
A full day of geocaching and challenge activities
Come celebrate and raise money to support youth STEM education on September 23rd at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska! This event will also be the first official ‘Grand Reveal’ to the public since Challenger has upgraded their Mission Simulator Rooms and remodeled the building. Be involved in an exciting night reminiscing through twenty-three years of Challenger and how local Alaskans have impacted the NASA workforce. There will be a catered dinner, no-host bar, silent auction, facility tours, science activities, and prizes. The banquet is included with the Geo-Challenge Teams but you don’t have to participate in the Geo-Challenge to come to the banquet!
This special event helps Challenger continue to serve communities and schools statewide with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) educational programs. Our vision is to strengthen Alaska’s workforce development by delivering interactive and real-world classroom activities to youth. These programs directly help our businesses hire a more skilled labor force. Students are inspired to pursue higher education and careers within important STEM fields while developing teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. As a stand-alone facility, CLCA relies on fundraisers, grants, earned revenue, and generous supporters to continue launching our mission throughout the state. Teachers find Challenger’s exploratory, hands-on teaching methods and connection to NASA to be essential to our community. Teachers and homeschool parents say they continue to utilize Challenger’s on-site, virtual, and traveling programs because they witness the instant change in their students once they participate in a Challenger program. Students are eager to learn, research, and ask questions. They are so busy having fun, students do not realize they are learning and gaining confidence in their academic abilities.
This approach to education is exceptionally important with the increase in online devices, causing a disconnect between students and the standardized curriculum. At the same time, career fields are getting more competitive, and STEM-based jobs are on the rise as technology quickly advances. CLCA’s programs cover many STEM disciplines, such as robotics, coding, drones and aeronautics, rocketry, food security, survival training, space sciences, thermal engineering, criminal science investigation, astronomy, and so much more. These studies not only lay the foundation for youth’s interest and skills but shows them real career pathways they can pursue.
Your support allows us to continue delivering affordable and innovative programs. We look forward to seeing you at this important community event.
Sponsored by: ConocoPhillips, Marathon Petroleum, Enstar, Northrim Bank, Soldotna Dental, The Jotimaz Group, Ted Stevens Foundation, Heather & Heather, Lucy’s Deli, KDLL