Steam Ahead Registration Open

Registration Open

CLCA’s STEAM Ahead program is created exclusively for home learners as an in-center program. Students learn facts and methods of thinking that can be applied to solve real-world problems. STEM creates critical thinking, bridges the gender gap in leadership roles, increases science literacy, and enables the next generations of innovators.
Our Fall semester will start on October 5th, one day a week for six sessions. Each session will build onto the curriculum that will reveal more intricate science concepts as students learn.
 
“From the Big to the Little: How Are We Connected?”
Dates: 6 weeks, Wednesdays 
(Oct 5, Oct 12, Oct 19, Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 9)
Time: 10am – 12:30pm
$295 for the whole semester
 
 
 
 
📌Please Note
We have a new online booking system to create a smoother process for our customers. You can create a profile that will easily store your family’s information for faster booking next time! This system also allows us to check your child in and out virtually, with access to your approved pickup contacts, additional forms, and medical information. We are a direct pay vendor for most homeschools. If you choose this method, it is important you fill out your homeschool’s VDP form and get it to your representative right away for approval. If you have questions please give us a call or email our admin at cooper.kelley@akchallenger.org
Fall 2022   1st – 2nd 
Week 1 5-Oct Solar System Explorations
Week 2 12-Oct Climate Change & Alaska
Week 3 19-Oct Aeronautics & Weather
Week 4 26-Oct Thermal Engineering Matters
Week 5 2-Nov Electrical Circuits are a SNAP
Week 6 9-Nov Microscope Investigations

*Topics are subject to change

Fall 2022   3rd – 5th  
Week 1 5-Oct Climate Change & Alaska  
Week 2 12-Oct Aeronautics & Weather  
Week 3 19-Oct Aquatic Investigations  
Week 4 26-Oct Electrical Circuits are a SNAP  
Week 5 2-Nov Thermal Engineering Matters  
Week 6 9-Nov Solar System Explorations  

CLCA Joins NASA in Nationwide Celebration of WEBB Telescope First Images

CHALLENGER LEARNING CENTER OF ALASKA JOINS NASA IN NATIONWIDE CELEBRATION OF WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE FIRST SCIENCE IMAGES

KENAI — Challenger Learning Center of Alaska (CLCA) has joined hundreds of sites across the country to celebrate the release of the first science images from the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s next great space science observatory. CLCA will offer a range of 3D, hands-on activities and exhibits in a free public event to bring the excitement of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) to youth and adults of all ages.

“We are thrilled that Challenger Learning Center of Alaska is an official host site for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope community events celebrating Webb’s first stunning images”, said Colette Gilmour, Operations and Communications Director. “We have partnered with Boys and Girls Club of Kenai Peninsula Teen Center to help our community celebrate this amazing feat of science and engineering. A model the B&G teens built will be on display during the event. People of all ages and backgrounds will find inspiration in Webb’s new view of the cosmos, which will fundamentally change our understanding of the universe for this generation and many to come”.

Webb is the largest and most complex space science telescope ever built – the premier observatory of the next decade. This international mission, led by NASA in partnership with the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency, launched Dec. 25, 2021. After unfolding in space into its final form, Webb successfully arrived at its destination nearly 1 million miles from Earth and began preparing for science operations.

The observatory, which is designed to see the universe in the infrared, will push the field of astronomy into a new era. Webb will be able to study light from distant parts of the universe for the very first time – the first galaxies that formed over 13.5 billion years ago – and give us insight into how our universe formed. It will also peer into dusty stellar nurseries to explore distant worlds orbiting other stars, as well as observe objects in our own solar system. Webb will extend the scientific discoveries of other NASA missions like the Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory, and Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite.

Challenger’s James Webb Community Event, September 9th, 2022 will explore the wonders of these remarkable new images and answer your questions on how different light is captured, how telescopes and James Webb works and are made. For a full schedule of events, visit www.akchallenger.org/communityor contact CLCA at 907-283-2000.

Challenger Learning Center of Alaska is located at 9711 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai, AK. Our community event will be free and open to the public during 2:30pm – 4:30pm. This event will be in person, holding a live broadcast with a NASA Webb Scientist Panel talk at 3pm. To learn more about the Webb telescope, visit webb.nasa.gov and webbtelescope.org.

Food Security & Sustainability Free Workshop

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New Community Program



Join Challenger Learning Center as we learn from local experts in home gardening
for food sustainability.
This workshop will be the first of its series, introducing and
exploring seeds and seed saving, soil building and composting,
growing methods, and crop selection,
as well as a hands-on element similar to all of Challenger’s programs.
Participants will be able to “get their hands dirty” and
take something home to start them out on the right foot.
If you have been growing for years or want to get started but
need some guidance to sort through all the possibilities,
this is a great workshop for you! May 7th get your gardening fix,
recharge your skills, or learn something new!

Registration is free for the 9 am – 3 pm Workshop and lunch will be provided.
If you want to attend the grow bucket session afterward there is a $20 fee.

When: Saturday, May 7th, 2022
Time: 9am – 3pm Free
What: Learn and engage in an activity about the fundamentals and
options on how to start growing your own food from local gardening experts. Lunch included. 
Add-on: 3pm – 4:30pm $20, Make and take home a grow bucket
Who: Open to the Public

Sign Up Here
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Hiring Positions at
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Three Homeschool Mini Camps!

Three Homeschool Mini Camps!

Are you looking for exciting and educationally engaging ways to fulfill your homeschool science, technology, math, or even language arts credits for your kids? Take a look at the Homeschool Mini Camp in February to cover 10 hours! You can also use your homeschool allotment to pay for Challenger programs!

1 – 4 Graders Animals, Rockets, & Stars, OH MY!
$45/day or $200/week
Mon: Animal Adaptations
Tues: Simple Machines
Wed: Our Solar System
Thurs: Astronomy
Fri: Rocketry

5 – 8 Graders Adventures in Robotics
$200/week
Dive into the world of robotics, using draw and block systems to engineer and code robots and accomplish a variety of tasks building on their capabilities in
STEM industries. Reinforces math, language arts, and science concepts. We even have fun new Sphero Bolts!

9 – 12 Graders Survival Sciences
$250/week
Fun in Alaska can come at a cost. Be prepared to succeed in a survival situation! Introduction to survival basics including navigation, avalanche safety, land and water survival, the science behind fire, and building personal survival kits.

More information contact us at 907-283-2000 or email laura.mese@akchallenger.org

Homeschool Meet & Greet

November 10th
Homeschool Meet & Greet at Challenger
 

When: November 10, 2021
Where: Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, CLCA (9711 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai, AK 99611)
Time: 11 am – 1 pm
Who: All homeschool families with all ages of students, Parents must attend this event  

Challenger Learning Center of Alaska invites ALL homeschool families, with or without a homeschool affiliation, to a Homeschool Meet and Greet! Families will have the opportunity to network with other homeschool families, share ideas, and swap stories. Pizza will be provided for lunch, sponsored by Connections Homeschool Program. There will also be STEM activities for your children to explore while you learn how you can supplement your curriculum with Challenger programs. Get the first announcements for upcoming homeschool programs, take a tour, and see firsthand what CLCA can do for you.
RSVP’s are appreciated but not required.

James WEBB Community Night

Free Community Event, Wednesday
October 20th with Virtual Attendance too!

TODAY! Join us 4 – 6pm for a night of space fun and explore the amazing capabilities of NASA’s WEBB telescope! If you can’t make it you can join virtually for a special presentation and Q&A from Dr. Vivian U, an observational extragalactic astronomer who uses state-of-the-art telescopes to understand how galaxies and their supermassive black holes coevolve.

Watch live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dprgQ1LgaA0

or Join the Zoom Presentation at 5pm

Launch Meeting – Zoom

Meeting ID: 824 5188 3773

Passcode: 555201

Celebrate and learn about NASA’s new James Webb space telescope (WEBB) before the big space launch! October 20th, bring your family to Challenger Learning Center of Alaska for interactive activities exploring this magnificent WEBB telescope, from how it’s made, what it sees, to why it’s so important. There will be activities for all ages including tours of our simulator rooms and a star planetarium! No need to sign up, just come on in! 9711 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai, AK 99611

Send your WEBB questions ahead of time, about merging galaxies, supermassive black holes, using infrared observations from the Webb Telescope and/or large ground-based telescopes to colette.gilmour@akchallenger.org
The Zoom link will be shared Wednesday morning on our Facebook, @CLCAlaska

See you there!
 

Informative Links:
James Webb Telescope Overview | NASA

www.jwst.nasa.gov

www.webbtelescope.org

www.nasa.gov/webb

Geo-Challenge Sept. 18 2021

The Amazing Geo-Challenge on the Kenai is Back!

GET YOUR TEAM READY!

At Challenger Learning Center of Alaska (CLCA), we delight in relevant and innovative learning; our community events are no different! After a couple of years off and some rebranding, we are excited to bring back our seven-year running, famous geocache rally to support youth education! Renamed the Amazing Geo-Challenge on the Kenai, this year will be bigger and better than ever. We are throwing in new surprises, harder challenges, roadblocks, a banquet, and a partnership with The Kenai Chamber of Commerce, incorporating community involvement all around Alaska’s playground. Proceeds will support Challenger’s youth educational programs and the Chamber’s youth scholarship fund. We invite you to be a part of this epic day of adventure for CLCA’s eighth annual geocache event, a real-world outdoor treasure hunt filled with challenges and exciting twists, September 18, 2021.

The Amazing Geo-Challenge on the Kenai will kick the day off with a bang! Throughout the day, teams work together to solve strategic GPS and science challenges. Caches will take them all around the Kenai Peninsula, highlighting local businesses and what makes the central Peninsula great. We know you will not want to miss being a part of this community-wide, action-packed event. Challenger, as a non-profit, values the importance of community support and partnership. Therefore, we want to foster these positive relations, bringing community members and businesses together for a team building, stress-relieving, fun day. As an added bonus for participating in the Amazing Geo-Challenge, the team will receive admission to the evening Mad Science Banquet, continuing the fun celebrating youth S.T.E.M. education. Admission for the Geo-Challenge is $400 for a team of four, full day of activities, lunch, t-shirt, prizes, awards, entry into the banquet, and dinner. The banquet fundraiser is $50 a ticket with a silent auction, dinner, drinks, activities, and more.

Our event may be fun-filled and casual, yet our approach to impacting Alaska’s student education is not. Challenger serves communities and schools statewide with onsite, virtual, and outreach educational opportunities in the science, technology, engineering, and math (S.T.E.M.) disciplines. Our vision is to strengthen workforce development by delivering stimulating, real-world activities to Alaskans and inspire students to pursue higher education and careers within S.T.E.M. fields. As a stand-alone facility, CLCA relies on fundraisers, earned revenue, and generous supporters to continue launching our mission throughout the state. Your participation in this exciting event will make a difference in the Kenai Peninsula community, the expansion, and quality of Challenger’s educational programs, and eight High School student scholarships between Kenai and Nikiski, enriching Alaskan youth.

Call up your business’s “rival” and challenge them to a race!

Visit www.akchallenger.org/geofundraiser for more event information and to sign your team up today! “Inspiring Alaska’s greatest natural resource: our students!”

Sponsored by Our Premium Sponsor: ConocoPhillips

Thank you to all our other wonderful sponsors who make this event possible: Northrim Bank, PCHS, Klauder & Co. Architects, Heather and Heather Screen Printing, and Odies Deli

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Exciting Bermuda Program for Alaskan Youth

Exciting Bermuda Program for Alaskan Youth

Homeschoolers Don’t Miss Your Chance!

Hello State-wide Families!

Are you looking for a fabulous program to use your homeschool curriculum allotment for? Start your school year with a truly out-of-this-world experience for your child. Challenger’s award-winning “From Alaska to Bermuda” program is just that! Spots are still open but time is running out to register for this unique opportunity for your sixth – eighth-grader.  The week of August 16th, students entering 6-8th grade from Alaska, will virtually join Middle School students from Bermuda, to explore the latest NASA drive to establish a permanent, manned research station on the Moon, and to expand mankind’s presence to Mars and beyond! Guest speakers from NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab and HERO will also make appearances throughout the week! There are only 8 spots available for Alaskan students, so make sure yours is one of them! August 9th at Noon registration closes!

Since this program is such a unique, and special opportunity, registrations need to be accompanied by a video submission from the interested student, or a short letter. More information and registration can be found at www.akchallenger.org/camps under the AK & Bermuda Program Tab.  
Return to the Moon, Mars, and Beyond
August 16 – 20 
6th-8th Graders
4 hours a day, 8am – 12pm (AST)
Bermuda 1pm – 5pm
http://www.akchallener.org/camps 


If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call or email! 907-283-2000 laura.mese@akchallenger.org
Challenger Learning Center of Alaska

This program is continually developing for the future, with a cultural exchange aspect that integrates Alaska and Bermuda students. The collaboration would not only allow students an opportunity to build on each other ideas but to share cultural and environmental experiences. Projects will entail revealing and solving challenges within colonizing other planets and continued deep-space exploration. All materials needed to make the assignments will be provided.

Summer Camps!

2021 Summer Academies

Three more weeks to Register!

Three age groups, completing a week of captivating, interactive subjects that will keep campers entertained while practicing real-world STEM solutions. Bring your children to Challenger this summer for days packed with enriching, active, activities, leaving them happy and tired when they go home! 🦾 Time is running out, Learn more & Register Now

June 14-18 2021 (Day Camp Only)
3rd-4th Grade Material Science: Build, Bust, and Burn Academy Study materials by building, busting, and making things go BOOM!

$325 June 21-25 2021 (Day Camp Only)
5th-6th Grade Forensic Science: CSI Academy Unravel the mysteries of crime scene investigation! 

$400 June 29-July 1 2021 (Day Camp Only)
K- 2nd Grade Space Academy Explore what the future of space colonization might encompass.
$200

Register Here

For more information visit http://www.akchallenger.org/camps

Contact: 
Laura Mese, Administrative Assistant
laura.mese@akchallenger.org 
907.283.2000

Earth Day Challenges

Happy Earth Day!

Today we celebrate our Earth and think about what we can do to make it more sustainable. Living in Alaska we have a lot of land and natural resources available to us to ski, hike, fish, boat, camp, hunt…but having so much at our disposal means we need to do more to keep it like that. Start today doing one small thing that will impact our world, even if that means making a recycled craft with your child, or pick up one piece of litter that has been revealed by the melting snow.

Challenger focuses our education in S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math). STEM isn’t just about these fields of study though. The model of teaching STEM incorporates hands-on learning, building confidence, and the connection in how we can better our world. Here are some fun ways of explaining and teaching Earth Day to your kids!

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Make recycled Egg Shell Gardens and watch grass grow.

Learn about biomes and Build a Desert Biome!

Learn about Global Warming with Earth Day Toast.

Try the Carbon Footprint Activity and learn how much damage we do to the ecosystem!

Learn about Animal Habitats and find out how animals adapt to changes in the world.

Make a Water Cycle in a Bag to learn about the water cycle.

Earth Day Seed Planters are a popular STEM activity for Earth Day!

Make a Terrarium in a Jar and create your own ecosystem.

Make a Model Waterworks and learn how water is filtered.

Melt Crayons with Solar Energy and see how heat can be used as energy!

Create Your Own Mini Landfill!

Try the Earth Day Robot Design Challenge and build a robot who recycles for you.

Try the Exploring Solar Heat experiment.

Play this simple Sort the Recycling Game.

These Water Pollution Activities are perfect for elementary kids.

Learn how you can make a difference in the planet with science, technology, engineering, and math activities with these STEM activities for Earth Day!

DIVE IN AND HAVE FUN!