Education in STEM, space and workforce development is our main mission at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska. We value our community and love sharing our passion with all ages! Throughout the year we look for opportunities to give back and share some of our programming in our community. The best way to see upcoming events is to follow our Facebook page.
Educational Services we offer to the Community:
- Monthly visits to the Kenai Youth Detention Center
- Activities at the Soldotna Library
- Volunteer STEM Workshops such as Paper Rockets, Paper Engineering, and Spaghetti Towers at community events like the Soldotna Winter Games and Kenai River Fest.
- Free community events at the Challenger like our Nano Days, Star parties, and The Mission Continues: A Lunar Event!
- Team building and simulated space missions with teams like the USA Women’s Olympic Rugby team and The Kenai River Brown Bears.
- And so much more!
We can customize our programs for anyone in the community!
Call to discuss what you are looking for. Ask us about creating a custom camp, event, retreat, mission or workshop!
Our Simulations are not just for students!
The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska offer students the next best thing to actual space flight with a Mission Control room designed after NASA Johnson Space Center and an orbiting space station. The Missions’ Commander and Flight Director direct our mission specialists in the orientation room where they are given an overview of the mission as well as their crew assignments. A minimum of 14 and up to 32 people, will be divided between Mission Control and the Space Craft. Following mid-brief, crew members will switch so each student experiences both Mission Control and the Space Craft.
The year is 2076. Humans have solved some of the larger problems associated with a long-term Mars mission, including radiation exposure and landing large payloads safely on the surface. A handful of facilities have been established on the Martian surface including a Greenhouse, a mobile geo survey base, and a centralized research habitat. The primary human habitat within the Mars system is not on Mars itself but located approximately 9376 km away on its moon, Phobos. This tiny moon provides an excellent location for a permanent base to continue studying Mars.
A large shuttle regularly ferries astronauts and scientists between the base on Phobos and the surface of Mars. This shuttle, or Mars Transport Vehicle (MTV), serves as the spacecraft for the mission. The MTV carries parts to build a ROV for hydrological exploration and it also carries one unmanned drone aircraft which can carry the ROV to a survey destination. However, when crew members discover a threat to their MTV base, they must act quickly to save their crew and their station.
The two groups will have to work together to accomplish their mission goals: to search for evidence of life on Mars, whether fossil or living, to search for evidence of water, and to keep everyone safe. Using teamwork and creative problem solving, the crew will be able to continue their research on our neighbor planet.
Two teams set out for the moon to help with the expansion of Moonbase Alpha. Together they must navigate through space, to the moon and choose a suitable location for mining resources needed for the expansion of lunar research. However, scouting locations is dangerous and the choices the crews will need to make impact not only the success of their mission, but also the health and safety of each other.
A recent coronal mass ejection has destroyed a vital space satellite responsible for gathering key Earth science information. Working together, the team at Mission Control and another aboard the Space Station, must build a new micro satellite to replace the one lost. However, traveling into orbit during this time of increased solar activity poses risks of its own.