Individual Student Programs

If you are a parent, homeschool teacher, have a child who wants extra science learning…Don’t worry! Challenger Learning Center of Alaska has options for you too! We have programs for local Kenai Peninsula residents and virtual programs for ALL Alaskans!

Challenger Learning Center of Alaska continues to develop programs that help parents meet the needs of their students in an ever-changing world. Our hands on approach strengthens knowledge in STEM subjects and inspires students to pursue careers in these important fields. Curriculum also aligns with state standards and grade level expectations.

Programs are offered throughout the year, with changing themes. Make sure to check back to keep up to date with new offerings.

  • VIRTUAL PROGRAMS
  • STEAM AHEAD HOMESCHOOL DAYS
  • VIRTUAL ALASKA MEETS BERMUDA
  • KINDERNAUTS

Parents and Homeschool Families

Looking for more options to teach their kids science at home? Challenger is now offering Virtual Programs you can access right from home!  Look for new sessions with different topics throughout the year. Each session focuses on engaging students and reinforcing STEM concepts being taught in the classroom. Topics will range from ecosystems, robotics, space science, properties of matter, energy and much more!

Each program is guided or taught by a Challenger Flight Director over a virtual platform with other students.

Virtual Missions: Dates and Age Groups
DESTINATION MARS
Grades 3-6

April 15, 2021 @ 9:30am -10:30am

*Enrollment Deadline- April 12 2021*

$50/student

Researchers are ready to explore Mars,
but there’s one glaring problem – more
than 40 million miles separate Earth from
Mars. Students will go on a mission to
analyze data and determine which of the
Red Planet’s moons is the best location
for building a research base.

DESTINATION MOON
Grades 7-8

April 14, 2021 @ 9:30am -11:30am

*Enrollment Deadline- April 12th 2021*

$50/student

A team of researchers is ready to return to the Moon to explore its surface and establish a second habitat for astronauts to live and work! To get there, they’ll launch and fly Blue origin’s reusable launch vehicle, New Glenn, and explore the Moon’s surface using Blue Origin’s lunar lander, Blue Moon.

Program Videos Head to our YouTube

Virtual Workshops: Dates and Age Groups

Each workshop is a 1 1/2 hour Zoom session, on call with a Challenger Flight Director, and other students.

Program materials will be provided and shipped or picked up from the center if you are local.

Grades 3-5

January 21, 2021

Stability, 9:30am -11am

*Enrollment Deadline- Noon Jan 6*

$50 + Shipping

One day- Explore the forces that affect stability in the water. Use your math skills to calculate a route across a body of water, determine weight requirements, and build a vessel that will carry your precious cargo to its new home.

February 16, 2021

Our Solar System, 9:00am -10:30am

*Enrollment Deadline- Jan 31*

$50 + Shipping

Grades 6-8

January 18, 2021

Oil Spill Clean Up, 9:30am -11am

*Enrollment Deadline- Noon Jan 6*

$50 + Shipping

One day- Explore the effects of Oil Spills on our environment. Work with teammates as Environmental Engineers to develop a containment and recovery system with the materials at hand.

February 16, 2021

Navigating By The Stars, 11:00am -12:30pm

*Enrollment Deadline- Jan 31*

$50 + Shipping

This material is based in part upon work supported by NASA through the Alaska Space Grant program (80NSSC20M0070).

Additional dates may be added through out the school year and themes are subject to change. Please contact us if you need further information.

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Classes Designed for Home Learners

Worried about teaching science?  Let Challenger teach it for you! Our STEAM Ahead (science, technology, engineering, aviation and math) program is an in-center homeschool program that covers  various age grades. 

We heard you! The needs of our homeschool parents are very important to us and we want to help! We’ve taken into account a lot of great suggestions and have developed a new format this year! Thank you for your continued support in letting Challenger be apart of your child’s learning experience! 

K/PreK

If you are looking for a program for your 4 or 5 year old, let us know!

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2021 Spring STEAM AHEAD

These sessions are days for homeschoolers or interested home learners, to attend in the Challenger Learning Center. Each week’s class has a new topic. The schedule of classes are provided for you to choose from in the button below.

  • Multiple Sessions available throughout the year
  • Each session is 9am – 11:30am
  • Grades 1-2, 3-5
  • $50 Each Session
  • We are a direct pay vendor of Connections and IDEA

Dates:

February 10

February 17

February 24

March 3

March 17

March 24

Sessions are subject to change due to facility needs. Please call if you have questions about changes leading up to a session.

If you prefer a paper form Download Here

Email to laura.mese@akchallenger.org

Virtual STEM Academy

Award winning, Alaska Meets Bermuda Virtual STEM Academy has come back for one week in October! 

This virtual academy allows for a cultural exchange aspect that integrates Alaska and Bermuda students. The collaboration would not only allow Bermuda and Alaskan students an opportunity to build on each other ideas but to share cultural and environmental experiences. Project topics range from navigation and stability, motion and energy, cultural comparisons, space, astronomy, meteorology and more!

Explore the wonders of physics, navigation, engineering and astronomy right from your homes! During this week, students will work together via ZOOM with a Challenger Flight Director. Camps will be 5 days long with classes 4 hours each day, including instructor time, team project time, presentations and down time to talk to the other students. The curriculum theme will focus on what it means to explore a return to the moon and what will be needed for humans to live there. Speakers from NASA will also make some guest appearances throughout the week! All materials needed to make the assignments will be provided. Alaska students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade and Bermuda students in M1, M2 and M3.

*Internet/Wifi connection and phone/tablet are required to participate 

Please pay attention to the deadline to enter.

A committee will review the entries and make selections within two days after the deadline.

Accepted applicants will be notified by phone and email.

 

“Return to the Moon, Mars and Beyond”
Alaskan 6-8th graders & Bermudian M1- M3 students
October 26th – 30th
4 hours a day, (AKST) 8am-12pm / (Bermuda Time) 1pm-5pm
Deadline to enter: October 12, 2020, 8am

 

Through the Bermuda Ministry of Education Bermuda students receive a full scholarship to attend.

Alaskan students: Please contact us, 907-283-2000, includes materials and shipping if needed.

Students will submit a video introducing themselves and explaining their interest in the camp. They must articulate in a creative, passionate way, why they should be chosen to attend the camp, their desire to participate and their commitment to completing the work. Videos should be kept to two minutes and students must clearly state their name and if they are from Alaska or Bermuda in the beginning of their video. Videos can be shot with a phone, tablet, computer or camera. Entries need to be uploaded with the link provided in the application form below.  

Camps have limited space and approvals are based on a Video submission entry. Fill Out a registration form for each child you wish to enter into the camp. You will be asked to specify the date you prefer in your application below. A detailed packet will be emailed to you regarding confirmation, instructions and camp details. **By filling out this form it is not guaranteeing your child a spot in the camp.  





    Video Submission Upload Here

    File Name

    Challenger Learning Center of Alaska

    907-283-2000

    Administrator: laura.mese@akchallenger.org

    Ministry of Bermuda 

    Attn: Jeane Nikolai or Patricia Deshields

    energy@gov.bm

    A program for your little ones! -Postponed- please call us for inquiries 

    Join Challenger Learning Center of Alaska to explore the world of the gross and goopy, things that go boom and things that roam about. Our Kindergarden through second grade programs will allow your Kindernauts to have fun with their friends, while working together on some out-of-this-world projects. One-week students may be making strange creations in the kitchen; the next playing with robots or exploring the stars in our Star Planetarium! EAch week will bring a new adventure just for them!

    K – 2nd Graders

    Thursdays September 24th – December 17th

    1pm – 2:30 pm

    At Challenger Learning Center of Alaska

    Space will be limited. 

    $35/Day, per child

    5% Discount for pre-paying for any 6 weeks

    5% Discount for families signing up more than 1 child

    If the embedded form does not show click ->  Online Pop Out Registration Form

    Have a group or class of students? Check our School Groups Programs

    We do parties too!

    Adults can have fun too! Retreats, team building, missions and more!