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 -TBD

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: (Topics TBD)

October 13

October 20

October 27

November 3

November 10

November 17

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

 

 

         From Alaska to Bermuda

          STEM Academies

                         Contact Us

Starting in 2019, Challenger Learning Center of Alaska has enjoyed working with the Bermuda Ministry of Home Affairs to conduct multiple summer STEM Academies with students from Bermuda and Alaska together! In previous years Challenger has gone to Bermuda to deliver the camp and held it virtually, to middle school students. This program allows Challenger the opportunity to expand our mission to include other cultures in educating the workforce of tomorrow through a stimulating, hands-on, STEM curriculum.

The potential for 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 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, coding, space, astronomy, meteorology, and more!

Summer 2020, Challenger received an Arthur C. Clark Award for Innovation in Education for the virtual Alaska meets Bermuda camp.  To read more visit the press release here. 

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.

August 16 – 20, 2021
“Return to the Moon, Mars, and Beyond”
Alaskan 6 – 8th graders & Bermudian M1- M3 students
 
4 hours a day, (AST) 8am – 12pm / (Bermuda Time) 1pm – 5pm
Deadline to enter: August 11

Explore the wonders of physics, navigation, engineering, and astronomy right from your homes! During this week, Alaskan and Bermudian 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 downtime to talk to the other students. The curriculum theme will focus on the latest NASA drive to establish a permanent, manned research station on the Moon, and to expand mankind’s presence to Mars and beyond. Projects will entail revealing and solving challenges in colonizing other planets and continued deep-space exploration.  Guest speakers from NASA will also make 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.

Space is limited! Only 8 Bermuda spots and 8 Alaska spots available!
*Internet/Wifi connection and phone/tablet are required to participate 

Bermudians: Bermuda Department of Energy is offering full scholarships to 8 Bermuda Students.

Alaskans: Free

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 at 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 preferred, or a written statement from the student in the comments section. 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 Upload

Visit this link to upload your child’s video entry!

UPLOAD


 

Challenger Learning Center of Alaska

907-283-2000

Administrator: laura.mese@akchallenger.org

Bermuda Ministry of Home Affairs

Jeane Nikolai

jnikolai@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!