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. We are a direct payment vendor for most homeschool affiliations and you can apply our program hours to your students’ semester credits.

Programs are offered throughout the year, with changing themes. Make sure to check back to keep up to date with new offerings. If you can not make a scheduled open enrollment program, you can also create your own group and call us to schedule a custom program for you, virtual or in-house! We have STEM workshops, Classroom Adventures, virtual workshops, simulated missions, and virtual missions. Head over to our schools & groups program page to see possible options. Ask us or your homeschool representative to help you get a group together.

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

What: 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 appreciated, to https://chkpen.org/event/challenger-center-meet-and-greet/

Pick a Program to see details:
  • STEAM AHEAD HOMESCHOOL
  • VIRTUAL PROGRAMS
  • VIRTUAL ALASKA MEETS BERMUDA

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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. 
Thank you for your continued support in letting Challenger be a part of your child’s learning experience! The curriculum aligns with state standards and grade-level expectations. This means you can apply our program hours to your students’ semester credits! Programs are offered throughout the year, with changing themes. Also, check the tabs to the left to see different program options including virtual!

K/PreK

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

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2022 STEAM AHEAD -Minicamp

  • We are a direct pay vendor of majority of homeschool vendors like Connections and IDEA

February 7-11, 2022, 12pm-2pm
1st – 4th Grade, *Spots Limited*
Animals, Rockets, and Stars, OH MY!
Join us as we explore STEM here on Earth and across the Universe! Each day is a stand-alone session, so feel free to join us for some or all the fun. Each session is $45 or join us for all 5 for $200!
February 7: Animal Adaptations
February 8: Simple Machines
February 9: Solar System
February 10: Astronomy
February 11: Rocketry

Register

February 7-11, 2022, 12pm-2pm
5th – 8th Grade *Spots Limited*
Adventures in Robotics
Automated systems are used every day for recreation and industry. From drones delivering supplies to robotic dogs to cars that drive themselves, and robotic health aids. The future is becoming increasingly focused on what machines can do for us. Join us for a week of exploring the basics of coding and robotics as teams program their Sphero BOLT to accomplish a variety of tasks. Each day of this camp will build on what we learned the day before as we progress through more involved activities with our robots.
$200 for the full week of camp

Register

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

February 7-11, 2022, 12pm-2pm
9th – 12th Grade *Spots Limited*
Survival Science
Fun in Alaska can come at a cost. Be prepared to succeed in a survival situation! Students will increase awareness and knowledge, the key to survival, by learning survival basics including navigation, avalanche safety, land and water survival, the science behind fire, and building personal survival kits. $250 for the full week of camp

Register

Coming Soon- Date TBD
Engineering Wonders
4 and 5 year-olds
Did you know that kids are natural-born engineers? It’s true and we want you to share your imagination and engineering skills with us! Join us as we learn about some of the things we will need to live on Mars and help us design and build a life-size Martian habitat for your team. 2 hours, $40

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Email to laura.mese@akchallenger.org

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

March 15, 2022 @ 1pm – 2pm

*Space is limited*

$25/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

March 16, 2022 @ 12:30pm – 2pm

*Space is limited*

$40/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.

 

 

         From Alaska to Bermuda

          STEM Academies

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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

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!