” Our 5th graders from Shaw Elementary in Wasilla visited for an overnight camp at CLCA and it was AMAZING! The minute we walked into the building they were swept away into their mission. It was so exciting seeing the kids jump right into collaborative working and problem solving. The CLCA was beautiful! Mission Control, the Shuttle room, and dorms were literally out of this world! Thank you for the great experience for our kiddos! “

Maija Fritts, April 20, 2019

Maija Fritts

“I used to go here for camps and fun activities as a kid! Currently I’m pursuing my Aerospace Engineering, Astronautics degree. I couldn’t be more grateful for all the fun things I got to do that helped inspire me to get me where I am today. I think back on the old memories and can’t help but smile ☺️”

-Alise Arnold, September 12, 2019

Alise Arnold, Former Student

“Thank you so much for providing my students with an amazing educational experience!  They had so much fun.  I look forward to visiting again.”

Ms. Crystal McMillan, Fairview Elementary Teacher

“I’ve been through this type of training (HUET training with CSET) six or seven times over the years- this was the best due to the quality instructors, helpers, ect., being allowed extra practice and coaching.”

John Minge, President of BP Exploration (Alaska)

“The many effective workshops, camps, and missions offered by the Challenger Center are not, however, it’s true magic.  Instead, CLCA’s greatest strength lies in its unique ability to inspire.  For students growing up in Alaska, where opportunity often seems far away, a class or mission with the Challenger Center brings the wonder of spaceflight within reach.”

Tess Caswell, former Challenger student and NASA Flight Controller for the International Space Station

“The CLCA hands on simulation experience make a demonstrated impact on students, possibly more so than any other experience in students’ STEM exposures.  Essentially, here is an organization with a proven track record of inspiring students to seek out STEM careers, offering to provide exciting STEM education to Alaska’s youth.”

Steve Atwater, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for K12 Outreach Education, UAF