Challenger Learning Center

What is the Challenger Learning Center?


Do you have what it takes to be part of a space mission? –Experience the thrill of being a part of an exploratory mission crew at Discovery’s Challenger Learning Center, a mock mission control and spacecraft environment.

ChallengerToggle5As astronauts aboard a space station and scientists manning stations in Mission Control, young learners are launched into an immersive experience through simulated space missions at The Challenger Learning Center.  Working together to accomplish their mission goals, participants must collaborate, communicate, and arrive at solutions to issues designed to simulate real problems encountered in space flight.

ChallengerToggle7The Discovery Museum is home to Connecticut’s only Challenger Learning Center, which was recently upgraded through extensive renovations. Our center is part of an internationally-acclaimed network with sites in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and South Korea.

The Challenger Learning Center is a living testimony to the dream of the Challenger crew, and what would have been NASA’s first education-focused mission. When the crew of the Challenger space shuttle flight 51-L perished in 1986, they were on a pioneering mission to extend the boundaries of human knowledge.

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Please call (203) 372-3521 ext. 117 for pricing and booking information.

The Challenger Learning Center experience is ideal for students in grades 5 – 12. Each mission is comprised of a crew having a minimum of 14 and a maximum of 28 participants, not including 2 to 4 adults. School missions may be run twice each day: 9:00-11:00 am and 12:00-2:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

ChallengerGlovesToggle6Missions will also be run after school hours upon request for other groups such as youth groups, scout groups, etc. The cost of each mission includes teacher training, pre- and post-visit materials, admission to the museum, and the mission itself.

Teacher Preparation
Teachers may participate in a half-day in-service training program during which they participate in an actual mission and receive preparatory materials for classroom use before their scheduled class visit. These materials are specially designed to prepare the students for their mission and include skill-building activities in the areas of teamwork and communication.

Materials are also provided to help the students understand the thematic topic of their mission. Back at the classroom, teachers have the students fill out job applications and each student is assigned to one of the eight teams that comprise the crew. Students prepare for the mission as well as their individual job assignments, just like the astronauts in NASA.

For more information, please contact Robin Keller at 203.372.3521 Ext. 117

Calling all Astronauts! Fly a simulated mission to the moon in our newly renovated Challenger Learning Center. You and your guests will be transported to the year 2040 and experience what it’s like to work in a Mission Control orbiting the Earth and on our Spacecraft which will, if we are successful, land on the moon. Embark on an adventure unlike any other where failure is not an option!

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Provide an unforgettable team-building experience for your Troop! This dynamic experience teaches and reinforces: science content, collaboration, and creative problem solving. Minimum of 14 participants required. Maximum of 28. Moon mission is recommended for Webelos, and Mars mission is recommended for Boy Scouts.

All scouts will receive a Discovery Museum patch upon completion of a mission.

Please call Sarah Tropp at (203) 372-3521 x114 for more information.

Take your team to outer space and probe the boundaries of communication and collaboration with the ultimate stress test!

If you are looking for a unique and fun way to boost morale, explore collaborative problem solving, and break away from your company’s daily routine, the Challenger Learning Center offers the perfect team building environment for you.

Members of your team will act as crew members, scientists, and engineers aboard a simulated space mission – split between our newly renovated space station lab and mission control room. Missions are tailored to meet the specific needs of your group.

For more information, please contact Erika Eng at 203.372.3521 Ext. 130