In the aftermath of the Space Shuttle Challenger accident, the crew’s families came together, firmly committed to the belief that they must carry on the spirit of their loved ones by continuing the Challenger crew’s educational mission. Their efforts resulted in the creation of Challenger Center.

When students walk into a Challenger Learning Center they are transported to a cutting edge Mission Control room and a high-tech Space Station. Whether the mission is flying to the Moon, intercepting a comet, visiting Mars, or studying the Earth from the International Space Station, students experience an engaging, dynamic, simulated learning environment.

Surrounded by technology, each student plays a unique role in the mission as the team completes assignments, manipulates hands-on labs, and copes with simulated emergencies. Teamwork is crucial, if one member fails to complete a job, the entire mission can be put at risk. This differentiated approach allows for a truly personalized learning experience where students apply critical, scientific knowledge to real-world scenarios.