Challenger Center uses students’ enthusiasm for space to create innovative learning experiences for imaginative young minds. By transforming the way teachers teach and students learn, Challenger Center is creating a new generation of explorers.
The Challenger Learning Center of Northern Nevada (CLCNN) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization working with K-12 students and teachers in the Washoe County School District and throughout northern Nevada.
The CLCNN is overseen by a volunteer board of directors, including astrophysicists, former deans of the medical school, attorneys, accountants, engineers, and former NASA personnel from the Apollo through Space Shuttle Programs, including former president of the Desert Research Institute and NASA science officer James V. Taranik, Ph. D., current Director, Mackay School of Earth Sciences & Engineering, Regents Professor and Arthur Brant Chair of Geophysics.
Operating from a base at the National Automobile Museum in downtown Reno, our cadre of school-district, community-college and university instructors provide programs in science, technology, engineering, math, media and medical education workshops as well as full-dome planetarium shows to school and community groups.
Mission Control and Space Station simulator plus a new "Be The Astronaut" exhibit located at the National Automobile Museum in downtown Reno
Coming Soon! Challenger Voyage to Mars Mission (3 hours duration in Mission Control and Space Station simulators)
"Be the Astronaut" Exhibit: Visitors learn about the challenges and excitement of spaceflight -- then apply that knowledge as they fly the spaceships, pilot the landers, and drive the rovers, in a thrilling narrative adventure to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars, Ceres, and Jupiter.
Space Academy: (approx. 3 hours) Students work in pairs to rotate between different Space and Science-related kiosks, simulators and activities in our "Be the Astronaut" exhibit, as well as a visit inside our digital Planetarium dome and a screening of "Journey to Space," narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart, which takes a look at future space exploration opportunities.
Astronaut Academy: A screening of "Journey to Space" and an hour of guided rotations through our "Be the Astronaut" exhibit.
HOW!: Hands-On Workshops
Half-Day and Full-Day Versions of the Following Workshops for
9-12 High School Teams
Astronaut Adventure: Spacesuits, Living in Space and Virtual Astronaut Visit
Space Science, Life Science/Biology, History, Problem Solving
Adventures in GPS, Geocaching and Space Satellites
Geography, Science, Technology, Cooperation, Teamwork
Podnauts: The Art & Science of Making Movies & Podcasts
Language Arts, Media, Technology, Science
Introduction to Robotics: Designing and Building Your First Robot
Technology, Science, Computers, Teamwork, Problem Solving
Intro to Rocketry: Introduces concepts involved in rocketry and aerodynamics, followed by hands-on design and testing of air-powered straw rockets.
Contact Our Associate Flight Director, Jenny McFarlane, at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.