News & Events

Read the latest news about the Challenger Learning Center alongside updates on our upcoming and recent events.

News & Events

We offer space mission simulations for students from kindergarten through high school. Missions are broken down by recommended age and grades below.

Challenger Learning Center’s Response to COVID-19

As the list of schools, attractions, and businesses continues to grow, we wanted to make you aware of how the Challenger Learning Center is handling the COVID-19 Virus.   As mentioned in earlier communications, the Challenger Learning Center follows the...

Why STEM Day Shouldn’t be Celebrated

By Tasmyn Scarl Front Today is National STEM day, which is a day set aside to inspire people, especially young people, to explore and engage in science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities. As I was figuring out how to “pooh-pooh” it (because, after all,...

It Takes a Community

We are so fortunate to be located in Ferguson where are are surrounded by several prominent companies and foundations that are invested in our community and our future generation of innovators. The heart of the Challenger Learning Center’s programs are simulated space...

Inspiring Teacher Awards

Each year, in honor of the seven astronauts who were lost during the 1986 Challenger space shuttle mission, the Challenger Learning Center recognizes seven teachers in the St. Louis area who have inspired their current or former students to pursue a STEM career or pathway.

If you had an influential teacher who inspired you to pursue a STEM career or pathway, nominate them by November 1 for Challenger Learning Center’s Inspiring Teacher Award.

Award recipients and nominators will be recognized at a reception held at the Challenger Learning Center on January 30, 2020. Tickets and registration opens in December 2019.

Event sponsors:

Emerson
Boeing

2020 Keynote Speaker Announced

Nicole Adewale, Principal/Director of Business Development of ABNA, has been selected to be the keynote speaker for the 2020 Inspiring Teacher Awards event on January 30, 2020.

As a co-founder of ABNA, Nicole is highly involved in the day to day running of AABNA; which has grown from its humble beginnings as a two person firm, to more than 70 professionals across three offices, performing work in more than 13 states. Nicole began her career at the Illinois Department of Transportation, IDOT, where she was a resident engineer for major roadway and bridge construction projects. Nicole earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a certified LEED® AP and is currently pursuing an Urban Affairs degree at Harris Stowe State University.

2019 Award Recipients

Rita Beard

Rita Beard

Central Elementary School

nominated by: Heather Robinett

Jodie Fowler

Jodie Fowler

Lafayette High School

nominated by: Natalie Phelps

Albert Harrold

Albert Harrold

McCluer South-Berkeley High School

nominated by: Chayla Graham and Tiffany Campbell    

Missy Kelly

Missy Kelly

Warren Elementary School

 nominated by: Jordan Banze

Anissa Parisi

Anissa Parisi

Carr Lane Middle School

nominated by: Geralle Powell  

Gloria Patterson

Gloria Patterson

Jennings Middle School

nominated by: Jerome Lewis

Pamela Phelps

Pamela Phelps

Oswego High School

nominated by: Alissa Cullen

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