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Our immersive space mission simulations and discovery workshops take place at the Challenger Learning Center. Other programs, including our portable planetarium and classroom-based activities, can come to your school.

Virtual Missions and Remote Programming

Ground Control Virtual Missions

Your students will serve as scientists and engineers at Ground Control, helping astronauts to launch a probe to learn more about our solar system.
Time: 1 hour
Note: to have a better virtual experience, missions will be limited to 15 students per mission. A second one-hour mission will be provided at no additional cost to accommodate larger classes.
Mission Options:
Grades 1-2: Ground Control to Mars Level 1
Grades 3-5: Ground Control to Mars Level 2; Ground Control to Moon Level 2
Grades 6-8: Ground Control to Moon Level 3; Ground Control to Europa; Ground Control to Mars Level 3 (coming soon)
Requirements: One internet-accessible device per student. Zoom recommended; other conferencing software can be accommodated. Program is designed for distance learning, but available to students in-class as well.

Remote Rocket Workshop

Challenger will provide rubber-band rocket kits for you to distribute to each of your students. A Challenger educator will meet virtually with your class to lead them through rocket assembly and the engineering design process. Pairs well with larger classes doing Ground Control missions.
Time: 1 hour
Note: Note: to have a better virtual experience, workshops will be limited to 15 students per workshop unless all students are physically in class with a teacher. A second one-hour workshop will be provided at no additional cost to accommodate larger classes.
Grades: 3-8
Requirements: Student access to internet-accessible device with conferencing software such as Zoom. Teacher must be able to distribute kits to students.

Custom Kits and Programming

Now more than ever, every situation is unique! Contact us at to discuss other options including class sets of maker kits, programs for younger students, week-long Ground Control Camp experiences, and more.

 Space Mission Simulations

To support social distancing, the Challenger Learning Center’s physical simulator is currently closed. Read on to learn the exciting things we can do for your group once we reopen. Note that we only serve one school group at a time, so once we’re back up and running, you can bring your students on a field trip without exposing them to the public.

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

Junior Astronaut Programs (Ages 6 to 10)

Junior Astronauts is a two-part program that includes a simulated space mission and a rocket-building workshop, each one hour long.

Space Station Odyssey

Travel to the International Space Station to investigate a mysterious object. Recommended for grades 1-5.

Mars Pioneers

Embark on a manned mission to Mars and conduct research along the way. Recommended for grades 4-5.

Destination Moon

Journey to the Moon, and build and launch a satellite to search for water. Recommended for grades 3-5.

Ages 11 and Up

Full space missions are ideal for students ages 11 or older. Each mission is two hours and can accommodate up to 30 participants. You can read the full description of all missions on our Space Missions page.

Lunar Quest

To sustain human life on the Moon, teams must find resources and avoid disasters.
Recommended for grades 7 and up.

Expedition Mars

Astronauts and engineers collaborate to search for life on Mars—and keep their own lives safe in the process.
Recommended for grades 6 and up.

Rendezvous With A Comet

Scientists and engineers must locate a fast-moving comet and then build and launch a critical probe to intercept it.
Recommended for grades 5 and up.

Discovery Workshops

For ages 11 and up. Discovery Workshops are 2-hour engineering challenges designed to accompany space missions and provide a full-day experience for students. 

The Great Rocket Design Challenge

Student teams will play the role of rocket design companies vying for a $10 billion contract. After a brief tutorial about rocket parts and their functions, students will work cooperatively using math, writing, design engineering, and interpersonal skills to design, construct, and test paper rockets that launch on a high-powered air launcher.

Cost: $225 per group (maximum 32 participants)

Wind Turbine Design Challenge

This design workshop will challenge your students to create the most effective wind turbine blades to harness the most energy. Students will work in teams to design, build, and test their blades and then compare their results with those of the other teams. The workshop will also include a discussion about the importance of developing alternative energy sources and how a wind turbine works.

Cost: $225 per group (maximum 32 participants)

Ready to book your class trip to space?

Are you an educator? Give us a call at (314) 521-6205.