Challenger Missions for Scouts and Community Organizations
Now scouts can experience the thrill of being an astronaut while fostering teamwork skills with fellow scouts! Inside the Challenger Learning Center, groups become crew members on an exciting simulated space mission using a realistic mock-up of a Mission Control Center and Space Station. Please note, the badge is not supplied as part of this workshop.
Challenger missions are appropriate for ages 8 and up. A minimum of 16 participants is required to effectively run a mission. The maximum number of participants is 32. We encourage partnering with other groups if you cannot meet the minimum. Please note one adult chaperone is required per 8 scouts.
Workshop missions can be booked for Saturdays or Sundays. Programs should be booked at least one month in advance. Please have two dates in mind when you call. Scouts are encouraged to bring a snack!
$20 per scout
To register, call Client Services at (619) 238-1233, ext. 806.
For additional information on badge programs, click here.
3rd Grade Mission
Join our Flight Directors for a unique mission simulation. Third Grade Missions include an excursion on the International Space Station and an exploration of physical science and technology. As part of an elite team of scientists, engineers & mathematicians third-grade students learn about the electromagnetic spectrum and how best to protect our astronauts from the devastating effects of radiation in space.
4th Grade Mission
Our Flight Directors will lead you through a special mission simulation. Fourth Grade Missions include an excursion on the International Space Station and an exploration of physical science and technology. As part of an elite team of scientists, engineers & mathematicians fourth-grade students learn about the roles of electromagnets in engineering and space exploration.
Book your mission today and explore the wonders of our universe!
Return to the Moon
Grades 5 and up
The year is 2020, and for the first time since Apollo 17 in 1972, your crew of astronauts is traveling to the Moon. Their goals are to establish a permanent base to make further lunar observations, study the feasibility of creating a self-sustaining lunar settlement, and serve as a stepping stone for future manned planetary exploration. Navigating their way into lunar orbit, your group will:
- Launch a probe to deliver equipment to the Moon’s surface
- Analyze data to select a landing site for the S.S Phoenix Spacecraft
- Calculate the thrust needed to leave Earth’s orbit and enter lunar orbit
- Understand the gravitational attraction of the Moon to Earth
- Conduct investigations and make observations using scientific tools
- Understand lunar topography
Book your mission today and learn more about the mysteries of Earth's closest neighbor.
Voyage to Mars
Grades 5 and up
Voyage to Mars in the year 2076 to replace a crew working at Chryse Station – a permanent research base on the Martian surface. In addition to continuing research of the exciting planet, students calculate trajectories for entering and exiting Martian orbit and launch two probes to the Martian moons of Phobos and Deimos. During the course of their mission students will view stunning video images of some of the more famous geographic features of Mars. Students will also:
- Weigh components needed to build a probe and calculate its mass
- Record the vital signs of other astronauts on board the space craft
- Determine the nutritional value of foods available on the space craft
- Explore the planetary geology of Mars and its fascinating features
- Understand theories of the existence on the Martian moons
- Compare and contrast the location of Earth and Mars
Book your mission today to learn more about the mysterious red planet.
Youth Groups & Community Organizations
Youth groups and community organizations can also experience the thrill of space flight in the Nierman Challenger Learning Center. Missions are 2 hours in length and cost $425 per mission. There is a minimum of 16 participants and a maximum of 36. One adult chaperone is required per 8 youth. Programs should be booked at least one month in advance. Please have two possible dates in mind when you call.