Photo courtesy of Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis
This fall the Challenger Learning Center in Ferguson is celebrating 10 years of helping kids explore space and engineering. Several special events have been planned throughout the next few months to celebrate, including family workshops.
"The Challenger Learning Center provides innovative, hands-on, engaging ways to experience science- and engineering-related activities in a fun and unique environment," said Tasmyn Scarl Front, director of the center. Specifically, the center offers simulated space missions, science education and team-building programs. More than 100,000 people have completed programs at the center since it opened its doors, Front said, and more than 80,000 of those are students.
While the center is primarily used by school and other groups, families can sign up for public missions. And, in celebration of their 10th anniversary, the center will offer 11 family workshops throughout the year on topics like rockets, robots and remote control model airplanes. Prices vary based on the workshop and details available on the Challenger Learning Center website.
Plus, families can visit the center during its 10-Year Anniversary Celebration Day on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. you can participate in space mission samplers, rocket-building and launching activities, planetarium programs and more. The event is free.
What's on tap for the next 10 years? The center plans to significantly upgrade its hardware and software programs, Front said. They'll also be working on ways to serve more students outside of the immediate metro St. Louis area using distance learning programs, she said. And, Front said, families can expect additional family activities at the center.