Onsite (Grades 4-12)

Imagine, Inspire, Explore … as you blast off into space for an out of this world experience unlike any other!

A visit to our Challenger Learning Center® on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV, provides a unique learning experience that seeks to engage and inspire young minds through the excitement of space exploration. Participants are transformed into astronauts, scientists, engineers, and researchers working together to “Return to the Moon. The mission control crew directs the activities of the astronauts onboard the spacecraft—navigating, maintaining critical life support systems, communicating, and solving emergencies. Through the pretext of space exploration, our missions also incorporate the life skills of cooperation, communication, critical thinking, and problem solving as we seek to turn students’ momentary successes into life-changing lessons.The adventure awaits your crew here at the Challenger Learning Center. Book a mission today and extend the learning beyond the boundaries of your classroom!

Micronauts (Grades K-3)

With the addition of the Micronauts program, our Challenger Learning Center has opened its airlock doors to space adventures for students in grades K-3. With their natural curiosity and excitement about space and space travel, these students are the perfect age for an awe-inspiring learning experience. Students begin their mission in our planetarium as we travel 230 miles above Earth to the International Space Station As we dock with the space station, students step inside our one-of-a-kind Micronauts simulator. There they become astronauts and scientists for the day as they conduct a series of innovative, standards-based, hands-on activities and experiments. This endeavor challenges students to learn principals of science, math, engineering, and important early messages about cooperation and problem solving—all while having fun! The Micronauts program is a unique opportunity designed to provide you and your students an unforgettable encounter with space, science, and technology. Book a mission here.


 Distance Learning (Grades K-12)

Crew of Challenger STS-51-L

Hover over or tap any of the images below to learn about the Challenger astronauts.

Francis R. “Dick” Scobee
Dick Scobee was born May 19, 1939, in Cle Elum, WA. After high school he enlisted in the Air Force and was eventually stationed at Kelly Air Force Base in Texas. While there he attended night school to earn college credit and eventually graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering. After a tour of duty in Vietnam, Scobee returned to the United States and attended the USAF Aerospace Research Pilot School. He was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1978 and later qualified as a pilot for future space shuttle flight crews. He first went to space in 1984, serving as pilot and second in command of the Challenger STS 41-C crew. He then was selected as commander of the Challenger STS 51-L crew. During his career he logged more than 7,000 hours flying time in 45 types of aircrafts. This total includes 168 hours in space. His hobbies included flying, oil painting, motorcycling, and many outdoor sports. He was survived his wife, June, and their two children, Kathie Scobee Fulgham and Richard Scobee.

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