Curiosity and exploration walk hand-in-hand at our learning center!
The Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana is Chicagoland's premiere Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education location! Our simulated space missions, hands-on workshops, labs, summer camps and planetarium experiences offer unique learning opportunities for children of all ages.
It's not just for kids, though...we even offer a corporate team building mission that will have your group attempting to solve an engineering problem that puts your mission in jeopardy if it isn't figured out in time!
Our STEM programs make math, science, technology and engineering a blast. Kids have so much fun, they won't even realize there is learning happening! There are many ways to have a Challenger Learning Center experience. Click on the photos below for more information about our different program options:
When students walk into a Challenger Learning Center, they are transported to a cutting-edge Mission Control room and a high-tech Space Station simulator. Whether the mission is flying to the Moon, intercepting a comet, visiting Mars or studying the Earth from the International Space Station, it’s an unforgettable learning experience they’re sure to talk about for years to come!
Learn more about our space missions here
Calling all Scouts! Cub and Boy Scouts can earn specific electives right here at Challenger Learning Center. Girl Scouts from Daisies to Cadettes can earn Skill Building Badges related to their Journeys as they have hands-on fun in our Science Lab. Click on the link for information about our offered programs.
Click here to see our Scouting opportunities.
It's STEM programming for our youngest learners! Preschoolers will enjoy a Planetarium show featuring Big Bird and Elmo, then work with a talented Challenger Flight Director to do hands-on activities that reinforce concepts about orbits, planets and constellations!
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We hear so many of our adult guests say, “I wish I could have done this when I was a kid!” We couldn’t agree more!
Although we don’t have a time machine, we can give you a chance to try out a space mission as an adult. Our Date Night events are a perfect bonding opportunity! See if you and your partner have "The Right Stuff" as you fly to the Moon for our annual Valentine's Day event.
Bring your space explorers to experience the magic of the night sky as well as a variety of entertaining and educational shows under the dazzling display of the Robert H. Rivers Planetarium. Our 40-seat, full-dome theater has show options for groups of all ages. Check out our laser shows which are highly entertaining and energizing, featuring music for all kinds of tastes (U2, Led Zeppelin, Justin Bieber) set to a visual treat for your eyes.
Reserve your show online here