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 facility for field trips and more. From our famous simulated space missions to hands-on workshops, labs, summer camps and planetarium experiences, we offer unique learning opportunities for children of all ages as well as STEM resources and curricula for their teachers.
Our flagship missions give middle-school students a glimpse into the future, as they try their hand at a day in the life of a scientist, engineer, researcher and more on a simulated space mission. With the careers in these fields at the forefront of our highly technical future, we know that experiences like these are effective in guiding future study and career choices.
Not a kid? Our corporate mission will challenge your team to use their problem solving, teamwork and communication skills to complete a fun and interactive space mission!
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.
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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