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 curriculum 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:


Thank you so, so much to those who gave on #GivingTuesday!  We appreciate you making this day special and being a part of the adventure with us. All the students, families, educators, and staff are truly grateful to all of our supporters and partners for their generosity.  Just $1 or 1 hour of service can bring about a world of change! 

Be sure to share your memories of Challenger NWI or your reasons for giving on social media. Tag us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with @ChallengerNWI, and use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to be a part of the global day of giving.  We are truly grateful to all of our supporters and partners for their generosity! Just $1 or 1 hour of service can bring about a world of change!


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