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When students walk into a Challenger Learning Center they are transported to a cutting edge Mission Control room and a high-tech Space Station. Whether the mission is flying to the Moon, intercepting a comet, visiting Mars or studying the Earth from the International Space Station, students experience an engaging, dynamic, simulated learning environment.
As a leader in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, Challenger Center and its worldwide network of Challenger Learning Centers use space-themed simulated learning environments to engage students in dynamic, hands-on opportunities. These experiences strengthen knowledge in STEM subjects and inspire students to pursue careers in these important fields. While seeing classroom lessons brought to life, students cultivate important 21st century skills like problem solving, critical thinking, communication and team work.
Surrounded by technology, each student plays a unique role in the mission as the team completes assignments, manipulates hands-on labs and copes with simulated emergencies. Teamwork is crucial, if one member fails to complete a job, the entire mission can be put at risk. This differentiated approach allows for a truly personalized learning experience where students apply critical, scientific knowledge to real-world scenarios.
The Challenger Learning Center of Minnesota has been accepted to join the global network that reaches hundreds of thousands of students and tens of thousands of teachers each year. We are currently in the fundraising stage as we work towards our goal of bringing a world-class STEM education center to Minnesota, specifically the metropolitan area. The center will offer programs and projects designed for families, teachers and industry. Family programs will be tailored to be enjoyed and educational for the entire family. Teacher programs will have a dual purpose of tools and framework in which to teach STEM-type courses and courses by which to earn additional credits for continuing education. Industry programs will be tailored so that the Challenger facilities, curriculum and specialized training systems will be available for their specific training and educational needs.
It’s important to reach students early on. Expose them to ideas and engage them in experiences that they cannot get anywhere else, lighting a spark and providing a foundation for continuing STEM education. The Challenger Learning Center of Minnesota will not only serve middle school students, but students in grades Kindergarten through High School with supplementary programs, camps and scout missions.