Challenger Learning Center History

Challenger STS 51-L Crew


















  National History




As a leader in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
education, Challenger Center and its international network of more

than 40 Challenger Learning Centers use space-themed simulated

learning environments to engage students in dynamic, hands-on

opportunties.  These experiences strengthen knowledge in STEM

subjects and inspire students to pursue careers in these important

fields.  The Challenger Learning Center at Paducah is part of the

global network that reaches hundreds of thousands of students

and tens of thousands of teachers each year.  Founded in 1986,

Challenger Center was created to honor the crew of shuttle flight

STS-51L.  To learn more visit








 Local History

 The Challenger Learning Center at Paducah is a result of a partnership between Paducah

 Junior College, Inc. and West Kentucky Community and Technical College.  With strong

 financial support from federal and state government as well as members of the local

 community, ground was broken for the construction of the CLC in April of 2001.  The

 Challenger Learning Center at Paducah officially opened on August 16, 2002, as the 44th

 member of the national Challenger Center for Space Science Education network.  Since the

 inaugural mission, Rendezvous With a Comet™ on September 16, 2002, the Challenger

 Learning Center at Paducah has flown over 2,000 missions and added programming such as

 summer camps, scouting workshops, after school programs and professional development

 for area teachers.  The center celebrated its 10th anniversary in August 2012.
























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