Challenger Learning Center sparks student interest in ‘final frontier’

Zia Kelly and Trevor Ferguson

For nearly 30 years, Challenger Learning Center has been providing education and simulated experience of space travel to individuals in the greater St Louis area. Students can attend a variety of programs, ranging from elementary programs to simulated exploration for high school students. Individuals from all across the Midwest come to get the Challenger experience.

The Ferguson facility is one of 45 different Challenger locations across the globe. The program was established in light of the deaths of the seven astronauts on the Challenger spacecraft in 1986, and was created with the intention of kindling the scientific interest of later generations.

Run by director Tasmyne Front, the institution is hosting a plethora of summer camps with activities including ground control and spacecraft simulation, robotics, aerospace engineering and many more.