The Challenger Learning Center, in partnership with the School city of East Chicago and the Northwest Indiana Educational Service Center, through a grant received from the Foundations of East Chicago are collaborating to promote science and literacy on voyage to Mars. This collaboration proposes to improve the ability of East Chicago 6th grade educators to educate, inspire and engage their students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields through problem-based learning modules that are technology based, integrate science and literacy and prepare students for a voyage to Mars at Challenger. Challenger Learning Center uses science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to engage visitors of all ages.


Field trips are wonderful opportunities for students and their teachers to take learning out of the traditional classroom setting and move it into new, exciting and inspirational locations.  For some students, a field trip with their class will take them to a place that they might never visit during outside of school.  For many students, it’s an opportunity to see that learning isn’t just about being in a classroom – learning can take place anywhere and at any time.

A field trip at the Challenger Learning Center takes the traditional field trip to the next level.  It’s not about walking through an exhibit – looking and reading static information. It’s about becoming part of the experience – being assigned to a job, working as a team, communicating, problem solving and applying math, language, science and technology skills to completing a high energy and exciting task.


The Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana provides programs for preschool students to adults.  All of its programs integrate the excitement of space exploration with the fun of educational simulations. Its School programs are all standards based and developed by subject matter experts and teachers who understand the importance of promoting 21st Century Learning Skills and preparing an inspired and engaged group of future leaders, workers and thinkers.


Take a look at Challenger Learning Center programs to see what will work for you and your students.  Wouldn’t it be great to hear your students say what we’ve heard countless students say?  “This was the best field trip ever!”


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