Challenger Learning Center

Inspire, Explore, Learn... It's Our Mission

Explore a number of missions and programs available to you.

Experience a Solar Eclipse
Monday, August 21, 2017 12:30-1:30
ACEC 2400 (Right above the Challenger Learning Center)
Free (Registration prior to the event strongly encouraged)

Here at Heartland Community College you will see 93% obscuration that will last a few minutes.  Find out how and why eclipses take place through engaging, hands-on activities.  Then, put on your provided solar eclipse glasses and head outside to soak up some sun (or lack of sun) and watch the eclipse. WARNING: At no time during the eclipse will it be safe to look directly at the sun.  Solar eclipse glasses should be worn at all times while observing the eclipse on campus.

Click here to register.

Are you ready for the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse? With a donation of $10.00 you can receive your copy of The Great Eclipse. This booklet, written specifically for Illinois, includes information about the eclipse itself, including its path across the United States, pre-eclipse activities, and what to prepare for the day of the eclipse. Each copy includes a pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses. To place your order click here.

Astronomy clubs and science organizations, email or call 309.268.8700, for discounted pricing.


Experience a Space Mission

Develop skills and gain new experiences with a simulated space mission. We offer programs for K-4th, 5th-8th, 9-12th, and colleges/universities.  We can even customize a mission for your group, organization, or business.

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Develop Professional Skills

Improve your interpersonal and communication skills while working through a team building exercise for your business or organization.  Earn CEUs and gain content knowledge to use in your classroom.

Explore Your Options

Learn Something New

Engage in dynamic, hands-on exploration and discovery opportunities through one of our many program offerings.  Enroll in a public program, reserve a birthday party, or schedule a tour, presentation or scout workshop.

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Learn About Our Partners

The Challenger Learning Center partners with a variety of organizations to provide STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) based missions and programs.


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