Training Sessions & Workshops

Challenger Learning Center Professional Development Sessions

The key to a successful student program begins with teacher training. Professional Development sessions are offered for all programs and will provide educators with resources and insight into Challenger programs and content. Take a look below to see if there’s a session for you. Feel free to call us with any questions (219) 989-3250.

MISSION SCENARIO TRAINING (required for new teachers)

All “mission teachers" are required to complete a training session prior to bringing students to Challenger to fly an Earth, Moon, Mars or Comet mission. This training will provide you with educational activities that you can use in your classroom to prepare your students and ensure a successful experience. The following teacher training is available:

Mission Simulation New Teacher Training - Voyage to Mars, Return to the Moon, Rendezvous with a Comet

Tuesday, September 27th

 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Fee: Free with scheduled mission

Register through our events page or by calling (219) 989-3250

New! Earth Odyssey Mission Scenario Training (required for new teachers)

Our newest mission, Earth Odyssey, has an exciting and relevant storyline. Ideal for students in grades 7 –  9, this mission was developed in collaboration with NASA and NOAA and meets multiple science standards. This workshop will provide Earth mission teachers with a mission experience of their own and lessons that can be used to prepare a crew of Earth scientists ready to meet the challenges of the simulation.

Earth Odyssey Mission Simulation Training

Call to schedule.

Fee: Free with booked Earth Odyssey Mission

Solar Eclipse 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017 will take place on August 21st across the entire US! Although northwest Indiana is not in the path of totality, we will still see a partial solar eclipse and have a chance to excite our students about astronomy and the workings of our solar system. Teachers will receive eclipse information, standards-based viewing activities and safety tips, to ensure a safe and educational viewing of this rare astronomical event. This session will assist educators of all ages in hosting a viewing party that will kick off the new school year just right!

*The first 20 educators to register will receive 25 eclipse viewers at no charge.

Hosting a Classroom Eclipse Event Workshop

May 16, 2017

Primary Classrooms - 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Intermediate Classrooms - 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Fee: $15

Registration Opens February 1st.

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This distance learning program can be done from the convenience of your school with the benefits of a simulated mission. Try out the eMission program for yourself and see how this program can bring your classroom to life!


Fee: Free with booked eMission: Moon, Mars and Beyond Program

Call (219) 989-3250 to register for an upcoming workshop.