Summer Camps

Challenger Summer Camps Are a Blast!

Challenger 2017 Summer Camps
Prepare for summer camp blast off!

When kids hear the word science, they may not automatically think fun...we’re here to change that! At Challenger Learning Center, we offer summer science experiences that will wow your kids while feeding their brains, too!

We offer a variety of options that are stimulating and age-appropriate. All camps are led by professional educators, giving your kids a safe, fun and thought-provoking experience. They’ll have so much fun they won’t even realize they're learning so many new things!

NOTE: When choosing a summer camp, schedule your child for the grade level that they will be entering in the fall.

 


Astro-Tot Space Explorer Camp (rising Kindergarten – 1st graders)

This camp gives incoming Kindergarten or first grade students a chance to learn about science basics while having fun. These Astro-Tots will explore topics like chemistry, biology and engineering, all in a quest to learn more about the amazing world around them!

Register for single sessions or for all 4 days--$25 per session or $85 for all four sessions (save $15)

Tuesdays from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

June 20th - Space Superstars - aeronautics, astronomy, & the history of space exploration

June 27th - Plant Power  -plant ecology, forestry

July 11th - Animals Around the World - wildlife biology, conservation, geography

July 18th - Atmosphere & Oceans - meteorology, oceanography, hydrology

 


Junior Rebel Training Camp (ages 7-9)

Campers will investigate explosions, lasers, holograms and intergalactic space travel as we take an in depth look at the science behind the famous saga.  Includes a take-home item!

 

2017 DATES (Choose from 2)

$60 per child

June 28th OR July 26th

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Underwater Astronaut Training Camp (ages 11-15)

Campers learn all about how astronauts become “spacewalk ready” by training in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL). Students will receive basic Scuba training from certified instructors, then test out their skills during underwater training exercises! Students must be medically fit to dive. Scuba gear will be provided.

July 31 and August 1, 2017

$160 per child for 2-day camp

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day

*NOTE: This camp requires a mandatory parent meeting on July 13 @ 6:30 p.m.


Rocketry (ages 10-14)

Campers study the science used for launching objects from the Earth into orbit and the rules of launching model rockets. They'll also participate in a model rocket launch and build their own hobby rocket to take home!

Includes a take-home rocket!

2017 DATES (Choose from 2)

$60 per child

June 20th OR July 18

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Engineering

Campers will explore the world of engineering through activities that mirror the engineering process of identifying a problem, designing a solution, building a prototype, testing and retesting.  A variety of equipment will be used to challenge campers- from robots to computers and more. 

 

$60 per child

Ages 6 - 9 - June 29th

Ages 10 -14 - June 22nd OR July 20th

Girls only - ages 6-12 - July 27th

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Robotics (ages 10-14)

This gripping camp will challenge children to explore robotic concepts, then use their engineering skills to build their own take-home robot. Circuits, exploring types of robots and a Robot Rover Challenge all make for a day of fun!

Includes a take-home robot!

2017 DATES (Choose from 2)

$60 per child

June 19th OR July 17th

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Rebel Training Camp (ages 10-12)

Campers will investigate explosions, lasers, holograms and intergalactic space travel as we take an in depth look at the science behind the famous saga!

Includes a take-home item!

2017 DATES (Choose from 2)

$60 per child

June 21st OR July 19th

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Journey to Mars (ages 6-9)

Mars: The focus of NASA's next major mission goal. What do we know about this neighboring planet? If we can figure out how to safely send humans to this desolate destination, could they survive and safely return to Earth? Campers will learn more about the Red Planet and the skills they would need to help humankind push the boundaries of space exploration and send the first crew of adventurers to this far off land.

June 27th OR July 25th

$60 per child

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 


Space Explorers (ages 6-9)

What does it take to be an astronaut? This camp session will review the skills that astronauts need to be successful - teamwork, problem solving and communication - through fun activities that will keep them moving and challenge their critical thinking skills!

June 26th OR July 24th

$60 per child

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Space Mission Training

These campers will be "astronauts in training" as they learn the skills and investigate the topics necessary to fly a space mission. This session ends with a live simulated mission in our Mission Control and Space Station simulators!

Choose one of two sessions:

June 23rd OR July 21st

$60 per child

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Junior CyberCamp (ages 9-11)

Campers will learn the basics about computers, cybersecurity and coding in this fun and exciting learning experience!  Hands-on activities will plant the seeds for critical digital skills while introducing campers to one of the most relevant topics society is facing today.

This session is being conducted in collaboration with Purdue University Northwest’s Department of Computer Information Technology and Graphics and will be held in the Powers Building Room 139 on the PNW Hammond campus.

*This is a beginner coding camp for students who have little to no experience with computer coding.

2017 DATES 

$60 per child

Friday, June 30th

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

CyberCamp (ages 12-15)

The Air Force Association CyberCamp program is designed to excite students about STEM career opportunities in cyber security and teach them important cyber defense skills through hands-on instruction and activities. Students will learn how to protect their personal devices and information from outside threats, as well as how to harden entire networks running Windows 7 and Ubuntu operating systems. This camp will culminate in an exciting final team competition that simulates real cyber security situations faced by industry professionals and mimics AFA’s CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

This session is being conducted in collaboration with Purdue University Northwest’s Department of Computer Information Technology and Graphics and will be held in the Powers Building Room 139 on the PNW Hammond campus.

2017 DATES  (this is a 5-day camp)

$200 per child

July 24th-28th

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


2017 Adventure Camp Registration
Camp T-Shirt - $10

Astrotots (ages 5-6)
Robotics - $60
Rocketry - $60
Engineering - $60
Journey to Mars - $60
Space Explorers - $60
Rebel Training - $60
Space Mission Training - $60
Underwater Astronaut Training - $160
Junior Cyber Camp - $60
AFA Cyber Camp - $200
Payment Option
* Please be sure to total your sessions and t-shirt, if applicable, before submitting payment. If you have any questions about the amount, do not submit payment. Call the center at 219/989-3250, Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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