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Challenger Learning Center at Heartland Community College
1500 W. Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
P: (309)268.8700
F: (309)268.7984



When is the Challenger Learning Center open?

The Challenger Learning Center is open Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm, except holidays; evenings and weekends, by appointment. The Challenger Learning Center is closed December 24-January 1.

Can I tour the Challenger Learning Center?

Yes. When planning a visit to the Challenger Learning Center, call (309) 268-8700 or email in advance to schedule a time for your tour. Tours of Athena Transport Module, Mission Control and Spacecraft are not available when simulators are in use.

What kind of missions and programs do you offer?

The Challenger Learning Center provides K-12 school missions, social missions and corporate missions. The Challenger Learning Center programs include: Boy Scout & Girl Scout workshops, birthday parties, summer camps, simulator tours, virtual and in person presentations and school assemblies. Click for a list of school, business and public programs.

How do I schedule a mission?

To schedule a mission, complete the appropriate mission registration form and fax (309) 268-7984 or email For any questions, contact Alicia Lage at (309) 268-8706 or email

K-4 Mission Registration Form
5-8 Mission Registration Form
Social Mission Registration Form
Corporate Mission Registration Form

How many people can participate in a mission?

For school missions, a K-4 school mission accommodates 6-48 students and a 5-12 school mission accommodates 16-32 students. A social mission accommodates 10-30 people and a corporate mission accommodates 14-30 people.

How long is a mission?

A K-12 school mission lasts 2.5 hours. Mission times are 9:00-11:30am and 11:45am-2:15pm, when school is in session. A social mission is 2 hours and a corporate mission is 4, 6 or 8 hours. Social and corporate missions are scheduled Monday - Friday, (except holidays), 8-4:30; evenings and weekends, when available.

What is the cost of a mission?

A K-12 school mission costs $500 (September-December) and $600 (January-May). This price includes teacher training workshop, curriculum and the mission. A social mission costs $25 per person for 10-24 people and $20 for 25-30 people. Corporate mission costs range from $1800 to $3000 depending on program length and provided services.

Are scholarships available?

The Challenger Learning Center is a not-for-profit organization. A limited number of scholarships are made available to schools thanks to the generosity of donors and successful fundraising events. Schools may request up to 50% off of mission cost when submitting a scholarship application.

Scholarship Grant Application

Do you provide any missions or programs for individuals?

Yes. The Challenger Learning Center provides public missions and programs throughout the year. For a set rate an individual can enroll through Community Education in order to participate in a public mission or program. Read about our current Youth & Adult Public Programs and Summer Camps.

Upcoming Events

Practical Strategies for NGSS Workshop
Parent & Child Space Day

Laura, group leader