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Challenger Learning Center at Heartland Community College
1500 W. Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
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YOUTH & ADULT PUBLIC PROGRAMS

The Challenger Learning Center offers a wide variety of outreach and educational programs based on science or simulated space missions provided through the College's Community Education Department.


Parent & Child Adventures with Miles, Part 2 (Ages 3-7)
Saturday, March 4, 2017/10am-12pm
Challenger Learning Center @ HCC
$10/parent-child pair

Miles From Tomorrowland is an animated space adventure series airing on Disney Junior. Learn what new space adventures Miles Callisto, his family and his best friend, a robo-ostrich named Merc have been up to this season. Find out what they have learned about our solar system, galaxies and universe. Discover what scientists working at NASA and other agencies have also learned about space. Participate in hands on activities and go on a space adventure of your own. This program is open to students ages 3-7. Parents, or guardian must attend with their child(ren). Both child and adult will need to register for this class.

Online registration is not available for this course. Please call 309.268.8160 to register child and adult.


Messy Matter Chemistry Challenge (Grades 2-6)
Monday & Tuesday, March 27-28, 2017/8:30am-4:30pm
Challenger Learning Center @ HCC
$100/student

Ever wonder what would happen if you mix two things together? Find out in this fun, if not exactly tidy, class as you experiment with the properties of matter and test various ingredients to create cool chemical reactions. You'll even make your own tie-dye shirt! Experiment with the properties of matter as you test different ingredients and uncover the difference between chemical and physical reactions. This program is open to grades 2-6. Bring a lunch and if you have food allergies, please bring snacks as well.

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A Student's Guide to Traveling the Solar System (Grades 2-6)
Wednesday & Thursday, March 29-30, 2017/8:30am-4:30pm
Challenger Learning Center @ HCC
$100/student

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to Pluto and be home in time for supper? Take a trip to space this spring break with the team from the Challenger Learning Center. Learn more about the wonders of our solar system and what an extraterrestrial trip would be like. In this two day adventure you will conduct science experiments looking for life; explore planets, comets, asteroids and sun and plan the trip of a lifetime. Then get ready to build a model of your spacecraft as we set out to explore the sights and sounds of the solar system. This program is open to grades 2-6. Bring a lunch and if you have food allergies, please bring snacks as well.

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Parent & Child Astronomy Exporation (Ages 3-7)
Saturday, April 1, 2017/10am-12pm
Challenger Learning Center @ HCC
$10/parent-child pair

Why is the sky blue? What are stars made of? How big is the solar system? These are just a few of the questions we will investigate during this astronomy session at the Challenger Learning Center. Discover what is in and out of our solar system and how scientists explore objects so far away. Conduct citizen science as we view images taken by telescopes from around the country. Participate in hands-on activities as we learn about the solar eclipse taking place August 21, 2017. This program is open to students ages 3-7. Parents, or guardian must attend with their child(ren). Both child and adult will need to register for this class.

Online registration is not available for this course. Please call 309.268.8160 to register child and adult.


Space Jam: A Wacky April Fool Space Mission (Adults Only)
Saturday, April 1, 2017/6-8:30pm
Challenger Learning Center @ HCC
$20/person

Calling all astronaut wannabees! Do you think you have the right stuff? Join us for the FUN side of space this April Fools' Day, and become an astronaut in this hands-on simulated space mission. Participants (adults only, please) will need a healthy sense of humor as we mix up space with comedy! Costumes are optional but highly encouraged. Price includes 2 slices of pizza and a bottle of water to enjoy as we begin pre-mission activities.

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What's a Solar Eclipse & How to Prepare for One (2nd Grade - Adult)
Tuesday, April 18, 2017/6-8pm
Challenger Learning Center @ HCC
$15/person

On August 21, 2017, the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States in almost 40 years will take place. From Oregon to South Carolina, millions of people will gather along the path of totality to experience this tremendous opportunity. The greatest duration will take place between Marion and Anna, Illinois and will last about 2 minutes and 40 seconds. Not sure what a solar eclipse is, or what path of totality and greatest duration mean? Are you interested to know how or where you can observe the solar eclipse? CLC staff will answer these questions and more through demonstrations and hands-on activities. Each registered participant recieves a copy of "The Great Solar Eclipse" booklet and a pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses. This class is open to students ages second grade through adult. For second though eighth grade students, parent or guardian must also enroll and attend this class.

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Parent & Child Space Day (Ages 5-10)
Saturday, May 6, 2017/9am-12pm
Challenger Learning Center @ HCC
$30/parent-child pair

Join the Challenger Learning Center for a Space-tacular adventure as we explore all things outer space. Learn about rockets, our Solar System and beyond through fun hands-on activities! First, we take a journey through the Solar System and learn about the nine, correction, eight planets. Back on the ground, we explore past, present and future NASA missions and find out what these missions have taught us about the universe. For our grand finale we investigate the principles of rocketry and launch our own rockets. This program is open to students ages 5-10. Parents, or guardian must attend with child(ren). Both child and adult will need to register for this class. Cost includes all supplies.

Online registration is not available for this course. Please call 309.268.8160 to register child and adult.


Upcoming Events

3/27-28/17
Messy Matter Chemistry Challenge
3/29-30/17
Student Guide to Travel Solar System
4/1/17
Parent & Child Astronomy Exploration
4/1/17
Space Jam: A Wacky April Fool Space Mission
5/6/17
Parent & Child Space Day

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