Welcome to the website for the Challenger Learning Center in Sacramento, CA located at Powerhouse Science Center! Use the links above for more information about booking programs, or read on below to learn more about Challenger.


  • New for 2019-2020: Starting this 2019-2020 school year our Challenger Learning Center will no longer offer on site teacher training. If you are a new teacher wishing to schedule a mission we have created a series of videos to help answers questions that you may have. These videos can be watched here.
  • New for 2019-2020: Our mission start and end times for afternoon missions have been pushed back slightly for the new school year. Afternoon missions will now begin at 12:30, and end at 2:30. The morning mission time slot has not changed. Still try to arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in for your mission.
  • New for 2018-2019: We have revamped our missions to be 2 hours long (instead of 2 1/2 hours long) to better fit with bus schedules and to include improvements to the mission.
  • Website changes: We no longer require a password to access the Teacher Prep materials.

What is Challenger?

As a leader in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, Challenger Center and its international network of more than 40 Challenger Learning Centers use space-themed simulated learning environments to engage students in dynamic, hands-on opportunities. These experiences strengthen knowledge in STEM subjects and inspire students to pursue careers in these important fields. Challenger Learning Center Sacramento is part of the global network that reaches hundreds of thousands of students and tens of thousands of teachers each year. Founded in 1986, Challenger Center was created to honor the crew of shuttle flight STS-51L. To learn more, visit www.challenger.org.

Simulated Space Missions

Designed in cooperation with NASA, the Challenger Learning Center is an interactive educational program that uses the excitement of space flight simulation to inspire students.  As your students participate in one of three mission scenarios, they apply math science, technology, and language arts to solve real-life challenges, raising their expectations of success and inspiring them to “reach for the stars”.

All students experience both Mission Control (modeled after the Johnson Space Center) and the Spacecraft (a lab in a futuristic space vehicle).

In the Spacecraft, students conduct science experiments, record measurements, operate robotic arms, build a probe, and navigate through space.  In Mission Control, students use computers for research, use math to analyze data and monitor the status of the mission.  Everyone uses teamwork, communication, and problem solving skills to solve emergencies and accomplish mission objectives.

This engaging program was created by the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, an international, non-profit organization founded in 1986 by the families of the seven astronauts who were lost during the last flight of the Challenger Space Shuttle.

Sacramento Success!

Thank you to everyone who flew with us during the 2018-2019 school year! It was a fantastic year: