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What is the Challenger Learning Center at Montco Pottstown?

Our Challenger Learning Center at Montco Pottstown is a member of the network of living memorials dedicated to continuing the education mission of the ill-fated Challenger 51-L Space Shuttle Crew. In general, we offer STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) field trip experiences and professional development for schools, teachers and students and public events centered-around space science and STEM topics.

How do I register for a mission?

To register for a mission, complete the online registration form. A program coordinator will be in touch with you to confirm mission details and scheduling information.

How do I prepare for a mission?

Prior to your mission a Challenger team member will be in touch to discuss STEM-based pre-mission resources for your students to prepare them for what to expect during a mission.

How many teachers/chaperones are required for Challenger in-person missions?

Challenger Center in-person missions are facilitated by trained Flight Directors. Our team requires at least 2 teachers from the participating school remain present during the entire 2-hour mission. One teacher will remain in the Spacecraft simulator, while the second teacher will be in the Mission Control simulator. Therefore 2 teachers or one teacher plus adult chaperone is required.

Why is STEM education an important investment?

Beyond the important and exciting plans we have for exploring our solar system, STEM fields will keep our nation and its citizens safe and healthy. Medical sciences, engineering, conservation, and sustainability research topics and more all fall into the category of STEM fields. Ensuring that our students are becoming interested in these careers is critical to the future of our home planet.

How do I get in touch?

For inquiries and questions, please email us at challenger@mc3.edu or call 610-718-1938.

Where are you located?

The Challenger Learning Center at Montco Pottstown is located on Montgomery County Community College’s Pottstown Campus at:

140 College Drive
Pottstown, PA 19464

Are masks mandatory during a visit?

The Challenger Center at Montco Pottstown follows the COVID-19 safety protocols in place for the College.