9th - 12th Earth Science Missions

A 9th-12th Earth science mission experience is an exploration in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for your students. Simulated space missions costs $500 (September - December) and $600 (January - May) and accommodate 16 - 32 students. Scholarships are available.

Simulated space missions run twice each day: 9:00 -11:30 am and 11:45 am - 2:15 pm, Monday through Friday (except holidays). Schools should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of their mission. Send your students on a mission to explore EARTH ODYSSEY! After a short pre-mission briefing, students will take their places in the simulators to assume control of an exciting mission:

Mission Control
In Mission Control, students take on the role of scientists and engineers studying the atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, geosphere, ocean and Earth orbiting satellites.

In the Spacecraft, students become astronauts responsible for conducting experiments regarding Earth's systems and satellites, then sending the information back to Mission Control.

Crew Exchange 
Halfway through the mission, students will switch places, so that each participant has the opportunity to experience BOTH Mission Control and the Spacecraft.


Are you ready to sign up for a mission? Use the "pre-launch" checklist below to make sure that your mission goes off without any glitches.

Step 1: Schedule your mission.

Schedule Your Mission

Scholarship are available to K-12 schools and their students participating in simulated space missions and programs.  Awards, ranging from 25%-75% of mission and program costs, are based on demonstrated need, student information, educational impact and fund availability.  Schools and/or students with extenuating circumstances may qualify for additional funding.  Listing a request amount does not guarantee award for requested amount.  Teacher will be notified approximately one week after the application is received.  Contact the CLC at 309-268-8700 with any questions.  Email completed application to clc@heartland.edu or fax to 309-268-7984. To be eligible for a scholarship:

  • Each individual teacher must complete a separate application.
  • Teacher must register and attend a CLC Teacher Training Workshop.
  • School provides transportation to bring students to CLC on scheduled date(s).
  • Failure to comply with scholarship award terms may result in denial of funds.

Scholarship Grant Application

9-12 School Mission Registration Form

Step 2: Sign up for Teacher Training Workshop.

Register for a Workshop

Teacher training workshops equip teachers with knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to prepare students for their Voyage to Mars or Earth Odyssey mission. While there is no charge for teacher training workshops, it is strongly recommend that teachers attend a workshop prior to their scheduled mission. 

Upcoming workshops are scheduled for: September 12, 2017 or January 9, 2018 from 9am-3pm.  Classroom activities, lunch and 6 CEUs are included. 

Step 3: Prepare your students.

After your teacher training workshop, implement CLC curriculum to prepare your students for their CLC. This curriculum may be used in conjunction with any school district's curriculum or as a stand-alone curriculum. Click on the link below for your level of instruction and its alignment to Illinois Learning Standards.

Earth Odyssey Curriculum (Recommend Earth Science Students)

Step 4: Extend the mission.

Phenomenal Physics presentation is available to enhance and extend your CLC mission. Cost of presentation is $75 per group (10-32 students). Dr. Jay Ansher from Illinois State University Physics Department, an ISU college student, or a CLC staff member provide a presentation on physical science topics with exciting demonstrations and fun hands-on activities that will engage the entire class. Click "YES" on your mission registration form to register for Phenomenal Physics.

Avanti's sack lunches are available for purchase. Students may bring sack lunches to eat at the Challenger Learning Center or order from Avanti's. Avanti's sack lunches include sandwich, chips, cookie or applesauce, and water. Prices range from $3 to $6 per lunch. If you are interested in ordering Avanti's, download and complete the Avanti's lunch form. Then mail or fax at least two weeks prior to your mission. Click "YES" on your mission registration form to register for Avanti's.

Payment for Phenomenal Physics and/or Avanti's, payable to the Challenger Learning Center, is due the day of the mission.

Avanti's Order Form Packet 
Includes student and teacher order form.

Step 5: Complete necessary paperwork.

Don't forget to bring all of your paperwork to the Challenger Learning Center on the day of your mission: 

School Mission Crew Manifest (Earth Odyssey)
This form is used by the teacher to assign students to a team for the mission.

Student Data Form 
This form is filled out by a parent or guardian on behalf of the student and returned to the Challenger Learning Center by the teacher prior to the mission.
Educator Data Form
This form is completed by the teacher and staff and returned to the Challenger Learning Center by the teacher prior to the mission.


Commemorate your mission with Challenger Learning Center merchandise and apparel. Our virtual gift shop is brought to you by the Challenger Learning Center and the Harlan Vance Company. Click here to visit the CLC Virtual Gift Shop.

Contact Us

Challenger Learning Center
1500 W. Raab Rd.
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-268-8700
Fax: 309-268-7984

Stacey Shrewsbury

Lead Flight Director
Phone: 309-268-8701

Susan Evens

Flight Director
Phone: 309-268-8704

Libby Torbeck

Flight Director
Phone: 309-268-8702

Crystal Johnson

Program Assistant
Phone: 309-268-8374

Jenna Brewer

Registration & Records Assistant
Phone: 309-268-8707