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9th - 12th Earth Science Missions

Students in Space Station

A 9th-12th Earth science mission experience is an exploration in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for your students. Send your students on a mission to explore EARTH ODYSSEY!

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.

A simulated space mission accommodates 16-32 students and costs $550 (September - December) and $650 (January - May). Scholarships are available.

Mission times are 9:00 -11:30 am and 11:45 am - 2:15 pm, Monday through Friday (except holidays).

9-12 School Mission Information Sheet (PDF)


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 are based on demonstrated need, student information, educational impact and fund availability.  Contact the CLC at 309-268-8700 with any questions.  Scholarships must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the mission.  Applying for a scholarship does not guarentee taht a scholarship will be awarded.  To be eligible for a scholarship:

  • 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 forfeiture of funds.

Apply for Scholarship

Step 2: Register for Teacher Training Workshop.

Register for a Workshop

Teacher training workshops equip teachers with knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to prepare students for their 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 workshop is scheduled for: January 17, 2019 from 9am-3pm.  Classroom activities, lunch and 6 PDUs 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.

Earth Odyssey Curriculum

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). Demonstrations and fun hands-on activities about motion, waves, and electricity will engage the entire class. 

Click "YES" on your mission registration form to register for Phenomenal Physics.

Avanti's lunches are available for purchase. Students may bring sack lunches to eat at the Challenger Learning Center or order from Avanti's. Lunches include sandwich, chips, cookie or applesauce, and water. Prices range from $3 to $6 per lunch. Click "YES" on your mission registration form to register for Avanti's lunches.

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 (PDF)
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:
Earth Odyssey Crew Manifest
This form is used by the teacher to assign students to a team for the Earth Odyssey mission.
Student Data Form (PDF)
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 (PDF)
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.

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Contact Us

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