Events

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Nov
15
Fri
2019
APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition Now Playing @ Challenger Learning Center
Nov 15 – Dec 16 all-day

Experience the “out-of-this-world” moment (literally) when the United States of America achieved exploration greatness with APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition. Boasting “how far and how fast we have come,” as a nation, during a time where traveling to the moon was unthinkable, the brilliantly curated film pilots the audience through the lunar landing journey of avid preparation, anxious lift off and triumphant return. APOLLO 11 was made specifically for a giant screen at museums and science centers, offering an exclusive take into “the greatest and most complex exploration in Man’s history.”
Featuring a newly-discovered trove of never-before-seen 70 mm footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, the film offers a distinctive feature from the documentary genre, without narration. Here, the alluring nature of IMAX and unclassified audio recordings speak for themselves, even in its moments of restless silence. APOLLO 11 showcases the raw reality of humanity’s greatest achievements as the first to put men on the moon.
The 47 minute IMAX experience, APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition, excites family and friends of all ages to experience an American triumph at an affordable price. Offering tickets between $6-8, purchases support the Challenger Learning Center’s community outreach and educational programming. APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition is sponsored locally in part through the Council on Culture and Arts’ Cultural Grant Program, funded by the City of Tallahassee and Leon County.

Nov
23
Sat
2019
SCIturdays – Food Lab @ Challenger Learning Center
Nov 23 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

2 PROGRAM TIMES: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Ages 9-99
Calling all chefs! Churn homemade butter for your Thanksgiving meal, make cranberry sauce, identify chemical versus physical change and more.

Nov
25
Mon
2019
Grossology Day Camp @ Challenger Learning Center
Nov 25 all-day

Available for Grades K-5, $40/day including lunch:
Grades K-1: Venture inward on a journey down the “Organ Trail” to explore the digestive system, make edible dog poop, and play the germ travelling game.
Grades 2-3: By exploring the science of gross, usually referred to as chemistry and biology, campers will snack on an edible petri dish, observe worm anatomy, and make a pimple stress ball.
Grades 4-5: It’s the science of bodies! Students will explore how gross and amazing bodies are by making drinkable blood, edible skin layers, learning the science of the flatulence and dissecting owl pellets.

Nov
26
Tue
2019
Food Frenzy Day Camp @ Challenger Learning Center
Nov 26 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Available for Grades K-5, $40/day including lunch:
Grades K-1: We will be filling campers’ brains and bellies with the science behind making butter, cranberry invisible ink and pumpkin slime.
Grades 2-3: It is a learning feast! Students will make cranberry sauce, a pumpkin volcano and pumpkin slime.
Grades 4-5: With a hunger for brain food and a thirst for knowledge, these campers will make bread, pumpkin oobleck and design and create engineering structures with cranberries.

Nov
30
Sat
2019
Public Mission – Return to the Moon @ Challenger Learning Center
Nov 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Recommended for 4th grade & up; under 4th grade requires a paid accompanying adult

For the first time since 1972, a crew of astronauts is returning to the Moon. Their mission is to establish a permanent base for Earth observation and determine whether off-Earth settlements are possible. Teams work together and ensure a safe lunar arrival. Sponsored locally by Shell.

Dec
13
Fri
2019
Home School Days – ‘Tis the Season @ Challenger Learning Center
Dec 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Limited K-2: Brrr! In celebration of the winter solstice, make snow, create a winter tree craft with your handprint, make a diorama of the four seasons and more.
3-4: It’s a winter wonderland! Learn about the seasons, craft a snowy tree with bubble wrap, see a planetarium show about the seasons and more.
Limited 5-8: Let it snow! Learn about the winter solstice, create bookmarks with laminated plant materials, make a snowstorm in a jar, design a model of the seasons and more.

Dec
14
Sat
2019
SCIturdays – Winter Wonderland @ Challenger Learning Center
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

2 PROGRAM TIMES: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Ages 10 and under
Let it snow! Make a snowman out of shredded paper, discover the science of snowflakes, explore how birds walk in the snow and more.

Dec
23
Mon
2019
Star Wars Science Day Camp @ Challenger Learning Center
Dec 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

K-1: Use the force as you participate in Jedi Training, make your own lightsaber and Yoda ears

2-3: Code in a Star Wars galaxy with Rey & BB8, explore engineering and simple machines to design and build an Ewok catapult and Millennium Falcon.

4-5: Stay on target and design a droid with recyclables, use Sphero bots to compete in a BB-8 Coding Challenge and engineer a lightsaber.

Dec
27
Fri
2019
Robo Tech Day Camp @ Challenger Learning Center
Dec 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

K-1: Build and program a robot with LEGO WeDo 1.0, design a robot helmet, and explore the future of robotics in the IMAX film, Robots 3D.

2-3: Code an Ozobot to conduct a beach clean-up, challenge with fellow campers in a WeDo 2.0 LEGO competition, and watch Robots 3D in the IMAX Theatre.

4-5: Tinker and innovate your way to make a Wigglebot, engineer and build an articulated grabber and program Dash robots to play games and compete in challenges.

Dec
28
Sat
2019
Free Planetarium Show – December Skies Over Tallahassee @ Challenger Learning Center
Dec 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

“Monthly Skies over Tallahassee” is created and presented by the Tallahassee Astronomical Society (TAS). The monthly sky over Tallahassee will be reviewed including prominent constellations, stars and planet positions. Audience interaction includes two holds for questions and a “sky test” of the evening sky.

Arrive early as there are only 128 planetarium seats. However, “Monthly Skies over Tallahassee” will be repeated at 11:00 a.m. for a reduced planetarium price of $3.00 for both children or adults and free for Challenger members.

“Monthly Skies over Tallahassee” is also included in the planetarium show schedule at the regular price including the first Wednesday of the month at 2:00 p.m.

SCIturdays – Movie Magic @ Challenger Learning Center
Dec 28 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

2 PROGRAM TIMES: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Ages 9-99
3, 2, 1….action! Direct and produce a science fantasy short film, make props such as glow stick light-sabers and miniature spacecrafts, use green screen technology and more.

Dec
30
Mon
2019
Artemis Academy Day Camp @ Challenger Learning Center
Dec 30 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

K-1: NASA and Camp Challenger are going back to the moon! Campers will conduct the new Moon Explorer mission in our simulator, design a moon rover, and create their own Artemis ID badges.

2-3: Campers will explore the moon via augmented reality, create a tin foil model of the moon to learn about the different crater types and design a launch abort vehicle to keep our astronauts safe.

4-5: It is the next best thing to being there. Students will explore the surface of the moon through simulated rover and virtual reality. They will also engineer a heavy lift vehicle for the Space Launch System.

Jan
2
Thu
2020
Leap Into the New Year Day Camp @ Challenger Learning Center
Jan 2 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

K-1: Leap into learning by exploring the science of leaping, learning about the animals that leap and participating in a leap day obstacle course.

2-3: 29 is the magic number for the leap year scavenger hunt and leap day time capsule. Explore the science of leaping and create a frog catapult.

4-5: Make the most of the 2020 leap year by travelling the world with Dash the robot. Learn the astronomical science of the leap year in our planetarium and the physical science by participating in a frog origami leaping challenge.

Jan
3
Fri
2020
LEGO Live & Learn Day Camp @ Challenger Learning Center
Jan 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

K-1: This day is all about the bricks! Campers will make slime, helmets, heads, and zip lines with every kid’s favorite colorful toy.

2-3: We can build anything with LEGOs including a marble maze, balloon car and robots with WeDos.

4-5: Explore the world of engineering and architecture with LEGOs by creating giant formations, spinning tops and chain reactions.

Jan
4
Sat
2020
Free Planetarium Show – January Skies Over Tallahassee @ Challenger Learning Center
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

“Monthly Skies over Tallahassee” is created and presented by the Tallahassee Astronomical Society (TAS). The monthly sky over Tallahassee will be reviewed including prominent constellations, stars and planet positions. Audience interaction includes two holds for questions and a “sky test” of the evening sky.

Arrive early as there are only 128 planetarium seats. However, “Monthly Skies over Tallahassee” will be repeated at 11:00 a.m. for a reduced planetarium price of $3.00 for both children or adults and free for Challenger members.

“Monthly Skies over Tallahassee” is also included in the planetarium show schedule at the regular price including the first Wednesday of the month at 2:00 p.m.

Jan
6
Mon
2020
Minecraft Mashup Day Camp @ Challenger Learning Center
Jan 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

K-1: Explore the science behind some of the iconic Minecraft characters, places and images including exploding creepers and pixel art.

2-3: The Camp Challenger version of Minecraft Theme Park is S.T.E.A.M Park! Campers will build a rollercoaster, design a Rube Goldberg machine, and experience rollercoasters through virtual reality.

4-5: It’s a mishmash of coding and hacking with Minecraft command blocks, Dash the robot, and Arduino Snapino kits.

Jan
10
Fri
2020
Home School Days – Science of Chill @ Challenger Learning Center
Jan 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Limited K-2: Now that’s cool! Paint with ice, experiment with sublimation bubbles,
compete in a red vs. blue (hot vs. cold) food coloring race and more.
3-4: We’re off to the Arctic! Paint rocks with cold weather animals, experiment with sublimation bubbles, test blubber gloves and more.
Limited 5-8: Freeze! Discover the science of ice cream and freezing points, make an ice pack, conduct experiments with liquid nitrogen and more.

Jan
11
Sat
2020
SCIturdays – Operation Rescue @ Challenger Learning Center
Jan 11 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

SOS! Act as an engineer saving a duck from a polluted pond, explore ways to protect our environment as a citizen scientist and more.

Jan
25
Sat
2020
SCIturdays – 3D Design @ Challenger Learning Center
Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Construct an animal-themed 3D carving, use 3D pens to create animal models, receive discounted admission to a movie and more. Finished 3D carves will be available for pickup after the movie.

Feb
1
Sat
2020
Free Planetarium Show – February Skies Over Tallahassee @ Challenger Learning Center
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

“Monthly Skies over Tallahassee” is created and presented by the Tallahassee Astronomical Society (TAS). The monthly sky over Tallahassee will be reviewed including prominent constellations, stars and planet positions. Audience interaction includes two holds for questions and a “sky test” of the evening sky.

Arrive early as there are only 128 planetarium seats. However, “Monthly Skies over Tallahassee” will be repeated at 11:00 a.m. for a reduced planetarium price of $3.00 for both children or adults and free for Challenger members.

“Monthly Skies over Tallahassee” is also included in the planetarium show schedule at the regular price including the first Wednesday of the month at 2:00 p.m.