Challenger Learning Center


Every Saturday, 2-3pm & 3:30-4:30pm at miSci (museum of innovation and science)

Join other museum visitors in this out-of-this-world experience! See what it's like to do experiments in space and take home a souvenir from your experience.

Based on NASA astronaut training, the Challenger Learning Center of the Capital Region at miSci allows participants to be part of a simulated mission to space in an innovative learning environment. Visitors become part of a crew of engineers and scientists on-board the space-craft. Like NASA astronauts, scientists, and engineers, visitors are assigned essential tasks and conduct critical experiments that they must execute for mission success.

To reserve a seat for a Challenger Adventure, please call 518-382-7890 x0. Children (3-12): Admission + $5, Adults: Admission + $10. Seniors: Admission + $8 ALL CHILDREN UNDER 7 MUST BE EACH ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT. All groups of children must have at least one adult present.


Be a part of a crew of scientists and engineers in a simulated space mission at the NEW Challenger Learning Center at miSci. Missions tailored for your group, ages pre-K to adult. Participate in a simulated space mission with your:
school class • community group • work team • scout troop
birthday celebration • private party • team building event

You are part of a team performing the mission – essential tasks astronauts, scientists, and engineers perform for mission success. Work onboard the Spacecraft to perform critical experiments and activities and in Mission Control to monitor and guide the spacecraft crew. After a brief orientation, half the group launches into space on the space transporter while the other half works in Mission Control; halfway through the mission, the roles are switched.

Prior to group missions, educators and group leaders participate in a mission preparation workshop and receive curriculum to help students understand the mission objectives and the concepts to complete their mission and to work on communication skills, problem-solving, and team skills. Challenger Learning Center missions are learning environments embedded with activities and lessons aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Science Core Curriculum, and Common Core State Standards.

Call 518-382-7890 x 236 between 9am and 4pm Monday through Friday to book your visit or complete the Challenger Learning Center Reservation Request Form (right click to save the form, then complete it) and email to or fax to 518-382-7893. Please notify miSci when booking if using BOCES funding.

Rendezvous with a Comet (Grade 5 & up)
Earth Odyssey (Grade 8 & up)
Exploration Station (Grades 3 & 4)
Cosmic Kids (Grades 1 & 2)
Junior Astronauts (Grades PreK - K)

miSci and the Challenger Learning Center at miSci are included in the BOCES Arts & Education & Enrichment Resources online directory. The following six BOCES provide this online directory for their upstate New York component school districts:
• Capital Region BOCES
• Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES
• Washington- Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BPCES
• Questar III BOCES
• Ulster BOCES
• Champlain Valley BOCES
Your school district business manager should be consulted regarding BOCES requirements, your district’s participation, and your reimbursement rate.

For BOCES Aid information:

For BOCES miSci and the Challenger Learning Center at miSci information:

Admission & Transportation Grants
Limited admission and transportation grants are available. After you have completed the Challenger Learning Center Reservation Request Form (right click to save the form, then complete it), complete the Admission and Transportation Grant Application (right click to save the form, then complete it) and email to or fax to 518-382-7893. Please note: we must have your Reservation Request Form to consider your Admission and Transportation Grant Application
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