New Mexico’s only Challenger Learning Center (CLC) is set to host a community open house Friday, Jan. 26 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the CLC, 505 S. Main Street, Suite 401, next door to the motor vehicle department. The event is free and open to the public.

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The open house will feature a variety of children’s activities including: tours of the CLC simulator, a liquid nitrogen activity, a straw rocket launch activity, space art projects, space vehicle games, cosmic face painting and NASA trivia.

According to the CLC website, the CLC offers dynamic, hands-on exploration and discovery opportunities for students and community members of all ages.  Through our immersive learning experiences, participants become astronauts, engineers, scientists and researchers to solve real-world problems as they share the thrill of exploration on missions throughout the Solar System.  Using space simulations and role-play strategies, students bring their classroom studies to life and cultivate the skills needed for future success.

Opened in 2015, the CLC is one more than 40 Challenger Learning Centers throughout the world. According to LCPS officials, the 46 centers were created as a result of the Challenger space shuttle disaster in 1986. The disaster claimed the lives of all seven astronauts aboard, including Christa McAuliffe, a teacher from New Hampshire who had been selected to join the mission and teach lessons from space to schoolchildren around the country. The crew’s families believed they must carry on the educational mission and created the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, a nonprofit educational organization.

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-LCPS Communications Coordinator Paul Dahlgren,, (575) 527-5808