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Date Time Event
1/26/19 8am-12pm Boy Scout Astronomy Merit Badge Workshop
1/26/19 1-5pm Boy Scout Weather Merit Badge Workshop
1/29/19 5-8pm Christa's Lost Lessons
2/2/19 9-10:30am Parent & Child Battle of the Bots - This class is full.
2/2/19 11am-12:30pm Parent & Child Battle of the Bots
2/12/19 6-9pm Fly Your Sweetie to the Moon - This class is full.
2/13/19 6-9pm Fly Your Sweetie to the Moon
2/18/19 8:30am-4:30pm Case of the Missing Person
2/23/19 9am-1pm Boy Scout Chemistry Merit Badge Workshop
2/26/19 5-8pm Connecting Students with STEM Careers
3/2/19 9-10:30am Parent & Child Science Stories II
3/8-9/19 6:30pm-8:30am Night at the Space Station Sleepover (Girls)
3/16/19 9am-3pm Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge Workshop
3/16/19 10am-12pm I Love STEM Fun Patch (Daisies & Brownies)
3/16/19 1-3pm I Love STEM Fun Patch (Juniors & Cadettes)
3/25&26/19 8:30am-4:30pm Mars Madness
3/27&28/19 8:30am-4:30pm Break It Make It Take It
3/29/19 8:30am-4:30pm Summer Camp Sneak Peak
4/6/19 9am-12pm Return to the Moon Community Day - Registration opens 2/8/19
4/8/19 9am-2pm Homeschool Day - Registration opens 2/8/19
4/23/19 5-8pm Space and STEM in the Classroom
4/26/19 7-9pm Comet-dy Fun Night & Mission - Registration opens 2/8/19
4/27/19 9am-3pm Boy Scout Space Exploration Merit Badge Workshop
5/4/19 9-11:30am Parent & Child Space Day - Registration opens 2/8/19

News & Events


Thank you so much for your support. 270 tickets were purchased for the 10th annual CLC FunnyRaiser held Friday, February 23. The event raised a record total of over $16,500 for the Challenger Learning Center at Heartland Community College. 

We hope you enjoyed an evening full of laughs! Special thanks to our emcee Joe Strupek and our outstanding line-up of amateur comedians: Justin Boyd, Frank Hoffman, Mark Peterson, Rick Pearce, Jim Sikes and Amanda Wycoff. Congratulations to Judges' Choice winner, Jusin Boyd and to Crowd Favorite winner, Amanda Wycoff! 

Click here to see how the CLC inspired former Heartland student, Ben Sweet. Click here to ensure that future generations of students have the same opportunity.


Send your name to Mars!  The next best thing to being there yourself!  View & share your boarding pass. See your frequent flyer points:


A $5,000 gift from Nicor Gas will endable the CLC to add robotics to its educational program. The robotics will be programmable and transportable, enabling them to be used in outreach programs, according to an announcement from Heartland Community College. “We want to use them to teach coding. We also want to take them out in the community and into the schools,” said Challenger Learning Center flight director Susan Evens. Read more here.


Thanks to everyone who made our solar eclipse event a success.  The clouds cleared at just the right time as HCC employees, students and community members observed the ecllipse.  Click here to checkout more on our Facebook page.

Contact Us

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

Stacey Shrewsbury

Associate Director
Phone: 309-268-8701

Libby Torbeck

Flight Director
Phone: 309-268-8702

Jo Kitchens

Flight Director
Phone: 309-268-8703

Crystal Johnson

Program Assistant
Phone: 309-268-8374

Jenna Brewer

Registration & Records Assistant
Phone: 309-268-8707