CHALLENGER LEARNING CENTER NWI
(on the campus of Purdue Calumet University)
2300 173rd Street
The Challenger Network was created by the families of astronauts who lost their lives in 1986 in the explosion of the Shuttle 51-L. Northwest Indiana was fortunate to be selected as a site for a center that would offer STEM opportunities and space-themed simulations to students in the Region. Built in 1999, many area students have taken part in space missions there or watched planetarium shows or participated in science labs, but the kids aren’t the only ones who get to have fun there. The center also schedules an annual adult date night for Valentine’s Day. On February 11, they’re offering an evening like no other in the area. The “Fly Your Sweetie to the Moon” Valentine Date Night is open for two sessions at 3 and 6 p.m. For $50 per couple, you can participate in a mini-mission, watch a laser light show and receive a special space gift to take home.