We are located about 75 miles south of Buffalo in Allegany, New York on property owned by St. Bonaventure University. We are one of 43 Challenger Learning Centers worldwide. These learning centers are dedicated to igniting the potential of our students and opening their eyes to the myriad of possibilities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Our facility houses replicas of the space station and of mission control. The students work in these environments on a simulated space mission to Mars, a Comet or Earth.
Today’s students are tomorrow’s inventors. But too many lose interest in crucial STEM subjects at an early age. This limits their opportunities in life and their career options in a global economy.
To succeed in a rapidly changing world, students need access to a variety of fields, chances to work with their fellow students in real-world scenarios, and experiences that open their eyes to new possibilities for the future. Since 2009 our local Challenger Center has carried on the memory and the mission of the original Challenger crew by helping children discover those possibilities through our innovative programming to promote STEM education.
Students of all backgrounds embark on simulated missions where they work together to run hands-on experiments and solve tough problems. Every student has a role to play in making the mission a success, building confidence in their own abilities and demonstrating the power of teamwork.
In a matter of hours, these mission ignite the potential within each student, opening their eyes to new skills and ideas that can lead to success in their careers and lives - and spark a passion for learning that will last a lifetime.
A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education organization, the Challenger Learning Center of the Twin Tier Region helps students and educators experience the thrills, challenges, and rewards of discovery.