The Challenger Learning Center (CLCofMe) is a private, non-profit, 501(c)3 tax-exempt corporation offering educational programs for students and families throughout Maine. Our Mission:
Through a diversity of programs we educate students and teachers in order to inspire an active lifelong passion for space and Earth science.
Currently, an unacceptably high proportion of Maine’s middle school students do not meet state standards for educational attainment in mathematics and science. And while a high percentage of our students graduate from high school, too few go on to college – largely because of low aspirations. The Challenger Learning Center of Maine directly addresses these problems. Our programs are designed to:
- Inspire our young students to achieve higher levels of education, particularly in the areas of mathematics and science;
- Encourage students to choose careers more aligned with mathematics and science;
- Motivate more of our local graduates to pursue technology-based opportunities within the State of Maine.
In addition to simulated space missions, the Challenger Center offers professional development opportunities for educators, science education camps during school year and summer vacations, and a variety of family events promoting scientific literacy in everyday life.