Education

Challenger Learning Center of Kansas Foundation Inc

  • Wellington, KS
  • www.clcks.org

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Mission Statement

The Challenger Learning Center of Kansas will become the 53rd operational Challenger Learning Center in the world. Developed by the surviving family members of the astronauts lost in the Challenger accident of 1986, the Challenger Center for Space Science Education's network of Challenger Learning Centers reached more than 250,000 students and 40,000 teachers per year. Once completed and operational, the Challenger Learning Center of Kansas will bring extensive standards-based curriculum to teachers throughout the region and train them to further prepare their students. Once prepared, their students arrive at the Center for a three-hour mission experience emphasizing standards in mathematics, sciences, environmental sciences, technology, and literacy skills in reading and writing. Combined these educational impacts with "real-world" experiences based in problem solving, teamwork, decision making and analytical skills, and communications, the simulated space flight experience builds on student experience inside the classroom in a tangible representation of what they can achieve outside the classroom.

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ruling year

2000

Principal Officer

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Kevin Ikenberry

Keywords

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Space, Science, Education, Simulations

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EIN

48-1220024

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

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This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Operating programs include spaceflight simulations for education purposes as a primary goal. Supplemental simulation programs include missions for the general public and tourism, corporate training and facilitation, and specialized programs (e.g. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.). Additional programming includes Distance Learning simulations, where students and teachers "log in" to the Challenger Learning Center of Kansas from their remote classroom and participate in an earth or space sciences mission. The Challenger Learning Center of Kansas will also conduct daily programming for general admissions, seminars, host traveling exhibitions, and provide seasonal day camp experiences.

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Challenger Learning Center of Kansas Foundation Inc

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Principal Officer

Kevin Ikenberry

BIO

Kevin Ikenberry has a unique space science education background. A former manager of the internationally renowned U.S. Space Camp program in Huntsville, Alabama, Mr. Ikenberry first worked with the Challenger Learning Center of Arizona in Phoenix as the Director of Education and Deputy Center Director before taking the reins of the Challenger Learning Center of Kansas. Mr. Ikenberry holds degrees from East Tennessee State University and Mississippi State University, as well as an officer's commission as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve.

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