Homeschool Groups

Let the Challenger STEM Learning Center provide a science and math enrichment program for your homeschool group. Once a month we gather homeschoolers from around the area (TN, GA, AL, NC, and SC) to participate in a simulated mission to space or STEM-themed activities. This provides a wonderful opportunity for students and parents/educators to network and learn together.

Pre-registration is required for all public homeschool programs, no walk-ins day of event please.  Register online using the links provided in the event description.  Private missions/programs can be scheduled for your homeschool group - call 423-425-2191 to inquire about or book a private program.


  • Pre-K through 3rd/4th grade for Micronaut programs. (Pre-K students must be able to color, cut, glue, and write name.) 
  • 5th grade and up for mission programs (4th graders reading at 5th grade level may register for missions).
  • Some programs may be grade specific, this will be noted in the program description.

Minimum number of students needed to run a Micronaut mission is 10, and the maximum number accepted is 60.  The minimum number of students needed to run the Mars/Comet/Moon Missions is 22, and the maximum number accepted is 34 (36 for Mars mission).  We may have to cancel or reschedule a public homeschool day if we do not have the minimum number of students registered.

Cost: Most programs are $10 per student unless otherwise noted.

  • February 28, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.   PARENT-CHILD LEGO BUILD
    Homeschool educators and students, here is a SPECIAL program just for you!  Working in teams of 2 (1 parent, 1 child), you will build a special LEGO project together.  We have multiple LEGO kits appropriate for ages 6 and up, ranging from the "Power Functions Walker" to the sophisticated and programmable EV3 robot.  Cost is $15.00 per parent/child team.  Click here to register

  • March 23, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.   CLAY ROCKET EVA (appropriate for fifth through eighth grades)
    This popular EVA (extra venue activity) introduces students to a variety of aerospace concepts, including force and motion, thrust, center of gravity, weight distribution, and drag.  Students will construct and launch rockets using pneumatic force, then modify their rocket design to alter the flight, speed, and distance.  This EVA meets ITEEA, NCTM, NSTA, and NCTE standards, exposing students to technological design, problem solving, and data collection, analysis, and predicationClick here to register

    Check back for future programs!

Parents must remain with their children at all times. There is no charge for parents or children under the age of 3, or any other family member not participating in the mission. Parents/visitors must park in the parking garage located on East 5th Street ($4 per day) to avoid a parking ticket (please note - the garage signage is misleading, as it is both public parking and permit parking).  Handicap parking is available in the Challenger parking lot 9 and may be used by anyone with a handicap sticker/placard (no tickets issued for valid handicap space use).

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the mission starts to check in. All missions start promptly.  Late arrivals cannot be admitted once missions have begun.