Ferguson-Florissant School District

Challenger Learning Center

Designed by Hastings+Chivetta, the Challenger Learning Center teaches children problem-solving skills through state-of-the-art space simulators, which include an orbiting space station and a mission control center modeled after NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

The 8,600 SF Center provides an unforgettable hands-on learning experience—a simulated space shuttle mission to Mars. Upon arrival, the class assembles in a large, circular element surrounded by scaffolding, meant to resemble a space craft under construction. Half of each group can participate in the space command while the other half occupies the shuttle, switching places to achieve the full effect of the mission.

The Learning Center is part of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, an international not-for-profit education organization founded in 1986 by the families of the astronauts tragically lost during the Challenger space shuttle mission. The Learning Center is sponsored by a three-way partnership between the Ferguson-Florissant School District, the St. Louis Science Center and 23 county districts in the Midwest.


Project Details

    • Gross Square Feet
    • 8,638
    • Completion Date
    • 2003
    • Construction Cost
    • $600,000
    • City
    • St. Louis
    • State
    • MO
    • Client Type
    • Public
    • Enrollment
    • 10,000+


    • 2004
    • Best of Show
    • PatCraft Commercial Carpet Chandler Awards
    • 2004
    • Regional Excellence Award
    • St. Louis Construction News and Review