In 2000, the doors opened to the Challenger Center of AZ located in Peoria, AZ. It was the culmination of a dedicated group of community leaders and citizens who realized that there was a need to provide this important resource for the state of AZ. Their vision created the Center that today welcomes more than 33,000 students each year in a variety of field trips, workshops and team builders that provide important life skills in addition to a wealth of knowledge and opportunities for innovation and exploration.
Secondarily, the Challenger Space Center of AZ, has been fortunate enough to receive many one-of-a-kind items that are housed in the Peoria facility. Because of the significance of these items, the Center has developed exhibits that are designed to share them with our guests, but also preserve them for future generations. Because of a desire to carefully secure these unique items, we have an affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution so that we can curate them properly. We also have the opportunity because of this affiliation to bring many traveling exhibits and displays. This partnership creates special opportunities for the communities that we serve.
The Challenger Space Center of AZ has a team of qualified professionals comprised of staff and volunteers who blend their skills to create a unique learning environment that nurtures and encourages students to explore, investigate and innovate.