We are officially known as the Challenger Learning Center (CLC) of the Twin Tier Region. We have also been known as the Dresser Rand CLC since Dresser Rand gave us a significant contribution when we started our construction. We are a 501(c)(3) organization.
We are located about 75 miles south of Buffalo in Allegany, New York on property owned by St. Bonaventure University. We are one of 43 Challenger Learning Centers worldwide. These learning centers are dedicated to igniting the potential of our students and opening their eyes to the myriad of possibilities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Our facility houses replicas of the space station and mission control. The students work in these environments on a simulated space mission to Mars or a Comet.
Today’s students are tomorrow’s inventors. But too many lose interest in crucial STEAM subjects at an early age. This limits their opportunities in life and their career options in a global economy.
To succeed in a rapidly changing world, students need access to a variety of fields, chances to work with their fellow students in real-world scenarios and experiences that open their eyes to new possibilities for the future. Since 2009 our local Challenger Center has carried on the memory and the mission of the original Challenger crew by helping children discover those possibilities through our innovative programming to promote STEAM education.
Students of all backgrounds embark on simulated missions where they work together to run hands-on experiments and solve tough problems. Every student has a role to play in making the mission a success, building confidence in their own abilities and demonstrating the power of teamwork.
In a matter of hours, these missions ignite the potential within each student, opening their eyes to new skills and ideas that can lead to success in their careers and lives - and spark a passion for learning that will last a lifetime.
A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education organization, the Challenger Learning Center of the Twin Tier Region helps students and educators experience the thrills, challenges and rewards of discovery.
As a leader in STEM education, Challenger Center and its network of Challenger Learning Centers use experiential STEM education programs that bring STEM subjects to life and inspire students to pursue STEM careers. Challenger Learning Center of the Twin Tier Region is part of the global network that reaches hundreds of