In the News

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People watching rocket launch.
NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden launches rockets with the students in our Rocket Camp (June 18, 2012).

Becoming a Rocket Science Teacher and Helping Others Do So Too!  Sport Rocketry, May/June 2022.

Richland One’s Challenger Learning Center offers space explorations to infinity and beyond, Carolina Panorama, February 2, 2022. PDF

KellyGram:  Challenger Learning Center, Mike Kelly Blog, July 2, 2021. PDF

Alumni Profile:  Asa Arnold, Challenger Center, June 2021.

National Weather Service Famously Hot Forecasts, Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, Spring/Summer 2020.

The Challenger Learning Center of Richland School District One Offers Students and Their Parents Insights into Opportunities in the Commercial Drone Market, Commercial UAV News, January 30, 2020

Up, Up and Away!  Preparation for Aviation Jobs Begins Early in S.C., SCBiz, Fall 2019

An Extraterrestrial Experience:  The Challenger Learning Center is out of this world, Columbia Metropolitan Magazine, May 2019

Challenger Center’s Summer Camps Include Advanced Drone Pilot Class, Millenium Magazine, March 25, 2019

Spring Camp at Challenger Learning Center, WLTX, March 25, 2019

Pictures of the day:  Aerospace Career Day, General Aviation News, November 27, 2016.

Richland One This Week, November 18, 2016. (starts at 3:43)

Schools Stars (Aerospace Career Day), Columbia Star, November 25, 2016.

2016 Shining Star Recipient
Commander Robyn Mance

‘To infinity and beyond’:  Richland One launches summer space camps,, June 4, 2016.

Happy 20th Anniversary!   Click here for highlights of our Anniversary Celebration!

From STEM to space:  Richland One Challenger Learning Center celebrates 20 years,, February 29, 2016.

Cause for Celebration: Challenger Learning Center Anniversary, This Week, February 17, 2016.

Cause for Celebration, Straight from the Supe, February 13, 2016.

Richland One to celebrate 20th anniversary of district’s Challenger Learning Center, Millennium Magazine, February 11, 2016.

Richland One Challenger Learning Center 20th Anniversary, Cola Daily, February 11, 2016.

Richland One celebrates 20th anniversary of Challenger Learning Center, The Columbia Star, February 11, 2016.

Challenger Center celebrates 20 years of space training and imagination in Columbia, The State, February 11, 2016.

Challenger Center aims to launch children into aerospace workforce, Columbia Regional Business Report, December 14, 2015.

Challenger Learning Center hosts Aerospace Career Day, General Aviation News, November 30, 2015.

Students learn about Aerospace Industry, WLTX, November 13, 2015.

Aerospace Career Day gets students interested in aviation industry,, November 14, 2015.

SC Aerospace News, SC Council on Competitiveness, June 29, 2015.

Hubble @ CLC-RCSD1, NASA, April 24, 2015.

W.A. Perry Middle School students sit in replica of Friendship 7, The Columbia Star, December 19, 2014.

Friendship 7 Space Capsule Lands in Columbia–for the afternoon, The State, December 11, 2014.

Challenger Learning Center hosts career day, General Aviation News, November 18, 2014.

The Challenger Learning Center sponsors fourth annual Aerospace Career Day, Millennium Magazine, October 29, 2014.

South Carolina State Museum expansion grand opening includes surprise appearance by NASA chief, Cola Daily, August 17, 2014.  (and rocket launches by Challenger Learning Center!)

Young Minds Take Flight at Astronaut Academy, The State, June 11, 2014.

Challenger Learning Center Offers Summer Camps, The Columbia Star, June 6, 2014.

T.S. Martin Scholarship Winner, Carolina Panorama Newspaper, June 5-11, 2014.

Richland One Challenger Learning Center Opens Registration for Summer Robot, Rocket Camps,, June 1, 2014.

Challenger Learning Center Tours Boeing DreamLearner, Aerospace News, June 2014 – Volume 1.

Space Day at Roper Mountain Science Center, Kidding Around Greenville, May 7, 2014.

Outsmart Your Kids:  Summer Camps Keep Kids Learning, Free Times, March 27, 2014.

Family Space Night, The Week In A Blink, February 9, 2014.

Aerospace Career Day at the Challenger Learning Center, WLTX, November 15, 2013.

S.C. Astronaut Plaques on Display at Challenger Learning CenterThe Columbia Star, September 6, 2013.

Former USC President James Holderman Donates Space Memorabilia to the Challenger Learning Center of RCSD1, August 19, 2013. (also in The Columbia Star, August 23, 2013.)

Smart Minds, Healthy Bodies, Free Times Parent, Summer 2013, page 6, Summer 2013.

Challenger Centers Invite Students to Fly, AVS Flyer, January 3, 2013. (page 2)

Liftoff for SC State Museum Expansion, Examiner, October 12, 2012.

SC State Museum Celebrating $23 Million Expansion, Midlands Connect, October 11, 2012.

NASA’s Bolden Launches State Museum’s Expansion, South Carolina Radio Network, October 11, 2012.  (watch the video!)

SC State Museum Celebrating $23 Million Expansion, AP State Wire News (The Sacramento Bee), October 11, 2012.

Connections:  Innovative Teaching Techniques, ETV, July 7, 2012.  (from 21:07-24:56)

Home Sweet Home:  Rising to the Challenge, The State:  Living Here, June 24, 2012.  (Click HERE to view as PDF.)

This Week @ NASA, June 22, 2012, Hometown Kickoff (from 2:26-3:35)

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden Walks Down Memory Lane… and Finds a Bright Future, NASA Summer of Innovation, June 18, 2012.  (click to view article as PDF; click Summer of Innovation home page to view PDF of NASA SoI when a picture of our Rocket Camp was on their banner)

Students Say Science and Camp Go Together, WLTX, June 18, 2012.

Prize Patrol Surprises Customer Care Chamption Award Winners, This Week, May 21, 2012 (volume 25, number 33)

The Challenger Learning Center of Richland County School District One, Palmetto Aviation, Spring 2012 edition (page 10-11)

rocket autographed by General Bolden
General Bolden launched “The Golden Bolden” and autographed it.
rocket autographed by General Bolden
“The Golden Bolden” is on display at the Challenger Learning Center.