A couple of years ago the Challenger Space Center ran into financial difficulties and was not able to keep up with their obligations. The center is located on the Sunrise Mountain High School campus in Peoria. My understanding was that they changed management and restructured some of their payment terms.
Now it appears that they're still having difficulties. Here's an article from last week's AZCentral.com explaining this in more detail.
I know one part of the solution; they need to get more people through the door! I hate to say it, but I haven't been there yet. I love that kind of stuff (History Channel, Discovery Channel, the Planet Earth shows, etc.), and I have two kids - I should be an ideal candidate! Maybe it's their marketing (or lack thereof). Maybe they need to partner with the local schools. Maybe they need to take some lessons from the Arizona Science Center!
I would love to see this become more popular. It would be great for our area, the PUSD school district, and our kids. I think this summer I'll buck the trend, and make it a point to visit the Challenger Space Center. I'll let you know more about it after I go…
- Chris Butterworth