Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana (Hammond, IN)


  • Name:Mrs. Amanda Maynard
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana
  • Address:c/o Purdue University Calumet
    2300 173rd Street
    Hammond, IN 46323
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:219-989-2007
  • Main fax:219-989-3256

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana is to create an exciting learning environment that promotes the continued exploration of the Earth and space sciences through innovative programs that challenge how teachers educate, students learn and businesses operate. Our organization will continue to foster in the community a long-term interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

  • History:
  • The Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana is a space science education center located on the campus of Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana. It is licensed by Challenger Center for Space Science Education headquartered in metropolitan Washington, DC. The Challenger Learning Centers were conceptualized days after the Challenger accident in 1986. The crew's families wanted to create a living memorial to honor their loved ones by continuing the Challenger crew's educational mission. There are currently 52 learning centers internationally that benefit thousands of students and teachers every year.

    Since its inception in February 1999, the Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana has been able to provide an unequaled educational hands-on experience for nearly 150,000 children in Northwest Indiana and Northeast Illinois. Over 2,200 teachers have been trained with innovative methods for teaching math, science, and life skills.

    The programs offered at the Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana are Sky Voyages (planetarium programming) for 2nd - 4th graders, simulated missions for 5th - 8th grades, and e-Missions (distance learning) for 3rd - 10th graders. Each of these programs has a teacher professional development component. Our center also offers corporate missions, summer camps, science center activity labs, Girl Scout programming, preschool programs, birthday parties and public tours.

  • Year established:1999
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:14
  • Advisory board size:14
  • Staff size:14

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Karen Compton, Retired teacher in Portage, Indiana
    Dr. Charlie Costa, Director of NWI Educational Service Center
    Thomas Dabertin, Owner of Shared Resources Solutions, Inc.
    Kathy DeGuilio-Fox, Business Development Manager for Purdue Technology Center
    Vic DeMeyer, Retired Mgr. of Corporate & Community Relations for NIPSCO
    John Eberhardt, III, Systems Branch Manager for Johnson Controls, Inc.
    John Hanak, Director of Purdue Technology Center
    Michael Kobe, Retired Director of Talent Development for Hammond, Indiana schools
    Joel Palaschak, Coordinater for Community Affairs for United States Steel Corporation
    Dr. Robert Rivers, Dean of School of Education for Purdue University Calumet
    Thomas Taylor, Director of Personnel for Portage Township Schools
    Jennifer Vavrek, Gifted-Talented teacher
    Bill Wellman, Vice-President of Whiteco Industries
    Marty Wielgos, Chief of Staff for City of Hammond, Indiana

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Amanda K. Maynard
    Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Jan Olesek, Business Manager
    Jennifer Daake, Lead Flight Director
    Ann Vassar, Full-time Flight Director
    Judy Leliaert, Science Center Coordinator
    Karen Adams, Science Center Coordinator
    Karen Kovach, Planetarium Coordinator
    Carol Khoury, Planetarium Coordinator
    Lori Preston-Cox, Part-time Flight Director
    Brenda Dean, Part-time Flight Director
    Margie DeCraene, Part-time Flight Director
    Elizabeth Scott, Part-time Flight Director
    Lorene Scheidt, Part-time Flight Director
    Elizabeth Kollada, Part-time Flight Director


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:35-1995603

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:351995603
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Organization Address:2300 173RD ST
  • Organization City:HAMMOND
  • Organization State:IN
  • Organization Zip:46323-2076
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:June, 1998
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general publicĀ 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):994, 149
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code, Other instruction and training
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:B90
  • Asset Amount:$1,477,399
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$498,034
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$461,191
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:38:11 am

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